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Making the European Pillar of Social Rights real

Today the European Commission published the European Pillar of Social Rights Action Plan, a set of concrete actions to accelerate the implementation of the principles and further turn Europe's social rights and principles into a reality. The scope is to develop a strong Social Europe that focuses on jobs and skills for the future and paves the way for a fair, inclusive and resilient socio-economic recovery.

The European Pillar of Social Rights Action Plan outlines concrete actions to further implement the principles of the European Pillar of Social Rights as a joint effort by the Members States and the EU, with an active involvement of social partners and civil society. It also proposes employment, skills and social protection headline targets for the EU to be achieved by 2030.

The Action Plan sets three headline targets for the EU to be achieved by 2030:

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

The new 2030 headline targets are consistent with the UN Sustainable Development Goals and set the common ambition for a strong Social Europe. 

As a result of the pandemic, the European Commission also presented a specific Recommendation on Effective Active Support to Employment following the COVID-19 crisis (EASE). The Recommendation promotes job creation and job-to-job transitions from declining sectors towards expanding sectors, notably the digital and green ones. These new measures should contain three elements: (1) hiring incentives and entrepreneurial support; (2) upskilling and reskilling opportunities; (3) enhanced support by employment services. 

More on the European Commissions website.

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