On Tuesday 8 March 2016, the European Commission will present its Social Package, which includes, among others, the launch of a public consultation on the European Pillar of Social Rights. The results of the consultation, which will run until the end of 2016, will feed into the final text on the Pillar.
The establishment of a European Pillar of Social Rights was announced by President Juncker in his State of the Union speech on 9 September 2015, and a first orientation debate was held by the College of Commissioners on 27 January 2016.
The aim of the European Pillar of Social Rights is to set out a number of essential principles to support well-functioning and fair labour markets and welfare systems, to adequately protect European citizens against risks and to enable them to fully participate in society.
Marianne Thyssen, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, will present the Commission's Social Package, including a first, preliminary outline of the European Pillar of Social Rights on Tuesday 8 March at 16:30 in Strasbourg. Available on EBS.
Press material will be made available on the day.