Did you know you have rights that protect you at work? Rights that are there to safeguard you when job hunting. Rights that exist throughout your career and family life, whatever your age, gender, disability status, background or sexual orientation.
All these rights are anchored in the European Pillar of Social Rights and its Action Plan that was endorsed by all EU countries. The Action Plan sets out what Member States and the EU can do to turn the Pillar’s principles into a reality.
But it’s not always easy to understand what your rights are, how you can use them to improve your circumstances or where you can go to get more help.
That’s what this page is for. It’s your one-stop shop, to help you understand and exercise your rights, so that you can build the life, career and family that you desire. You will learn how the European Commission is working to create more jobs, fight inequality and social exclusion, by ensuring everyone can access high quality work and trainings. You will also discover where to find information and help in your own country.
All Member States on board
At the Social Summit in Porto in May 2021, EU countries confirmed their commitment to deliver on the social targets to be achieved by 2030.
Let's make it work, together…
Want to know more about your own country’s national targets? Have a look here.
How is the EU making it work for you?
The EU institutions, national, regional and local authorities, social partners, and civil society ensure everyone in the EU benefits from these rights and that no one is left behind.
of paid leave guaranteed for each worker per year
of directors on corporate boards from the underrepresented gender
of maternity leave
of the net average wage as minimum wage
studied, trained or volunteered abroad in 2020 as part of Erasmus+
Finding work that fits after moving countries
As a newcomer to Sweden, Lindelwa participated in an EU-funded project that helped her refine her skills and find suitable work.
From a dream to a beautiful reality
Thanks to an EU-funded project, Rita opened the beauty salon she always dreamed of.
Work-life balance and more time for family
An EU-funded project helped Emanuele's company to examine and reorganise its operations offering him a much better work-life balance.
Small adjustments in the workplace mean big improvements for neurodiverse workers
With the help of an EU-funded project, Juha was able to find effective ways of coping with his autism at work.