November 2017, the European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR) was proclaimed by 28
Member States, the European Parliament and the European Commission at the
Social Summit in Gothenburg. The "Pillar", as it has been called
since then, with its 20 principles and rights, was intended to be a guideline
for a strong social Europe and to strengthen the social dimension in Europe.
Outlook: EPSR as a guideline for social Europe?
In our current edition of the ed* we look at the question of whether, five years
after the social summit in Gothenburg, the Pillar has indeed opened a new
chapter in the history of social Europe, as Jean-Claude Juncker, then President
of the European Commission, put it at the time of its proclamation. Has this
become the guiding principle for a more social and just Europe in recent years?
Has it contributed to strengthening social protection at European level?
Review: European initiatives to strengthen social protection
In doing so, we also look back at previous
European initiatives to strengthen social protection in Europe. Thus, the
Pillar is not the first initiative to anchor the "social dimension"
at the European level, an initiative that has received a lot of advance praise.
What is different this time? Why should the Pillar succeed in doing what could
not be done before?
adoption of the Pillar, the need for new legislative and non-legislative
initiatives was also worded. But how has this actually been reflected in
initiatives at the European level in recent years? Could existing gaps in
social security be closed? Using select initiatives as examples, we discuss key
achievements for social insurance.
The future of social Europe
addition, we take a look at the bigger picture and look at potential
development of the EPSR. As part of the Action Plan on EPSR, the European
Commission had announced the establishment of a High Level Expert Group to
examine the future of the welfare state, its financing and the links with the
changing world of work. Ultimately, we address the question of whether the EPSR is another futile
attempt to strengthen the social dimension in Europe or whether it is indeed a
turning point in Europe.
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