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.