Economic, Social and Environmental Council (ESEC) building
19 December 2016

Towards a European Pillar of Social Rights

An opinion issued by the Economic, Social and Environmental Council (ESEC) will play a major part in France’s contribution to the public consultation on social rights launched by the European Commission.
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Myriam El Khomri and Harlem Désir were pleased to see the ESEC’s opinion on the European Pillar of Social Rights adopted on 14 December.
 
The ESEC’s report will play a major part in France’s contribution to the public consultation launched by the European Commission, the results of which are expected to be in before 31 December 2016.
 
The ambitious proposals contained in Emelyn Weber and Etienne Caniard’s report aim at ensuring upward social convergence by fostering portability of social rights and the validity of such rights for all European citizens.
 
They lay the foundations for a relaunch of the European Union’s social pillar and reflect France’s proactiveness in favour of a more social Europe. According to Myriam El Khomri, achieving a social Europe is essential “at a time when populisms bolster citizens’ mistrust of the European project”. The European Pillar of Social Rights will be “the proof that the European project is more than ever synonymous with the future and social progress” and “a strong answer to distrust”.
 
“We hope that the European Pillar of Social Rights will provide us with concrete tools to foster access to employment, increase mobility among young Europeans, ensure equality at work and better protect against the hazards of life. A minimum wage in every country must be at its heart. Our conviction is that a sturdy European Pillar of Social Rights is an essential condition if Europe is to reconnect with its citizens and be equal to its economic, social and democratic ambitions”, Harlem Désir stated.
 

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