Our recommendations for achieving an ambitious European Pillar of Social Rights Action Plan

The European Commission is preparing to publish its European Pillar of Social Rights Action Plan at the beginning of 2021. 

As we celebrate the European Pillar of Social Rights’ third anniversary, it is now more important than ever that EU leaders step forward and ensure the implementation of an ambitious Action Plan at all levels of governance – EU, national, regional and local. A  properly implemented comprehensive and ambitious Action Plan will lead to better working and living conditions across the EU and help ensure the EU’s social recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Most of all, the Action Plan must start by putting people, their rights and needs at the forefront. Building social Europe and achieving the Social Pillar starts and ends with people. 

We invite you to read our recommendations to the EU institutions on the Action Plan, including on legislative and policy action needed to successfully achieve each of the 20 principles of the European Pillar of Social Rights. Below, you will find our full paper followed by some of our suggestions on one thematic initiative for each of the principles in our bitesize fact sheets. 

Full Paper

Building a Social Europe for all with all. Social Platform views on the future of the European Pillar of Social Rights Action Plan 

Fact Sheets

Key Messages Fact Sheet 

➡ Principle 1: Education, training and life-long learning

➡ Principle 2: Gender equality 

➡ Principle 3: Equal opportunities 

➡ Principle 4: Active support to employment

➡ Principle 5: Secure and adaptable employment 

➡ Principle 6: Wages

➡ Principle 7: Information about employment conditions and protection in case of dismissals 

➡ Principle 8: Social dialogue and involvement of workers

➡ Principle 9: Work-life balance

➡ Principle 10: Healthy, safe and well-adapted work environment and data protection 

➡ Principle 11: Childcare and support to children

➡ Principle 12: Social protection 

➡ Principle 13: Unemployment benefits

➡ Principle 14: Minimum income

➡ Principle 15: Old age income and pensions 

➡ Principle 16: Health care

➡ Principle 17: Inclusion of people with disabilities

➡ Principle 18: Long-term care

➡ Principle 19: Housing and assistance for the homeless

➡ Principle 20: Access to essential services