The European Commission has presented its work programme for 2022, highlighting its engagement to strengthen social dialogue at EU and national level.
On the 19 October, the Commission adopted its annual work programme setting out the list of the most important actions for 2022. The programme contains 72 main initiatives to address the challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change and the impact of demographic changes in an increasingly digital world.
The Commission will continue to focus on the European Pillar of Social Rights and on the implementation of its action plan, to ensure the access to quality jobs, fair working conditions, broad social protection and a better work life balance.
In the work programme, the Commission also highlights its engagement to strengthen social dialogue at EU and national level to support the key role of social partners. An initiative that the Social Employers of course welcome and will continue supporting with projects, such as FORESEE project and with its work together with EPSU.
A decision on the Joint Social Employers / EPSU application for a social dialogue committee should also be taken within this initiative.
In the framework of this new work programme, a European care strategy will be presented to address both carers and care receivers, from childcare to long-term care (LTC). The strategy will set a framework for policy reforms to guide the development of sustainable LTC that ensures better and more affordable access to quality services for all. In addition, it will help to close the gender employment gap, contribute towards gender equality and a better work-life balance, especially in predominantly female sectors such as the social services sector.
Read the Commission Work Programme 2022 here.