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Europe needs urgent implementation of Pillar of Social Rights

Cooperatives in industry and services are essential allies of the Social Europe given their contribution to a competitive economy aimed at quality employment and social progress. As such, CECOP welcomes the proclamation of the Pillar of Social Rights, but wants to see now concrete implementation of it.

Goteborg, 18 November 2017 _ CECOP welcomes the joint proclamation of the European Pillar of Social Rights by the European Council, the European Commission and the European Parliament during the Social Summit held Friday 17 November in Gothenburg, Sweden. EU institutions and Heads of State have given a strong message of hope to European citizens who are now awaiting concrete action that would keep up with the European social model.

Cooperatives in industry and services particularly hail the recognition that economic and social progress are intertwined and hope to see a drastic shift of EU policies towards encouraging investment, including social investment, rather than putting austerity pressure on member states. Being essential allies given their contribution to a competitive economy aimed at quality employment and social progress, cooperatives in industry and services expect to see the Pillar’s principles and rights legally enforceable through the adoption of concrete implementation measures or legislation.

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Related documents:
Read CECOP’s position on the European Commission’s European Pillar of Social Rights
Read CECOP’s reaction to the European Parliament Resolution of 19 January 2017 on a European Pillar of Social Rights

Contact :
Reza Opdebeeck - Communication officer
+ 32 485 50 66 71
reza.opdebeeck@cecop.coop

CECOP is the European Confederation of worker, social and producers’ cooperatives active in industry and services. It groups national organisations in 15 countries which in turn affiliate over 50.000 cooperative and participative enterprises in industry and services, the vast majority being SMEs, and employing 1.4 million workers across Europe. Most of them are characterised by the fact that the majority of their employees are member-owners, while some of them are second-degree enterprises for SMEs. Furthermore, around 4,000 of these enterprises are specialised in the reintegration of disadvantaged and marginalised workers (persons with disabilities, long-term unemployed, former prisoners, addicts, etc.).