A new group has been set up to encourage Governments and EU institutions to fully implement the European Pillar of Social Rights.
The group ‘Stand Up for the Social Pillar’ brings together social economy enterprises and organizations including cooperatives active in industry and services, trade unions, pro-European organizations and social NGOs, and has as its mission to
- ensure that the European Pillar of Social Rights delivers results that improve people’s lives and builds support for a more social, inclusive and fairer European Union, characterized by less socio-economic inequalities;
- encourage implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights by the EU Institutions, national Governments and other organizations;
- promote social investments, social rights, social economy, the adoption of legislation and democratic dialogue with policy makers as means of implementing the Pillar;
- spread knowledge about the European Pillar of Social Rights and its 20 principles at national and local level.
The alliance aims to give a much-needed new impulse to implementation of the Pillar now and into the future. Currently implementation is running into difficulties in Council and more needs to be done in the draft new EU 2020-27 budget for funding social investment. With the European elections next year candidates for the new Parliament – and Commission – need to be committed to continue implementation of the Pillar.
‘Stand Up for the Social Pillar’ aims to make national organizations more aware of the significance and political importance of the principles of the Pillar and create an environment in which national Governments and EU institutions commit to full implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights.
The group aims to have a series of activities in member states and the EU institutions, and with member organizations, starting with a meeting in the European Parliament on September 25.
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