Europe 2020

Towards a More Social EU?

by Eric Marlier (Volume editor) David Natali (Volume editor) Rudi Van Dam (Volume editor)
©2011 Conference proceedings 277 Pages


How can Europe 2020, the EU’s new Strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, lead to a stronger Social EU with less poverty and greater social cohesion? This book by a number of eminent scholars and experts is the first to attempt to answer this question.
The adoption in June 2010 by EU leaders of a target to lift at least 20 million people out of the risk of poverty and exclusion by 2020 is an important step forward. However, delivering on this and the Union’s four other mutually reinforcing targets, and achieving the EU’s ambitious social objectives, raises many political and technical challenges. These are examined in depth in this book.
A key objective of the book is to take a critical look at and draw lessons from the past, 2000–2010 Lisbon Strategy. Another important objective is to explore the format and role of EU coordination and cooperation in the social field in the new EU governance framework, in a context marked by slow recovery after the global economic crisis. Finally, the book also makes proposals for the further reinforcement of this coordination and cooperation and for the improvement of the different instruments available at EU, national and sub-national levels.
The analysis and concrete proposals presented in the book will be invaluable to policy-makers, researchers and other stakeholders interested in contributing to building a more Social EU. They will help to encourage new ideas and innovative approaches.


ISBN (Softcover)
Publication date
2011 (April)
Europe 2020 EU governance Social cohesion Social exclusion Social monitoring Social Europe (or Social EU) Social impact assessment Poverty
Bruxelles, Bern, Berlin, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2010. 277 pp., 2 fig.

Biographical notes

Eric Marlier (Volume editor) David Natali (Volume editor) Rudi Van Dam (Volume editor)

Eric Marlier is the International Scientific Coordinator of the CEPS/INSTEAD Research Institute, Luxembourg, and has written widely on comparative socio-economic analysis, social indicators and social policy monitoring. David Natali is Associate Professor at the Roberto Ruffilli Faculty of Political Science in Forli (Italy) and Co-Director of the European Social Observatory (OSE, Belgium). Rudi Van Dam is Coordinator Social Indicators at the Belgian Federal Public Service Social Security and Country Delegate to the Indicators Sub-Group of the EU Social Protection Committee.


Title: Europe 2020