EU Sources - The European Pillar of Social Rights - April 30, 2017

The European Commission presented its initiative of a European Pillar of Social Rights. The Pillar is primarily conceived for the euro area but applicable to all EU Member States wishing to be part of it. It sets out 20 key principles and rights to support fair and well-functioning labour markets and welfare systems that are structured around three categories: equal opportunities and access to the labour market; fair working conditions and social protection and inclusion. The European Commission flanks the Pillar with a number of further concrete legislative and non-legislative initiatives such as on the work-life balance of parents and carers, on the information of workers, and on access to social protection and on working time. In a comment, the ETUC appreciated that the Commission considers the need for better enforcement of existing European social legislation and rights, and urged it to bring forward proposals quickly.

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