European leaders signed a declaration promoting education and skills, employment, social protection, and social dialogue in the European Union by implementing the European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR).
On 7 and 8 May the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union hosted the Porto Social Summit, an opportunity for European leaders to meet and discuss objectives to set the European agenda for the next decade.
At this occasion, they adopted the Porto declaration on social issues, establishing 13 main action points to ensure an inclusive recovery, with education and skills at the heart of the EU's political action.
In the Porto declaration, EU leaders reaffirmed their commitment to work towards a social Europe by further pursuing the implementation of the EPSR at EU and national level. The EPSR is described as a fundamental element for the recovery, its implementation will be essential to ensure the creation of more and better jobs for all and to address the demographic challenges. EU leaders also highlighted the role of social dialogue and the importance of active involvement of social partners for achieving progress.
The declaration stresses the need to promote gender equality and address the risks of exclusion for vulnerable persons such as the long-term unemployed, older persons, persons with disabilities and the homeless. It also lays out the need to support and invest in skills and education and to stimulate employment transitions towards sectors where there is a growing demand for labour, such as in the social services sector.
The Social Employers welcomes the Porto declaration and will continue its work to support the implementation of the EPSR to strengthen social Europe.
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