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Delivering on the European Pillar of Social Rights: A year on

A ground-breaking initiative for a stronger social Europe was jointly proclaimed by the European Parliament, the Commission and the Council on 17 November 2017.

The European Pillar of Social Rights confirms the Union’s shared commitment to new and more effective rights for citizens including improved working conditions.

One year later, we are looking at significant progress achieved. In April, in line with the current Healthy Workplaces Campaign, the Commission proposed to limit workers' exposure to five cancer-causing chemicals. Estimates show that this proposal would improve working conditions for over 1,000,000 EU workers and prevent over 22,000 cases of work-related illness.

In June, another agreement was reached including proposals for directives on work-life balance and transparent and predictable working conditions.

EU-OSHA is an active supporter of the Pillar of Social Rights through many activities such as our work on  the safety and health of older workers which offers analysis of policies and initiatives addressing the challenges of ageing workforces across Europe.