Following up on President Juncker‘s 2015 State of the Union address on 9 September 2015 and in line with the 2016 Commission Work Programme, today the College of Commissioners held a first orientation debate on establishing a European Pillar of Social Rights.
- The Pillar should be a self-standing document, which would serve as a framework to screen employment and social performance in the light of changing work patterns and societies and, more generally, as a compass for the renewed process of convergence within the euro area.
Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis, responsible for the Euro and Social Dialogue, commented: «The European Pillar of Social Rights is the cornerstone of the Commission’s ambition to power convergence; to bring our economies and social priorities more aligned, closer to the best performers. The time has come to establish a consolidated and clear set of social rights that properly reflect the changing realities of 21st century Europe. We will launch a wider consultation to ensure that the European Pillar of Social Rights captures the views of all stakeholders.»
Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, Marianne Thyssen, said: «We know that the world of work is rapidly changing. This entails new opportunities, but also new challenges. We need to ensure that workers can be offered decent protection today and tomorrow. I am determined to deliver on the promise of giving Europe a «Social Triple A» rating. The European Pillar of Social Rights will deliver the framework to do so.» The Commission will launch a broad consultation in a few weeks. Social partners, national, regional and local authorities as well as civil society will be invited to contribute.