On Monday, 23 October, at the EPSCO Council meeting the text of the Proclamation of the European Pillar of Social Rights was agreed, giving authorisation to sign it on behalf of the Member States at the Gothenburg Summit to take place on 17 November 2017. SOLIDAR recognises the effective inter-institutional efforts to secure a strong Proclamation for progress on the concrete outline of the principles and rights enshrined in the Pillar.
However, the text has slightly changed in paragraph 14, which in its final version reads: “For them to be legally enforceable, the principles and rights first require dedicated measures or legislation to be adopted at the appropriate level.” That means Member States will have the legal competence to implement the principles and rights within the Pillar accordingly.
Against this background, SOLIDAR calls on Member States to ensure the comprehensive implementation of all principles and resulting measures contained in the Pillar in order to guarantee the full range of social safeguards applicable in all EU Member States (and not only the Eurozone).
The Social Summit, which SOLIDAR will attend as part of the Social Platform’s delegation, will gather heads of State and Government, social partners and other key players to work together on a more social Europe and to promote fair jobs and growth. It will be a key moment to steer the work forward, in line with the broader discussion on the social dimension of Europe.
SOLIDAR considers the European Pillar of Social Rights as a step in the right direction, as it means that the social dimension and discussions on social progress have returned to the European agenda, together with the fundamental question of inequality. However, the European Pillar of Social Rights should mean proper solutions and actions that finally achieve social consolidation and bring a social dimension into economic policy.