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Pillar of Social Rights - 08.05.2017

EU social pillar leans in the right direction for a fairer social future
Flexible working arrangements, a paternity leave, a framework to assess Member States’ performances: in the package on the Pillar of Social Rights presented by the European Commission on 26 April 2017, many elements show the EU is going in the direction of a fairer social future.

The social pillar is obviously a crucial topic for European local governments, given their role as public service providers.

With the appropriate conditions for its implementation, this legislation should help towns and regions deal with challenges such as (youth) unemployment or demographic change (ageing population and migration flows). On top of this, the social pillar should reinforce the social dimension of the EU, which is also an important means to reconnect European citizens with the European project.

One particularly important point will be finding the appropriate balance of what needs to be dealt with at EU level and what should be organised by Member States or local or regional governments - respecting the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality. Our involvement, as local and regional governments and social partners, is fundamental for the successful implementation of the new policy initiatives in the social pillar.

CEMR will be publishing a position paper on the European Pillar of Social Rights on 13 June. The positive elements we have identified and our main demands for the implementation of the package will be reflected in it.

Stay tuned for more information on this front.
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