Submission to the European Commission on the First preliminary outline of a European Pillar of Social Rights

This submission is the IHREC’s contribution to a major consultation conducted by European Commission in 2016 on the draft ‘European Pillar of Social Rights’. The Pillar of Social Rights outlines proposed non-binding EU standards in twenty social policy domains. The IHREC’s main recommendations are (a) that the European Commission ensure that each of the proposed standards undergo an equality mainstreaming evaluation; (b) that the revised draft of the European Pillar of Social Rights demonstrates how each principle reflects the requirements of European human rights law; and (c) that the Pillar of Social Rights be strengthened by setting out the steps that will be taken to reform EU law on social rights.