The implementation of the European pillar of social rights was discussed with the EU political experts

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2018 02 01

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At the meeting of Vice-Minister of Social Security and Labour Eitvydas Bingelis with the representatives of the European Economic and Social Committee and the European Commission Representation in Lithuania, the relationships of the European pillar of social rights with the European Semester, challenges faced during the pillar implementation in Lithuania and suggested solutions were discussed.

'The most sensitive fields, which we believe should receive the greatest attention, include children's poverty, inclusion of disabled people, long-term care, housing and support for homeless, minimum incomes and social dialogue', said Mr. Bingelis when highlighting the principles of the European pillar of social rights. 'Measures aimed at improving all these fields are included into the Government's programme.' 

According to the Vice-Minister, social dialogue is one of the measures which significantly determine changes in other fields as well, for example, pay rise, safe and flexible employment.

The issue of poverty, indicators of income inequality, their relevance when shaping policies in appropriate fields was raised at the meeting. The members of the European Economic and Social Committee suggested inclusion of the summary of social indicators reflecting their direct relationship with the European pillar of social rights into this year's National reform agenda.

The meeting participants emphasised the need for the synergy of economic and social fields, while social partnership and social dialogue were named among the crucial prerequisites leading to positive changes. The social partners believe that inclusion of civil society into the implementation of necessary reforms and strengthening of the middle class are also very important.

At the social summit held in November 2017, in Goteborg, the EU heads announced the European pillar of social rights. There are 20 principles and rights established in the document aimed at supporting fair and effective labour markets and social welfare systems. Implementation of these principles and rights is the joint responsibility of the Member States, EU institutions and social partners. Further information about the European pillar of social rights is available on: https://ec.europa.eu/commission/sites/beta-political/files/social-summit-european-pillar-social-rights-booklet_lt.pdf.