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SIP response to the implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights

The European Pillar of Social Rights is the European Commission’s strategy to deliver new and more effective rights for citizens. It has three main categories:

  • Equal opportunities and access to the labor market
  • Fair working conditions
  • Social protection and inclusion

To support the implementation of the Pillar, and prepare the ground for the Pillar’s Action Plan (to be presented in early 2021), the Commission launched a call for pledges to implement the Pillar from European, regional and national stakeholders.

SIP mapped seven out of the 20 Principles of the European Pillar of Social Rights that link directly to SIP’s four priorities: indicators, education, employment, research.

SIP calls upon the EU institutions and national governments to pursue the following to implement the European Pillar of Social Rights:

  • Pain as an indicator (principles 16-18): Develop instruments to assess the societal impact of pain (pain as a quality indicator).
  • Pain education (principles 1, 3 & 5): Prioritise pain education for health care professionals, patients, policymakers, and the general public.
  • Pain in employment (principles 3, 5, 10 & 17): Initiate policies addressing the impact of pain on employment and include pain in relevant existing initiatives.
  • Pain research (principle 16): Increase investment in research on the societal impact of pain.

Read more and download SIP response here.

For more information please also see the 2018 Joint Statement.

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