Jean-Claude Juncker wants Europe to become more social
The European Commission President announced he is to holding a European Union social summit later in the year as part of his vision of the future.
Mr Juncker’s European Pillar of Social Rights will focus on three aims: to create equal opportunities and access to jobs across the EU, ensure fair working conditions for employees and make sure everyone has adequate access to health services and childcare
He said he had received feedback from around 16,000 people during a series of public consultations throughout last year which strengthened his resolve to push ahead with more European legislation on social rights.
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker (L) speaks with former European Parliament Schulz
It is time to establish the European Pillar of Social Rights
Mr Juncker said: “It is time to establish the European Pillar of Social Rights.”
Mr Juncker’s dream of a European Pillar of Social Rights was first mentioned in his 2015 State of the Union address when he said he wanted to identify a number of essential principles common to EU member states, focusing on their needs and challenges in the field of employment and social policies.
Social Summit for Fair Jobs and Growth will take place in Gothenburg, Sweden, in November
The European Commission said: “Once established, the Pillar should become the reference framework to screen the employment and social performance of participating member states, to drive reforms at national level and, more specifically, to serve as a compass for the renewed process of convergence within the euro area.”
The Social Summit for Fair Jobs and Growth will take place in Gothenburg, Sweden, on November 17 and Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven will co-host the event with the Mr Juncker’s Commission.
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Jean-Claude Juncker said it was time for a European Pillar of Social Rights
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Wed, January 18, 2017
Jean-Claude Juncker is a Luxembourgish politician. Since 2014, Juncker has been President of the European Commission, which is the European Union Executive Branch.
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Mr Löfven said: “We need to show that we can deliver results in peoples’ everyday lives.
“We want a more social Europe, with fair working conditions and effective labour markets.”
Markus Beyrer, director-general of Business Europe said: “The persisting social problems in Europe are not due to a lack of social policy measures, but to a lack of global competitiveness.”