EU sources -Expert group calls for a more caring Europe -March 23, 2015

The report assesses the strengths as well as the weaknesses of the social policies that have been fundamental to the creation of the European Union.

An initiative by the NGO Friends of Europe has led to a report by an expert group that pleads for a more caring Europe. The report assesses the strengths as well as the weaknesses of the social policies that have been fundamental to the creation of the European Union. On the basis of these findings, the group recommends to the European Commission and the EU institutions actions both to reaffirm Europe’s social principles and to address its competitiveness goals. One of the recommendations is that the EU should invest in the social partners’ capacity to play a more meaningful role, for instance by revisiting the role of the tripartite summit, rather than persistently emphasising that collective bargaining needs to be decentralised. Europe also has to consider the gradual introduction of ‘a guaranteed wage floor’.

English: http://www.friendsofeurope.org/media/uploads/2015/02/Social-Report-2015-WEB.pdf

 

For more information, please contact the editor Jan Cremers, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) cbn-aias@uva.nl or the communications officer at the ETUI, Mariya Nikolova mnikolova@etui.org. For previous issues of the Collective bargaining newsletter please visit http://www.etui.org/E-Newsletters/Collective-bargaining-newsletter. You may find further information on the ETUI at www.etui.org, and on the AIAS at www.uva-aias.net.


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