On Thursday March 4th, the European Commission published the European Pillar of Social Rights Action Plan, which sets clear objectives for Member States and the Union, to be reached by 2030. This ambition to become a strong Social Europe includes special focus on jobs and skills for the future, and further establishes the foundations for a fair, inclusive and resilient socio-economic recovery of the EU at large. The headline targets for the EU to reach by 2030 are: 
  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 European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR) originated at the Gothenburg Summit in 2017, where the European Council, Commission, and Parliament agreed on 20 key principles and rights for effective and fair welfare systems and labour markets in the 21st century.   
EPSR principles and rights are organised into 3 chapters: Equal opportunities and access to the labour market; Fair working conditions; and Social protection and inclusion. Some principles are of particular interest to EuropeActive’s work, such as (but not limited to): (1) Education, training and life-long learning, (2) Gender Equality, (3) Equal opportunities, (17) Inclusion of people with disabilities. 
The Action Plan is set to be launched at the Porto Social Summit (May 7, 2021), which will be the opportunity to further reflect on reinforcing ‘Europe’s social dimension to meet the challenges of a fair, inclusive and resilient recovery, and the green and digital transition’. 
The latest information and documents on the European Pillar of Social Rights Action Plan are available here.
Mar 11, 2021 By Pauline Joskin