The European Commission has announced an Action Plan to further implement the principles of the European Pillar of Social Rights. The Plan focuses on jobs and skills for the future and paves the way for a fair, inclusive and resilient socio-economic recovery.
The European Pillar of Social Rights Action Plan outlines concrete actions as a joint effort by the Members States and the EU, with an active involvement of social partners and civil society. It also proposes employment, skills and social protection headline targets for the EU to be achieved by 2030.
EU targets for a common ambition by 2030
The Action Plan sets three headline targets for the EU to be achieved by 2030:
- At least 78% of people aged 20 to 64 should be in employment.
- At least 60% of all adults should participate in training every year.
- The number of people at risk of poverty or social exclusion should be reduced by at least 15 million.
The Commission has also presented a Commission Recommendation on Effective Active Support to Employment following the COVID-19 crisis (EASE), to support a job-rich recovery.
With this Recommendation, the Commission provides concrete guidance to Member States on policy measures, backed by EU funding possibilities, to gradually transition between emergency measures taken to preserve jobs in the current crisis and new measures needed for a job-rich recovery. The Recommendation promotes job creation and job-to-job transitions from declining sectors towards expanding sectors, notably the digital and green ones. These new measures should contain three elements: (1) hiring incentives and entrepreneurial support; (2) upskilling and reskilling opportunities; (3) enhanced support by employment services. EU funds, including from the Recovery and Resilience Facility and the European Social Fund Plus, are available to help Member States finance their EASE measures.
For More Information
Questions and Answers: the European Pillar of Social Rights Action Plan
Questions and Answers: Commission Recommendation on Effective Active Support to Employment following the Covid-19 crisis (EASE)
Factsheet: European Pillar of Social Rights Action Plan
Factsheet: Effective Active Support to Employment (EASE)
Communication: European Pillar of Social Rights Action Plan
Staff Working Document accompanying the European Pillar of Social Rights Action Plan
Commission Recommendation on an effective active support to employment following the COVID-19 crisis (EASE)
Eurobarometer Report on social issues
European Pillar of Social Rights website
Latest information on the Action Plan