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 2018, the SOC Commission will focus on:
• implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights at the EU level and in the Member States and the role of trade unions therein
• pending and expected horizontal social and employment legislative proposals in the EU institutions such as on access to social protection in all forms of employment, the establishment of a new European Labour Authority and a European Social Security Number and a revision of the Written Statement Directive
• impacts of digitalisation on employment, worker rights and the work of trade unions
• psycho-social risks at work, especially in new forms of employment
Leadership of the Commission
JORDÁN DE URRÍES
Policy adviser, CESI General Secretariat