2030 social targets at a glance

On the 7th of May, participants to the Porto Social Commitment have signed up to three 2030 headline targets, which are set in the Commission’s European Pillar of Social Rights Action Plan. What are these targets, and what do they mean for the EU?

According to the agreement, 

  • At least 78% of people aged 20 to 64 should be in employment,
  • At least 60% of all adults should participate in training every year,
  • The number of people at risk of poverty or social exclusion should be reduced by at least 15 million, including at least 5 million children.

This commitment was taken at the first day of the Social Summit in Porto by the President of the European Commission, the President of the European Parliament, the Portuguese Prime Minister currently holding the Presidency of the Council of the EU, the European social partners and civil society organisations. They have further pledged to do their utmost to build a more inclusive, more social Europe. They welcomed the European Pillar of Social Rights Action Plan and strengthened the commitment to transform its principles into action to set in motion a strong, fair and job-rich recovery.

Time to deliver

In the joint commitment, signatories have welcomed the European Pillar of Social Rights Action Plan presented by the Commission in early March which sets out concrete actions to further implement the 20 principles of the Pillar. It also proposes headline targets for employment, skills and social inclusion at EU-level to be achieved by 2030. The Action Plan will help Europe navigate the transformations brought about by new societal, technological and economic developments and by the socio-economic consequences of the pandemic. It will help guarantee that no one is left behind in the twin digital and climate transitions.


The European Parliament, the Council and the Commission proclaimed the European Pillar of Social Rights in 2017 at the Gothenburg Summit. The Pillar sets out 20 key principles and rights essential for fair and well-functioning labour markets and welfare systems in the 21st century. The Pillar is structured around three chapters: (1) Equal opportunities and access to the labour market; (2) Fair working conditions; (3) Social protection and inclusion.

Source: https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/IP_21_2301 

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