This roundtable took place online on 11 October and it brought together Equality Bodies, civil society organisations and European institutions to discuss the role of National Equality Bodies in the implementation of the 2021 Action Plan of the European Pillar of Social Rights.
Find below a list of resources to dive deeper into the roundtable’s topic.
The European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR) was adopted in 2017 as an ‘Interinstitutional Proclamation’ of the European Parliament, the Council, and the Commission. The Commission refers to the Pillar as ‘a compass for a renewed process of upward convergence towards better working and living conditions in the European Union’. It is described as a shared political commitment and responsibility in the Pillar’s preamble, but the Commission takes the view that the responsibility for implementing the Pillar lies – to a very large extent – with the Member States. In 2021, the European Commission released a detailed Action Plan for implementing the European Pillar of Social Rights, which clarifies and elaborates further the responsibility of Member States in implementing the ESPR in their respective national contexts.
The delegation of responsibility for implementing the EPSR to the Member States provides an opportunity for National Equality Bodies to contribute to a successful realization of the Pillar’s 20 principles at the national level. Crucially, the principle of equality is prominently mentioned in both the European Pillar of Social Rights and in its 2021 Action Plan, being emphasized through multiple references to the principles of gender equality, equal opportunities, and equal treatment.
The overarching objective of this roundtable was to identify specific roles and activities for Equality Bodies which could be of greatest added value to the effective national implementation of the Action Plan.
Additionally, the roundtable aimed at:
Session I: the European Pillar of Social Rights Action Plan
Session II: Implementing the Action Plan