A more social Europe by 2030?
Member States set themselves social targets
IF – 07/2022
European Ministers of Employment and Social Affairs have set out their national
targets for the implementation of the Action Plan on the European Pillar of
Social Rights by 2030. Whether the promising plans can be adhered to by all
Member States in the long term remains questionable.
as an ally behind the Member States, the European Commission expressed positive
and strong support for the Member States. Simply talking about a common and
inclusive Europe is no longer enough.
EU-27 must live up to their national commitments more than ever. Social policy
is a holistic issue and must be perceived and taken into account in all areas
of life. The situation is now also complicated by the Ukraine war and the many
people fleeing to the EU.
Achieving the core social targets by 2030
the Action Plan on the European Pillar of Social
European Commission wanted to build up additional pressure on the Member States
to do their European policy "homework" satisfactorily. These include
labour market reforms, strengthening education and training, and more
investment in social inclusion. At the EU level, the action plan includes three
social targets to be achieved by 2030:
- At least 78 per cent of 20 to 64-year-olds should be employed.
- At least 60 per cent of all adults should participate in
continuing education each year.
- The number of people at
risk of poverty or social exclusion should be reduced by at least 15 million compared to 2019.
Latest figures are encouraging
States also commit to national targets in the social sector. All Member States have now submitted
proposals of their national targets to the EU and presented them at the last
Council of Ministers of Social Affairs. The national targets will contribute to
the achievement of the core employment, skills and poverty reduction targets by
terms of the employment rate for all Member States, the national targets (78.5
per cent) are already above the EU core target (78 per cent). For education and
training adults, it is 57.6 per
cent, thus almost attaining the target of 60 per cent. Combating poverty and
social exclusion is an essential part of contributing to a social Europe. The
goal is to reduce the number of people at risk of poverty by 15 million.
Next review in 2023
addition, Russia’s war of aggression in Ukraine and the social and economic
consequences must be taken into account. The results, which were obtained in
surveys with Member States since autumn 2021, are therefore particularly
positive before the start of the war.
European Commission will monitor implementation and progress during the
European Semester in the next cycle in 2023.