European Pillar of Social Rights: EESC Members to lead debates across Europe

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In March 2016, the European Commission presented an initiative for a European Pillar of Social Rights to put into motion President Juncker’s commitment to secure “a fair and truly pan-European labour market”, as a part of the on-going work on achieving a deeper and fairer Economic and Monetary Union. The EESC wants to ensure that European civil society is fully involved in this important initiative. It is therefore organising debates with organised civil society in all the Member States. This will provide a platform to exchange and gather views on the most urgent social and economic challenges at national and European level, and how a European Pillar of Social Rights could contribute to addressing these.

The debates will take place from September to mid-October 2016 and the recommendations will feed into the EESC Opinion on the European Pillar of Social Rights, which is due to be adopted at the January 2017 plenary session. The EESC Opinion will contribute to the European Commission’s White Paper on the future of the Economic and Monetary Union anticipated for publication in 2017.

The EESC Opinion will cover a range of issues, including the future of work in the context of the changing realities of the world of work such as the transition to a digital economy in the EU, how the labour market can better address the needs of companies, workers and job-seekers, how to secure sustainable and quality social protection and services, as well as how to promote and sus - tain cohesive societies in Europe. Reflecting the importance of the Social Pillar to the Committee, the Presidents of the three EESC Groups will take on the role of rapporteurs of the EESC Opinion: Mr. Krawczyk (Employers’ Group), Mrs. Bischoff (Workers’ Group) and Mr. Jahier (Various Interests Group).