This working paper explores whether or not the European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR), an initiative that has been called ‘the last chance for social Europe’, will succeed in filling in the gaps when it comes to making social policy at the EU level. More specifically, it assesses the EPSR’s potential impact on the policy-making process at the EU level.

I argue that, while so far there has been very little detectable impact, the EPSR does offer some hope that certain things could change, especially after the adoption of the proclamation in November 2017. However, any change will depend on how well and actively the EPSR will be picked up and instrumentalised by the EU institutions and other stakeholders. For now, a big part of the EPSR’s potential remains untapped and the Commission has not (yet) done a great job in envisioning the instrumentalisation of this brand new instrument.

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