About: social model

Špidla: ‘Social innovation’ needed to restart economy

Squeezed by the economic crisis, Europe's labour markets can find new dynamism through social innovation, said Vladimir Špidla, EU commissioner for employment, social affairs and equal opportunities, in an exclusive interview with EURACTIV.

Social safety net key to EU recovery, say leaders

EU leaders meeting in Brussels today (20 March) are rejecting pressure from the US to increase stimulus packages, and instead placing their hopes of economic recovery on European welfare and social spending.

Managing European social policymaking

"Finding the right mixture of European and national decision-making is key to a fair and efficient social policy for the twenty-first century," write Andrej Stuchlík and Christian Kellermann, researchers at the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES), a German think tank, in a January paper.

Davignon: Europe needs a new social model

The first half of 2009 will determine not only whether the EU is successful in leading the global response to the financial crisis, but also what is required to make the European social model work in the 21st century, according to former European Commissioner Viscount Etienne Davignon, president of both Friends of Europe and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Europe, who spoke to EURACTIV ahead of this week's EU summit.

Reflecting on EU solidarity

The European Union has had a social agenda since the early days of the European Economic Community (EEC), argues Joachim Fritz-Vannahme, director of European projects at the Bertelsmann Stiftung, in a November paper.

Commission pushing for ‘New Social Agenda’

The Commission yesterday revealed plans to update the current social agenda and better integrate it into the EU's overall policy framework. The main focus lies in addressing cross-border health care, improving workers' rights and promoting better education systems.

Reform Treaty leaves unions with mixed feelings

The European Trade Union Confederation and social NGOs have welcomed the new 'Reform Treaty' agreed upon by EU leaders in Lisbon last week. At the same time, they expressed disappointment over Poland and the UK's opt-outs from the Charter of Fundamental Rights.

Council stresses social dimension of EU agenda

Although they were somewhat overshadowed by decisions that the Council made on climate change and better regulation, a large part of trade-union and social-NGO demands found their way into the Conclusions of the 8-9 March Spring Summit in Brussels. 

Job quality becomes EU focus

Employment and social affairs ministers are meeting for a three-day informal summit in Berlin, to discuss future social models in Europe and reforms necessary to reconcile the needs for flexibility and social security.

Social NGOs call for values in EU decision making

At a conference organised by the Social Platform, politicians, officials and NGO activists discussed the importance of a European social model to bringing the EU closer to its citizens. 

‘New Social Europe’ to reconcile growth and labour reforms

Poul Nyrup Rasmussen, PES president and former Prime Minister of Denmark, presented the hypothesis behind a project complementing the Lisbon agenda.

Parliament: “No alternative” to reforming social model

The Parliament adopted, with a broad majority, its own-initiative report on a European Social Model for the future.

Delors sees need for EU minimum salary

Urging UNICE to re-engage in the European Social Dialogue, the former Commission President Jacques Delors backed a common minimum salary.    

Europe urged to rethink its social model

A panel gathered by Pierre Jonckheer MEP (Greens) and European social think tanks discussed a report on social developments in 2005 and questioned the redefining of the EU project around the growth and employment paradigm.

Experts debate future of EU labour market

Where should the priorities in EU labour policy be? Can the Danish flexicurity success be exported? How to reconcile flexibility and social security? Those questions and more were debated by a panel at Employment Week.
Future EU 31-10-2005

Hampton Court summit ‘unlikely to go down in history ‘

In spite of the choice for the symbolic Hampton Court venue, the UK Presidency has failed to make important progress on any of the EU's burning issues at the 27 October 2005 Council, commentators agree. 

Long Live the European Social Model

In a commentary for the Wall Street Journal, Jack Lang, the former French education, research and culture minister and one of the best-known socialist politicians in his country, argues it was not a good idea in the first place to make social Europe the theme of the Hampton Court summit, because this model was not what was in question.
EU Priorities 2020 27-10-2005

Blair, Chirac in drive to win back citizens’ support

Social Europe, innovation and globalisation issues are the topics the EU summit should address in order to win back support for the European project, UK Prime Minister Tony Blair and the French President Jacques Chirac agree. 
Brexit 26-10-2005

Make or Break Summit? – Britain’s persistent EU delusions

"Copy me, I'm the best and you're wrong" - that is the UK government's attitude towards its guests at the Hampton Court Social Council, on 27 October 2005, says Kirsty Hughes in this commentary for EURACTIV. The 24 other EU countries are rather unlikely to follow such a charming invitation. New Labour's economic policy still places the Blair government to the right of European Christian Democrats and in the camp of right-wing populists like Italy's Berlusconi or Spain's Aznar. 

Blunkett: look to European, not US social models

David Blunkett, the UK work and pensions secretary, argues that more important lessons are to be learnt for EU member states from successful European social models than from those of the US and Asia.

EU debates European social model

At two important events, leaders of the EU and its member states will discuss the European model, focusing on whether successful models such as the Nordic one can be transferred to countries in distress.

Flexibility and social security key to employment, experts agree

The model of flexicurity - a combination of easy hiring and firing, high benefits for the unemployed and a pro-active labour market policy - could solve many of Europe's unemployment problems, experts at a conference agreed.
Enlargement 07-09-2005

EU leaders meet to tackle labour reforms

The UK Presidency has announced the venue for the informal summit in which EU leaders will debate the sustainability of the European social model.

The future of social policy in an enlarged EU

At the end of 2002, a high-level panel of social and labour experts was asked to find a way forward for social policy in an enlarging European Union. Their report demonstrates how the European social model can maintain its central place in a functioning market economy.