The European Pillar of Social Rights is our social strategy to make sure that the transitions of climate-neutrality, digitalisation and demographic change, as well as the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, are socially fair and just. It builds upon 20 key principles.

European Commission, 14 January 2020

To support the implementation of the Pillar and prepare the ground for the Pillar’s Action Plan (to be presented in early 2021), the Commission launched a public consultation on “Reinforcing our social Europe” to discuss the implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights in Europe.

What can we improve for a more social Europe?

FAFCE raised several elements:

  • Principle 1: Education, training and life-long learning: improve the access to education for all children and tackle the digital gap in the respect of the subsidiarity principle;
  • Principle 2: Gender equality: fight the maternal mobbing and the discriminations against women in the workplace;
  • Principle 3: Equal opportunities: erase the obstacles faced by families in their role;
  • Principle 9: Work-life balance: support parents to balance work and family;
  • Principle 11: Childcare and support to children: ensure the access to affordable and quality childcare services and recognise the value of unpaid work;
  • Principle 15: Old age income and pensions: fight the motherhood pension gap;
  • Principle 18: Long-term care: support flexible working arrangements for carers and facilitate family long-term care as the optimum solution.


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