ENNHRI Statement on the European Pillar of Social Rights

In 2016, the European Commission launched a consultation on the development of the European Pillar of Social Rights. All relevant stakeholders including social partners, citizens, civil society organizations and State authorities were given an opportunity to make an assessment of the present EU social ‘acquis’, to reflect how new trends including technological development and demographic changes impacted on societies, and to provide their views on the European Pillar of Social Rights as a part of deeper and fairer Economic and Monetary Union.

The core function of NHRIs is to promote and protect human rights. This also enables them to improve the implementation of economic, social and cultural rights at the national level via training and awareness raising, individual assistance, investigations and inquiries, monitoring, research and reporting, advising governments and parliaments, and engaging with regional and international human rights systems.