Implementing the European Pillar of Social Rights: Obstacles and Opportunities

On Wednesday 12 July, SOLIDAR participated in a panel debate, organised by Eurodiaconia and hosted by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) to discuss how to move forward with the European Pillar of Social Rights, and ensure effective implementation and policy coherence. Representatives from the EU institutions, trade unions, civil society organisations and Member States took part in the debates, which revolved around matters such as: the rights of the Pillar applying to all citizens in the EU - not only to those living in the euro-zone, how to use EU financial structures to implement the Pillar, and the need for national-level organisations to put pressure on their governments to implement the Pillar.

SOLIDAR calls on the European Institutions to adopt a strong Proclamation on the European Pillar of Social Rights as well as to achieve tangible progress on the concrete outline of the principles and rights enshrined in the Pillar. So far, the Commission has only put forward an initiative related to work-life balance (not including maternity leave) and it will start consultations on providing information for workers as well as on access to social protection which SOLIDAR considers insufficient.

SOLIDAR also drew attention to the importance of linking the Pillar to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and using it as a tool to implement more sustainable social, economic and environmental structures in Europe. Read more about SOLIDAR’s position on the European Pillar of Social Rights here.