SOLIDAR Update on the Pillar of Social Rights

Since the launch of the concept of a European Pillar of Social Rights, SOLIDAR has been advocating for a strong proposal introducing a set of enforceable social rights which can be implemented to achieve upward social convergence as well as upgrade labour law and social protection systems in the EU.

In our latest briefing report on the European Pillar of Social Rights, SOLIDAR calls on the institutions and Member States to adopt a strong Proclamation on the European Pillar of Social Rights at the European Social summit in Gothenburg in November. The European Institutions shall engage to achieve tangible progress on the concrete outline of the principles and rights enshrined in the Pillar.

Based on the findings of 2015 and 2016 SOLIDAR SPW, the SOLIDAR network calls for strengthening the European Pillar of Social Rights through a rights based approach and thereby achieve improved social cohesion and upwards social convergence.

Further legislative measures are needed to advance upward social convergence within the EU, for example an EU framework for adequate minimum income provisions in all Member States. At the same time, the enforcement and implementation of existing EU legislation and is crucial, such as equality and non-discrimination legislation but also the strengthened implementation of the Active Inclusion Recommendations.