The European Pillar of Social Rights was proclaimed and signed by the Council of the EU, the European Parliament and the Commission during the Gothenburg Social Summit for fair jobs and growth.
The Social Pillar is intended to drive forward a social Europe for all European citizens. It aims at strengthening the social acquis and delivering more effective rights to citizens. It focuses on employment and social aspects and ensuring that the European social model is fit for the challenges of the 21st century. The objective of the Pillar is to contribute to social progress by supporting fair and well-functioning labour markets and welfare systems.
It sets out 20 principles and rights, divided into three categories:
- equal opportunities and access to labour market,
- dynamic labour markets and fair working conditions,
- public support /social protection and inclusion.