European Social Policy
Faced with the challenge of growing social inequalities in Europe, exacerbated by the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic and the impact of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the European Union as a whole is under increasing pressure to address social inequalities politically despite limited competencies.
Articles 151 to 161 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) provide the legal basis for social policy. Article 151 specifies the following common goals of the European Union and its Member States: the promotion of employment, improvement of living and working conditions, in order to enable their harmonisation while the improvement is being maintained, adequate social protection, social dialogue, the development of labour potential with regard to achieving a high and sustainable level of employment and combating exclusion.
The European Union can take initiatives to coordinate the social policies of the Member States (Article 5 TFEU) and thus support the sociopolitical cooperation of its Member States as well as set minimum standards throughout Europe.
In this context, the von der Leyen Commission 2019–2024 will further develop the European Pillar of Social Rights, which was proclaimed in 2017 under the initiative of the previous Juncker Commission. With its 20 principles, the European Pillar of Social Rights strengthens the social rights of EU citizens in the three dimensions of equal opportunities and access to the labour market, fair working conditions, and social protection and inclusion. On 4 March 2021, the European Pillar of Social Rights Action Plan was adopted, which provides for three targets by 2030 in the areas of employment, skills and social protection.
EU MonitoringIn our EU-Monitoring, we provide a monthly overview of the activities of the European Union, the Council of Europe and the European civil society organisations in the field of social policy. A special focus is on issues in the fields of child and youth policy, family and reconciliation pol-icy, gender equality policy and policy for older people.
Accompanying the monthly EU Monitoring, we publish focus issues on specific topics. If you would like to receive the monthly EU-Monitoring by e-mail, please write us stating your name and organisation: beobachtungsstelle (a) iss-ffm.de
Please note that the EU-Monitoring is only published in German.
Focus issues of the EU MonitoringIn addition to the monthly issue of the EU-Monitoring, the observatory publishes a focus issue in which the European Union's sociopolitical relevant measures and strategies are presented.
The focus issue is published in German only.