|AEIP has submitted its response to the public consultation on the Pillar of Social Rights|
AEIP welcomes and supports the European Pillar of Social Rights initiative. We consider that it provides a good opportunity to take a holistic approach to the present acquis in reviewing its relevance to face complex societal challenges, economic changes and aftershocks of the crisis that have led to new fragilities in the European society.
Such an approach is the only way to identify possible areas for action in the context of a process of social innovation. A structured dialogue with the Member States and the social partners will be key in identifying the issues and possible solutions.
Against this background, AEIP considers that the EU Pillar can represent a unique opportunity for strengthening the social dialogue and for further developing and spreading the paritarian model across Europe. AEIP believes that social protection has to be based on the concepts of solidarity, risk sharing, efficiency, good governance and transparency of costs, as the values shared by all our members. Therefore AEIP urges the EU Institutions to actively promote and support these principles and we welcome the European Pillar of Social Rights as a tool that could effectively contribute to the actual implementation and enforcement of the social dialogue and of the paritarian model and its underlying principles.
Guiding principles in the AEIP response
In the context of promotion of the general principles in the design and implementation of social protection policies, we believe the provisions of the Pillar of Social Rights should be based on several considerations, to be mainstreamed across all domains:
Besides these general remarks, AEIP has structured its response to the consultation in its key priority fields of operation: pensions, healthcare, employment and social dialogue.