European Pillar of Social Rights: Proclamation and Signing

The European Pillar of Social Rights:
Proclamation and Signing

The European Pillar of Social Rights was proclaimed and signed today by the Council of the EU, the European Parliament and the Commission during the Gothenburg Social Summit for fair jobs and growth.

The Prime Minister of Estonia Jüri Ratas, signing the proclamation on behalf of the Council, stated

“The Social Pillar captures what Europe believes in. We want a Europe that tackles unemployment, poverty, and discrimination, a Europe that gives equal opportunities to the young and vulnerable. The Social Pillar builds on our common values and will guide our future work for a fairer Europe.”

The Social Pillar is intended  to drive forward a social Europe for all European citizens. It aims at strengthening the social acquis and delivering more effective rights to citizens. It focuses on employment and social aspects and ensuring that  the European social model is fit for the challenges of the 21st century. The objective of the Pillar is to contribute to social progress by supporting fair and well-functioning labour markets and welfare systems.

The Social Pillar is intended to drive forward a social Europe for all European citizens. It aims at strengthening the social acquis and delivering more effective rights to citizens. It focuses on employment and social aspects and ensuring that  the European social model is fit for the challenges of the 21st century. The objective of the Pillar is to contribute to social progress by supporting fair and well-functioning labour markets and welfare systems.

It sets out 20 principles and rights, divided into three categories:
• equal opportunities and access to labour market,
• dynamic labour markets and fair working conditions,
• public support /social protection and inclusion.

Source: Council of the European Union Press Release 17.11.2017