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The European Pillar of Social Rights: Five years on

Wednesday 09 November 2022  10:30 - 12:30


Agnes Mach
Policy officer, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung EU Office
Ana-Carla Pereira
Cabinet Expert for Commissioner Nicolas Schmit
Attila Bőhm
Policy and Advocacy Officer, COFACE – Families Europe
Christian Morabito
Senior Expert, FEPS and Forum Disuguaglianze Diversità
Elizabeth Kuiper
Associate Director and Head of the Social Europe and Wellbeing programme, European Policy Centre
Katarina Ivanković-Knežević
Director for Social Rights and Inclusion, DG EMPL, European Commission
Klaus Heeger
Secretary General at European Confederation of Independent Trade Unions (CESI)
László Andor
Secretary General, FEPS
Liina Carr
Confederal Secretary, European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC)
Maria Baroni
Policy Officer, Social Policies, Child Guarantee, SPC, DG EMPL, European Commission
Maria Jepsen
Deputy Director, Eurofound
Nicolas Schmit
European Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights
Peter Verhaeghe
Senior Policy and Advocacy Advisor, Caritas Europa
Silvia Rainone
Researcher, European Trade Union Institute (ETUI)


Danielle Brady
Junior Policy Analyst, European Policy Centre
Laura Rayner
Policy Analyst, European Policy Centre
Tommaso Grossi
Policy Analyst, European Policy Centre

Click here to see the full list of speakers and the detailed agenda.

The EPSR, proclaimed in Gothenburg in November 2017, sets out 20 principles and rights essential for fair and well-functioning labour markets and social protection systems. The EPSR Action Plan, adopted in May 2021, proposes headline targets for the EU to reach by 2030. However, five eventful years after the Pillar was proclaimed and in the context of Russia’s war in Ukraine and the cost-of-living crisis, where does the EU stand on implementing the EPSR and meeting the three Action Plan’s targets?

After an opening presentation, three workshops will take place in parallel, each looking at a specific target of the Action Plan. One group will explore the gender employment gap, a second group will look at adult training and skills, and the third will focus on child poverty.

Commissioner Nicolas Schmit opening remarks:

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