The European Pillar of Social Rights sets out a general right to education and training throughout life.
It goes further than Article 14 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union by
focusing on quality and inclusiveness.
The Pillar aims to ensure high quality education and training provision, both formal and non-formal.
It emphasises the relevance of education and skills for successful participation in the labour market
and for social cohesion. It emphasises opportunities to maintain and acquire skills. This entails
flexible opportunities for learning and re-training which should be available at all times throughout a
person's life and working career, including early childhood, initial, further, higher and adult education
and training systems.
Inclusive education, training and lifelong-learning entail accessible means to acquire, maintain or
develop skills and competences to a level that equips everyone for active life. For example, the
special needs of people with disabilities or of those from disadvantaged backgrounds should be
catered for so that they are ensured access on an equal basis.
Further emphasis is put on the skills required during labour market transitions, encompassing
changes in employment status, changing employer, entering or returning from career breaks or
moving between employment and self-employment. This encompasses inter alia the acquisition and
maintenance of basic digital skills