Social Europe Post-Porto: what now and where next? (Egmont, Belgium)

Expectations were high for the Porto Social Summit, held at the start of May. As the first social summit in nearly four years and in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, it was hoped that the gathering would offer an important political signal by EU leaders that the recovery would be an inclusive and fair one.

While all 27 heads of governments committed themselves to EU social targets on jobs, skills and poverty reduction, there were clear points of tension. In this dialogue, Commissioner Nicolas Schmit and Maria João Rodrigues reflected on the outcomes of the Porto Social Summit, their expectations for the European Pillar of Social Rights Action Plan and its place in the recovery, and the next steps for Social Europe.

The discussion was moderated by Aileen McLeod, Associate Director, EPC, with comments by Jean-Louis De Brouwer, Director of the European Affairs Programme, Egmont Institute.

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