COMMUNICATION FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT, THE COUNCIL, THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COMMITTEE AND THE COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS A STRONG SOCIAL EUROPE FOR JUST TRANSITIONS
1. This report of the EU Commission to the other EU bodies outlines the Commission’s views for the content of an Action Plan to implement the European Pillar of Social Rights. The document is meant to launch a broad discussion with EU countries, regions and social partners ahead of creating an Action Plan in early 2021.
2. The Social Pillar is about social justice in the EU. It was proclaimed by all EU institutions in 2017 and contains 20 broad principles aimed at improving equal opportunities and jobs for all, fair working conditions and social protection and inclusion.
3. The UK Government is already taking action in the policy areas featured in the report:
• In the area of equal opportunities and jobs for all, the UK’s policies on education, training and skills, including digital skills, are compatible with EU work in this area. The government has dedicated policy measures and resources in place to tackle youth unemployment, including a clear focus on policies related to skills, including apprenticeships. The UK has introduced measures to encourage women’s participation in the labour market and has brought in mandatory gender pay gap reporting for larger businesses. The Government has also launched schemes to help disabled people to access meaningful employment on a full and equal basis with others. The Government is backing UK SMEs to create high-quality jobs throughout the United Kingdom, with investment in innovation, skills, industries and infrastructure, and the British Business Bank programmes help to finance tens of thousands of smaller businesses.