On 18 November 2020, Social Platform officially launched its publication “Building a Social Europe for all with all”.
Social Platform views on the future of the European Pillar of Social Rights Action Plan”. This publication is Social Platform’s contribution to the European Commission public consultation “Have your say on reinforcing Social Europe” that is ongoing until 30 November 2020.
The report advocates for the creation of a comprehensive implementation plan for an effective European Pillar of Social Rights that contains ambitious and concrete, measurable targets and timelines for the realisation of each of the 20 principles through:
- EU legislation & policies that establish minimum social standards in Member States;
- Broad inclusion of the 20 principles in the EU’s socio-economic governance through the European Semester process, ensuring a balance of social, economic and environmental priorities;
- Investment in people both at EU and national levels;
- Meaningful involvement of civil society organisations in the realisation and monitoring of the Social Pillar, at EU and national level.
In its introduction, the report highlights the importance of the Action Plan in the context of the socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. It also underlines the importance of creating the right economic governance framework to enable the necessary investment, including social investment, to finance the measures needed to tackle the impact of the pandemic. It also details various features of the Action Plan that Social Platform and its membership believe are indispensable to ensure that it can play an effective role in ensuring Europe’s social recovery from the pandemic and contributing to building a more socially just Europe for all and with all.
Finally, the report highlights the importance of including all thematic policy and legislative initiatives, including those put forward in the context of the European Pillar of Social Rights Action Plan, into an overarching post-2020 strategic framework for the EU.
You can read the full report here