Ahead of a vote in the Council on Friday (29 March), which risks derailing the updating of the Regulations on Coordination of Social Security systems, Marek Benio provides some timely insight and advice.
On this single issue, David Cameron was right. Member states must have the option to index child benefits to the cost of living where the benefits are paid out, write Morten Loekkegaard and Troels Lund Poulsen.
Overly flexible labour markets and poor quality jobs are harming the European economy, not making it more competitive. Restoring the social safety net for entrepreneurs would benefit us all, writes Agnes Jongerius.
Climate change is likely to cause complex legal, foreign policy and security issues, claims Cleo Paskal in a paper for Chatham House published in June 2007. Adapting international law is only addressing part of the problem, he believes.
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.
This report from the French Economic Mission for Enlargement offers a comparative study of health care systems in the different CEECs, including a summary with facts and figures for each accession country.