From European Integration to Social Progress

By Emmanuelle Legrand, Arnaud Diemer

If the market and money have played a dynamic role in social building in Europe, they also contributed to devaluing the notion of social progress, and they generated numerous distortions. Social progress in Europe involves a two-sided concept: a social Europe, and a European economic governance model. Social coordination means the recognition of social fields (such as working conditions and workers’ rights, social security, social dialogue, and collective bargaining) as well as a distinction in the skills of the European Union and those of member states, and taking into account the regulation methods and institutions of each member country.


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