Social Summit

The European Pillar of Social Rights Action Plan

The Action Plan aims to effectively implement the European Pillar of Social Rights, which is made up of 20 principles to guide the construction of a stronger, fairer and more inclusive Europe that is filled with opportunities.


The European Pillar was proclaimed by the three institutions of the Union – Council, Commission and Parliament – at the previous Social Summit, held in Gothenburg in 2017.


The Porto Social Summit is aimed at turning these principles into actions that will have concrete results for citizens, in accordance with the motto of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the EU: “Time to deliver”.


The European Commission presented its Action Plan for the implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights on 4 March.


This plan is designed to organise the actions to be taken by the Commission in order to effectively implement the principles of the Pillar, as requested by the European leaders in the Strategic Agenda for 2019-2024, agreed at the European Council in June 2019.


Apart from the Commission's own initiatives, the Action Plan also “encourages” other players, namely the Member States, to implement measures in their areas of competence.


The Action Plan proposes three goals to be reached in Europe by 2030. These goals reflect the common ambition of the European Commission and the Member States and update the goals of the Europe 2020 Strategy.


The Action Plan is expected to be reviewed in 2025. 


European Pillar of Social Rights

The three goals for 2030 proposed in the Action Plan 


1. An employment rate of at least 78% in the EU

This goal includes three sub-goals:

  • Cutting the difference between employment rates for men and women by half in comparison to the figures for 2019
  • Increasing the availability of childcare services (aged 0-5)
  • Reducing the rate of young people (aged 15-29) who are NEET (“not in employment, education or training”) from 12.6% in 2019 to 9% in 2030.


2. At least 60% of adults attending training courses every year

This goal includes two sub-goals:

  • 80% of adults with at least basic digital skills
  • Lowering school dropout rates


3. Reducing the number of people at risk of social exclusion or poverty by at least 15 million people, including 5 million children

Measures proposed in the Action Plan for the European Pillar of Social Rights aim to:

1. To create “more and better jobs”


2. To promote “qualifications and equality”


3. To improve “social protection and inclusion”


The 20 principles of the European Pillar of Social Rights


1. Education, training and life-long learning

2. Gender equality

3. Equal opportunities

4. Active support to employment

5. Secure and adaptable employment

6. Wages

7. Information about employment conditions and protection in case of dismissals

8. Social dialogue and involvement of workers

9. Work-life balance

10. Healthy, safe and well-adapted work environment and data protection

11. Childcare and support to children

12. Social protection

13. Unemployment benefits

14. Minimum income

15. Old age income and pensions

16. Health care

17. Inclusion of people with disabilities

18. Long-term care

19. Housing and assistance for the homeless

20. Access to essential services