In November 2017 the “European Pillar of Social Rights” was solemnly proclaimed by the European Parliament, the Council and the European Commission. It expresses principles and rights essential for fair and well-functioning labour markets and welfare systems in 21st century Europe. In the preamble, the European institutions and Member States commit themselves: “Delivering on the European Pillar of Social Rights is a shared political commitment and responsibility. The European Pillar of Social Rights should be implemented at both Union level and Member State level within their respective competences, taking due account of different socio-economic environments and the diversity of national systems, including the role of social partners, and in accordance with the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality."
Two and a half years later representatives of European civil society, trade unions and church-related organisations came together in Stuttgart in the first days of March and discuss the social situation and the current needs across the different Member States and regions. The participants mapped out the recent developments in the diverse member states and worked on an open letter as a contribution to the debate on the future process of the European Pillar of Social Rights.
They had an intensive exchange of local experiences. At the end of the second day, a working meeting with representatives of all the political groups at the Regional Parliament of Baden-Württemberg took place. The participants presented their observations and expectation to all the different political parties and had an exchange on their positions. Tulip Foundation is an active member of Social Europe.