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European Pillar of Social Rights

On 26 April 2017, the European Commission presented its vision for a European Pillar of Social Rights.

The initiative is meant to strengthen the social dimension of the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) and builds on the Commission's White Paper on the future of Europe.

The Commission sees the Pillar as 'a compass for a renewed process of upward convergence towards better working and living conditions in Europe'. It is conceived for the euro area but applicable to all EU Member States wishing to be part of it.

The Communication on the European Pillar of Social Rights was presented on 26 April 2017 together with a number of legislative and non-legislative initiatives related to work-life balance, information for workers, access to social protection and working time.

The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) reacted cautiously positive but 'expects  the Commission to go further and start a real process for upward convergence, making concrete improvements for working people in Europe'.

EU official documents

External publications of ETUI researchers

Other external publications

Media coverage

The discussion on the European Pillar of Social Rights can also be followed via the Twitter hashtag #SocialRights