The European Pillar of Social Rights is the most importante initiative to relaunch the social dimensiono f the EU project of the last 20 years. It has two main purposes: updating social rights in face of new challenges, and rebalancing the European integration and the way the Single Market and the Eurozone operate, particular after the 2008 financial crisis.
In November 2017, the European Commission, the European Parliament, the European Council and the Heads of States and Governments of all Member States jointly signed and proclaimed the European Pillar of Social Rights at the Gotemburg Social Summit. This political commitment made at the highest level was historical, as it puts social rights back in the EU agenda.
This brochure recalls the European Parliament’s report because it remains the most ambitious definition of a European Social Pillar approved by European Institutions and provides a compass for the ongoing process of implementation, which is bringing about several new tools. These tools, which are also shortly presenred here, show that the promise of the Social Pillar is satring to be delivered, but a lot remains to be done to really deliver on the commitments!