Two years later, what has changed?

The 2021 Social Summit was one of the highlights of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

A moment whose main objective was to mark the European agenda for the next decade, ensuring that we face the challenges of the present and the future without leaving anyone behind.

The Action Plan on the European Pillar of Social Rights proposes three targets to be achieved by 2030:

  • Increase the employment rate of the population between 20 and 64 years old;
  • Raise the annual rate of adult participation in education and training;
  • Reduce the population at risk of poverty or social exclusion.


These are goals which reflect the common ambition of the European Commission and the Member States for a more social, fairer and inclusive Europe.

This Action Plan aims to implement the European Pillar of Social Rights, composed by 20 principles which promote a stronger, fairer and more inclusive Social Europe.

  1. Education, training and lifelong learning
  2. Equality between men and women
  3. Equal Opportunities
  4. Active employment support
  5. Secure and adaptable employment
  6. Salaries
  7. Information on conditions of employment and protection in case of dismissal
  8. Social dialogue and worker participation
  9. Balance between professional, personal and family life
  10. Healthy, safe and adapted work environment and data protection
  11. Reception and support for children
  12. Social protection
  13. Unemployment benefits
  14. Minimum income
  15. Old-age benefits and pensions
  16. Health care
  17. Inclusion of people with disabilities
  18. Long term care
  19. Housing and assistance for homeless people
  20. Access to essential services