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Bishops’ commission welcomes forthcoming EU document on social rights

March 16, 2016

The EU’s executive body, the European Commission, has announced that a European Pillar of Social Rights will be drafted over the next year.

The document will outline the rights of employees with a view to fostering “a fair and truly pan-European labor market,” said European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

The Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community (COMECE) said in a statement that it “welcomes this initiative and hopes that the proposed provisions may become a key reference document for the EU and the Member States in the field of economic and social affairs … Particularly welcome are the proposed provisions on greater access to social housing and good quality health care.”

COMECE expressed regret that the document will be implemented only in the 19 nations that use the euro currency, rather than in all 28 EU nations.

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