On 14th January the European Commission published a communication that describes the multiple challenges Europe is facing: climate action, digitalisation and demographic change and puts forward relevant initiatives. To take advantage of the opportunities that these provide, Europe needs an ambitious social policy moving forward.

This Communication launches a broad discussion – with all EU countries and their regions, and with all our partners. The Commission invites all stakeholders to present their views by November 2020. A first-stage consultation of social partners on fair minimum wages. Based on the contributions received by the end of November 2020, the Commission will present in early 2021 an Action Plan that reflects contributions received throughout the consultation period, and will seek its endorsement at the highest political level.

This Communication sets out the road towards an Action Plan to implement the European Pillar of Social Rights that sets out 20 key principles and rights essential for fair and well-functioning labour markets and welfare systems in the 21st century. Since 2017, the Commission has taken a range of concrete initiatives to put the 20 rights and principles to support fair and well-functioning labour markets into practice at European level.

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