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Does the European Union devote sufficient attention to social developments? Many people feel that it does not; they consider Europe to be anything but socially minded. The new President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, wants to change this. To this end, she has expressed emphatic support for an action plan to implement the European Pillar of Social Rights in its entirety. A new large-scale European study of the EU's social dimension, led by University Professor Frank Vandenbroucke at the University of Amsterdam, will help to translate this intention into concrete policy measures. The research consortium has been awarded over three million euros in funding via the EU's Horizon 2020 programme.