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The EEG position on the Social Pillar and European Semester

The European Expert Group on the Transition from Institutional to Community-based Care (EEG)  released its recommendations to ensure that the  European Pillar of Social Rights (Social Pillar) is an effective tool to enforce the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD).

It overall recommends to use the Social Pillar “in synergy with the European Semester to promote a person-centred approach in the reform of social security systems in order to ensure availability of personal assistance and/or adequate individualised support to enjoyri ghts on an equal basis,to develop family and community-based services (i.e. social, health and housing services) and work-life balance measures.”

The EEG recommends the European Union to:

  • Define a clear implementation plan for each principle of the Social Pillar;
  • Reform the European Semester process to rigorously apply the Social Scoreboard;
  • Put in place a rigorous and transparent monitoring system;
  • Meaningfully involve civil society organisations;
  • Create as many synergies as possible among policies and funding;
  • Propose packages with legislative and non-legislative initiatives;
  • Further invest in the Social Pillar when designing the post-2020 EU budget and Cohesion Policy.

EEG paper on the European Pillar of Social Rights and its potential to build an inclusive Europe for all.