The legal effect of the EPSR

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Olaf Deinert

Summary: 1. The way to the Pillar of Social Rights. 2. Content and legal character. 3. The Pillar as a political compass. 4. The legal effects. 5. Conclusion.


In the article the Author discovers that the European Pillar of Social Rights is an instrument for effective implementation of social rights as laid down in several instruments of primary and secondary law, as set out in the pillar itself for future legislation at union level as well as at national level. The pillar includes a political program and promise to the people of Europe and intends to overcome insofar frictions through divided competences between the Union and the Member States. A “white spot” is that it cannot bind jurisprudence.


Pillar of Social Rights, social rights, social policy, soft law instrument, interpretation of EU law.