Decent living and working conditions are at the heart of social Europe. Sustainable economic progress can only be achieved on the basis of fair working conditions for all. Employment has to be fostered and special attention has to be given to the most vulnerable groups on the labour market.
The Employment and Social Affairs Commission promotes the improvement of living and working conditions throughout Europe. Social cohesion, inclusion and integration policies play a central role for improving living and working conditions in Europe. Decent pay and retirement allocations, health and safety in the workplace, working time and achieving a good work-life balance are the focus of the CESI’s SOC Commission’s. Trade union rights and social dialogue are promoted as a means to strengthen Social Europe.
Social Europe needs to make more progress, but to do so Social Europe needs supporters and champions. Sustainable and decent living and working conditions need to be at least on an equal footing over more competition and market rules. In this way, Europe will engage more with its citizens and citizens will engage more in Europe.
In 2017, the SOC Commission will focus on implementing the European Pillar of Social Rights (especially regarding access to social protection, the implementation and application of the EU working time directive, and the role of public social investment for economic growth and social cohesion).
Furthermore, it will be working towards higher youth employment rates (in the context of necessary skills and a facilitated voluntary mobility of apprentices) – jointly with the Education Trade Council.
Leadership of the Commission
JORDÁN DE URRÍES
Policy adviser, CESI General Secretariat