Brussels, 6th May 2021 - Tomorrow, President von der Leyen will participate in the Social Summit in Porto, organised by the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the EU. Executive Vice-Presidents Vestager and Dombrovskis, High Representative/Vice-President Borrell as well as Commissioners Gabriel, Schmit and Ferreira will also take part.
The Porto Social Summit will bring together EU institutions, Heads of State or Government, social partners and civil society representatives. The summit will be an opportunity to renew the joint commitment to a strong social Europe and a fair, inclusive and resilient recovery.
In March, the Commission put forward an Action Plan to further implement the European Pillar of Social Rights and address the socioeconomic consequences of the pandemic, as well as more long-term demographic, societal and technological challenges. The Action Plan also proposes EU-level targets for employment, skills and social protection to be achieved by 2030. Dedicated sessions will focus on the topics ‘From Gothenburg to Porto' and ‘Implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights', followed by three parallel workshops dedicated to ‘Work and employment', ‘Skills and innovation' and ‘Welfare state and social protection'.
Speeches at the opening and closing sessions of the first day of the Summit will be live on EbS, as well as the press conference with Presidents von der Leyen, Sassoli and Michel and Portugal's Prime Minister Costa which will take place at +/- 19:40 CEST.
A press release on the outcomes of the first day of the Summit will be published in the evening. More information about the programme of the Porto Social Summit as well as media arrangements is available on this website.