There is an increased call for developing the social dimension of Europe to take into account the changing realities of Europe’s societies and to address issues such as equal opportunities and gender equality, access to high quality education and the labour market, labour mobility and fair working conditions as well as adequate and sustainable social protection.
The three Presidencies will give particular attention to the rise of populism, racism and hate speech and the perceived competition between migration- and refugee-related priorities. In this context the Presidencies will also attach a particular importance to the respect for the rule of law in all Member States. The three Presidencies will pursue efforts with regard to the social dimension, in particular relating to proposals of the European Pillar of Social Rights (including initiatives on reconciling work and family life).
The Presidencies will promote the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. Moreover, the three Presidencies will pursue work on the European Accessibility Act also in light of the ongoing implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and take into account the benefits of sports in terms of integration, social inclusion and diversity. To read the 18-month Programme of the Council click here