European Heads of State or Government met in Gothenburg on 17 November 2017 with EU institutions, social partners, civil society, students and leading experts at the Social Summit for Fair Jobs and Growth, organised by the Swedish Government and the European Commission.
The Social Summit for Fair Jobs and Growth focused on how to boost inclusive growth, create fair jobs and foster equal opportunities for all men and women, while acknowledging common challenges and the wealth of experiences around Europe. Discussions took place in a unique, open and interactive format which resulted in different perspectives being heard and different solutions debated, all taking account of common challenges and the specificities of national context and priorities. Live streams allowed citizens all over Europe to follow the discussions in real time.
At the Summit, the European Pillar of Social Rights was proclaimed by the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union. This reflects the shared responsibility and the need for joint efforts by all levels of government, social partners and civil society to deliver a strong social Europe. The Pillar expresses principles and rights that are essential for fair and well-functioning labour markets and welfare systems in 21st century Europe.
In December, the European Council will follow up the Gothenburg Summit, addressing the social dimension in the discussion on the future of the EU. This short report of the Summit prepared under the hosts joint responsibility will help frame those discussions. The report will be translated into the official EU languages, which will be published on this website.