European Commission marks fifth anniversary of European Pillar of Social Rights


The European Commission has marked five years since the launch of the European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR) at its inaugural European Employment and Social Rights Forum (EESRF), which took place across 16-17 November. The EESRF is a new flagship event for the Commission's Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (DG EMPL) and will take place annually.

The EPSR was first proclaimed at the Gothenburg Social Summit in 2017 by the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission, with 20 principles articulated around three main chapters:

• Equal opportunities and access to the labour market

• Fair working conditions

• Social protection and inclusion.

Since then, this commitment has been reaffirmed at the 2021 Porto Social Summit, with the EPSR Action Plan published around the same time. In total, the Commission has put forward more than 130 initiatives to implement the Pillar, including through include pay transparency, equality between women and men, minimum wages and investment in skills, as well as measures related to minimum income, and protecting workers' safety and health.

Full details on the EPSR and the EESRF are available at: