On the 25 January, the EESC (the European Economic and Social Committee) adopted an opinion on the outline of a European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR) proposed by the European Commission to build “a deeper and fairer Economic and Monetary Union (EMU)” and achieve a “triple A social Europe”. The debate took place in the presence of Marianne Thyssen, European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, and Maria João Rodrigues, the European Parliament’s rapporteur on the EPSR.
The opinion sets out the Committee’s initial ideas and proposals to address some of the major challenges confronting Europe today. The Committee emphasised that the EPSR must offer a positive project for all – with policies to facilitate the increase of employment, social progress and productivity as the underlying factors for sustainable growth, and national welfare systems and labour markets that are adaptable and fit for the future. The EESC believes that the future of work should be a key priority in debates on the Pillar to ensure it is fair and inclusive and leads to social progress. Contrary to the Commission’s original suggestion to initially apply the EPSR to the Eurozone only, the EESC is of the opinion that the EPSR should be applied to all the Member States, while acknowledging that particular instruments/mechanisms may be needed for the Eurozone.
The full EESC press release can be read here.