For a better implementation of the Social Pillar, promoting essential services (own-initiative opinion)

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EESC opinion: For a better implementation of the Social Pillar, promoting essential services (own-initiative opinion)

 

Composition of the study group

Administrator: Agota BAZSIK

Assistant: Vicentzia NEAGU

Foreseen for the TEN Section meeting: 22 May 2019
Foreseen for the EESC Plenary session: 19-20 June 2019

Background

The rights and principles forming the European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR) fall into three areas, one of which is social protection and inclusion, which is to say everything touching upon living conditions in our society.

The 20th and final principle of the EPSR deals with "access to essential services". It establishes the right and universal access to essential services of good quality and gives a non-comprehensive list of those services most important to people's daily lives. The Member States continue to be responsible for identifying, organising, providing and funding these services at national, regional or local level. Certain essential services, contained in the European Pillar of Social Rights will contribute efficiently to the economic and social progress. On the other hand, the market competition in economic strategic sectors has weakened the mission of certain essential services.

The EESC opinion would address current issues of fundamental rights, sustainable development and concrete European policy, to deliver and guarantee efficient, affordable, accessible, reliable public and essential services. It will give a strong signal to the EU institutions that it views fundamental rights as the basis for fair economic relations.