Droits sociaux

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  • The EESC has asked the forthcoming Spanish Presidency of the Council of the EU to push forward with the proposal to make the Social Progress Protocol a binding legal instrument, which would help strengthen and preserve social rights in Europe

  • 15 June 2023 - The Employers' Group of the European Economic and Social Committee today pushed through a counter-opinion to strongly voice its concern about adding a Social Progress Protocol that would fundamentally change the nature and functioning of the EU social market economy.

  • Le CESE considère que les propositions de la Commission sur le renforcement du dialogue social dans les États membres et l’Union sont à la fois opportunes et nécessaires, mais il réclame des mesures supplémentaires. Des améliorations s’imposent en ce qui concerne les consultations nationales menées avec les partenaires sociaux, la couverture des négociations collectives européennes et la mise en œuvre des accords entre partenaires sociaux.



  • the EESC proposes:


    • The EESC proposed to make sure that the relevant European and national legislation is fully implemented and enforced so as to reduce precarious work and the prevalence of the associated mental health problems;
    • to adopt specific legislation on preventing psychosocial risks at EU level;
    • to combat identified work-related psychosocial risks at the source.


    • The EESC considers the Social Imbalance Procedure (SIP) an opportunity to enhance the coordination of national efforts to improve their social governance and reduce social inequalities within a country and between Member States
    • underlines that the SIP should be integrated into the European Semester, throughout its different phases
    • calls on the Commission and the Member States to consider making existing rules for funds allocation (including the ESIF, RRF and others) more flexible.
  • Le protocole sur le progrès social proposé lors de la conférence sur l’avenir de l’Europe (CoFE) donne la priorité aux droits sociaux, aux droits des travailleurs et aux droits syndicaux lorsqu’ils entrent en contradiction avec les libertés économiques. Une audition organisée par le Comité économique et social européen (CESE) a toutefois confirmé que, si tous s’accordent à dire que les droits sociaux et les libertés économiques peuvent coexister, l’entrée du protocole dans le droit primaire de l’Union est loin de faire l’unanimité, et les points de vue divergent selon les partenaires sociaux et au sein du monde universitaire.

    • The EESC welcomes the recommendation, especially the establishment of realistic and sufficient criteria for making minimum income available to all;
    • believes that minimum income schemes should be part of national strategies to combat poverty;
    • suggests that Member States should assess minimum income levels regularly and ensure that the minimum income is in line with inflation.


  • The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) calls on the EU and Member States to implement more concrete measures to support the health, housing and financial needs of the growing number people taking on long-term caregiving responsibilities of a family member.

  • The transition towards a low-carbon economy is a fundamental priority. But the green transition will fail without social dialogue. This represented a general agreement among the discussions during the meeting, particularly if climate policies were not made also socially sustainable and did not take into account the needs and worries of working people, of citizens. Key points raised during the debates included the fact that real wages were decreasing with the soaring inflation, the complementarity of fighting climate change and protecting social rights, and the fundamental role of involving Trade Unions in the design and implementation of policies within the Green Deal.

  • Academia, local civil society organisations, representatives of regional and national authorities and members of the European Economic and Social Committee met at a conference in Dolni Vítkovice, a former industrial area for coal mining and steel production in Ostrava, on 11 October 2022. The conference on Reinventing the Moravian-Silesian Region in search of a socially just transition was organised by the EESC's Civil Society Organisations' Group as part of the Czech Presidency of the Council of the EU.