Friday 11 October 2019
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At its 546th plenary session, held on 25 and 26 September 2019, the European Economic and Social Committee adopted the following opinion, available in all language versions:
The EESC has consistently advocated upward convergence and a more effective social policy at both EU and Member State levels. The effective implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR) reaffirms the shared commitment to the European Social Model.
The EPSR is currently being implemented through legislative and non-legislative measures, through specific funding and through changes in the Semester process. European legislation in appropriate areas should set a framework with general common standards, respecting the specific national situations and social systems.
The implementation of the EPSR requires a robust budgetary base and investment at EU and MS level, which requires proper funding from the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) and a "golden rule" for public investment with a social objective.
Regular monitoring of the implementation of the EPSR, with a binding consultation of social stakeholders, should be promoted. For this, the EESC proposes the establishment of a EU Social Policy Forum linked to the Semester process.