Public consultation on the European Pillar of Social Rights10 March 2016
by eub2 -- last modified 10 March 2016
The European Commission presented on 8 March a first, preliminary outline of the European Pillar of Social Rights announced by President Juncker in September last year, and launched a broad public consultation.
Today, the European Commission presents a first, preliminary outline of the European Pillar of Social Rights announced by President Juncker in September last year and launches a broad public consultation
to gather views and feedback from other European institutions, national
authorities and parliaments, social partners, stakeholders, civil
society, experts from academia and citizens. This initiative is targeted
at the euro area, while allowing other EU Member States to join if they
want to do so. The online consultation will run until the end of 2016.
The experience of the
past decade and a half has shown that persisting imbalances in one or
more Member States may put at risk the stability of the euro area as a
whole. As called for by the Five Presidents Report
on "Completing Europe's Economic and Monetary Union", a stronger focus
on employment and social performance is needed as part of a broader
process of upward convergence towards more resilient economic structures
within the euro area.
The aim of the consultation launched today is to make an assessment of the present EU social "acquis", to reflect on new trends in work patterns and societies and to gather views and feedback on the principles identified in a preliminary outline of the Pillar. The results of the consultation will contribute to its final outline and help to identify the scope of future action where necessary. The consultation will run until 31 December 2016 and a consolidated version of the European Pillar of Social Rights should be presented early in 2017.
Once adopted, the Pillar should become a reference framework to screen employment and social performance of participating Member States and to drive reforms at national level. More specifically, it should also serve as a compass for renewed convergence within the euro area.
During his State of the Union speech on 9 September 2015, President Juncker announced the establishment of a European Pillar of Social Rights: "We have to step up the work for a fair and truly pan-European labour market. (…) As part of these efforts, I will want to develop a European pillar of social rights, which takes account of the changing realities of Europe's societies and the world of work. And which can serve as a compass for the renewed convergence within the euro area. The European pillar of social rights should complement what we have already jointly achieved when it comes to the protection of workers in the EU. I will expect social partners to play a central role in this process. I believe we do well to start with this initiative within the euro area, while allowing other EU Member States to join in if they want to do so."