Coface Epsrseminar Discussion Paper

Laying the foundations for a European Pillar of Social Rights

The Pillar will be a unique opportunity to improve the monitoring of the employment and social performance of EU countries. It must also allow social policy stakeholders to rebalance the political agenda of the EU Semester towards an equal focus on inclusion, employment and growth, driven by a strong rights-based social policy agenda for Europe to effectively prevent poverty and social exclusion.

This brief discussion paper sets the context for our reflection seminar taking place on 27 September 2016 in Brussels. The first section of our discussion paper focuses on the content of the future Pillar, drawing out the policy principles which in our opinion are most relevant to address the immediate needs of families and challenges related to demographic changes in the last decade. The second section discusses process-related elements of the future Pillar, with a focus on the scope of the Pillar, on ways to make the Pillar relevant at local level, and how to ensure the link with other ongoing EU legislative processes.

In this paper, we highlight six of the twenty principles which we believe would be useful to address the most urgent challenges of families, and we reflect on the necessary steps to improve their situation. These are also principles where COFACE Families Europe could actively support progress across countries and at EU level, through the knowledge and expertise of its members (civil society organisations representing families and providing a wide range of support services to families).

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