Press Release by the ETUCE:
On 26 April 2017, the European Commission released the long-awaited European Pillar of Social Rights. This initiative supported by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker was announced at the occasion of his 2015 State of the Union address. Centred around overarching key principles and rights to support fair and well-functioning labour markets and welfare systems, the European Pillar of Social Rights represents a welcome stance towards a fairer and more social Europe. It is issued at a time where millions of citizens across Europe struggle with burdening austerity measures leading to the deterioration of living and working conditions, and is set to reaffirm the European Union’s commitment to ensure the upwards convergence of social rights. The pillar is composed of key proposals including: a Communication Establishing a European Pillar of Social Rights and its accompanying Staff Working Document, a Commission Recommendation, and a Staff Working Document introducing a Social Scoreboard. The European Commission also published a Reflection Paper on the Social Dimension of Europe.
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