Statement on the European Pillar of Social Rights Action Plan, Pay transparency and Strategy for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities 2021 - 2030

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We are looking forward to working on the European Commission's three major initiatives: a Communication on "the European Pillar of Social Rights Action Plan", a Proposal for a Directive to "strengthen the application of the principle of equal pay for equal work or work of equal value between men and women through pay transparency and enforcement mechanisms" as well as on "the Strategy for the rights of persons with disabilities 2021 – 2030".

Europe stands for the most equal societies in the world, the highest standards in working conditions and broad social protection. A strong Social Europe is the foundation of our citizens' prosperity and wellbeing as well as of a competitive, resilient, green and digital economy based on a skilled innovative workforce.
The European Economic and Social Committee is fully committed to supporting the EU institutions and Member States, at a time when everybody – decision-makers and all relevant stakeholders – need to unite their efforts so that Europe can recover from the pandemic and become stronger and more resilient in the future, while making the best of the green and digital transitions and leaving no one behind.  
The European Economic and Social Committee will work to deliver a substantial contribution on the new Commission's initiatives, reflecting the common position of its members, who come from employers, workers and other civil society organisations in all the 27 EU Member States. The EESC will prepare a resolution, to be adopted at its plenary session of April, contributing to the Porto Social Summit that will take place in May 2021.  The Committee will also draft opinions on the proposal for a Directive on pay transparency as well as the on the strategy on rights of persons with disabilities.

Christa Schweng, President of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and  
Laurenţiu Plosceanu, President of the Section for Employment, Social Affairs and Citizenship (SOC)