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Overview: Labour

Labour market policy

Basic income support for jobseekers

Skilled workers

Transformation of the world of work

Labour Law

Occupational Safety and Health

Social Affairs

Overview: Social Affairs

Social Insurance

Statutory accident insurance

Old-age security in Germany

Social Assistance

Socialcompensation law

Health Care

Participation and inclusion

Europe and the World

Overview: Europe and the World

Europe

Overview: Europe

#MySocialEurope: Germany's Presidency of the Council of the European Union

Employment and social policy in the EU

Working in another EU country

EU external relations

Migration from third countries

European Funds

Overview: Europeean Funds

European Social Fund (ESF)

European Globalisation Fund (EGF)

Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD)

International

Overview: International

International Employment and Social Policy

Labour and Social Policy at the G7/G20 Levels

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Twinning in Labour and Social Policy (Administrative partnerships)

Bilateral social security agreements outside the European Union

International Organisations

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Overview:  Services

Contact

Publications

Overview: Publications

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Press

Overview: Press

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The Ministry

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European Pillar of Social Rights

In 2017, the European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR) was agreed on both by the heads of state and government of the EU’s member states, and also all three institutions, the European Parliament, the Council and the European Commission.

The EPSR includes a total of 20 principles for the fields of employment and social policy. They are divided into three chapters "equal opportunities and access to the labour market", "fair working conditions" and "social protection and inclusion".

The Federal Government is committed to the implementation of the EPSR as a cornerstone for strengthening the social dimension of Europe. The pandemic has presented the world, and also the EU, with new challenges. The EPSR serves as a compass for activities and initiatives at European level, but also at national, regional and local levels, also, even especially, in coping with the economic and social consequences of the pandemic.

The measures should be complementary and mutually reinforcing so that the living conditions of EU citizens everywhere in the EU are improved and social inequality reduced.

Therefore, moving forward with the implementation of the EPSR also played a major role during Germany’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union. In particular, the Council Conclusions on bolstering minimum income schemes represent a step forward in combating poverty and social exclusion.

The start of consultations on the proposed directive on adequate minimum wages in the EU will also move the debate on fair wages forward.

In 2021, the EU Commission will present an action plan for the further implementation of the EPSR. This will be dealt with in the first half of 2021 under Portugal’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Governments, civil society and the population were given the opportunity to submit proposals. The Federal Government also participated in this consultation process.

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