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Sessione 15 - From the Pillar of Social Rights to Next Generation EU: A Step Change for Social Europe?

Coordinatori / Coordinatrici di sessione: David Bokhorst (EUI/IPE), Francesco Corti (EUI/CEPS) and Edgars Eihmanis (Wroclaw University) and Jonathan Zeitlin (EUI/SNS)

The European response to the Covid crisis marks an important step in the development of Social Europe. The SURE support mechanism to mitigate unemployment risk allowed for a level playing field in short-term working schemes, contributing to smoothening the economic shock. Meanwhile, the Recovery and Resilience Facility allows Member States to invest in social transitions and policies that enhance the resilience of welfare states. The reform and investment plans focus on areas such as childcare, education, health, training, and social protection. Priorities in the plans correspond in part to the gap analysis of the European Pillar of Social Rights, which outlines the key components of social resilience. All in all, the monitoring and supporting role of the EU in domestic social policy-making is becoming more pronounced. What is the added value and impact of this new policy constellation and how do the new European instruments impact domestic policymaking processes? Developments in Social Europe have not only been occurring in the area of new instruments and socio-economic coordination but also in the traditional area of hard law. The EU adopted the Directive on Minimum Wages and Work-Life Balance. 


Accepted paper:

Il network Italiano per l’analisi delle Politiche Sociali.
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