Social Challenges of Economic and Monetary Union

Proceedings of the Colloquium of the Observatoire social européen/osservatorio sociale europeo (OSE) – Translation from the French

by Philippe Pochet (Volume editor) Bart Vanhercke (Volume editor)
Others 171 Pages


We are now only few months away from the third stage of the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU). This collection of papers has been made in order to anticipate to the fundamental changes that will be brought about by this step in the making of the European Union. This book aims to widen the debate on the consequences, indeed important, of the EMU on the European social model and in particular on the field of social protection.
The issues tackled in the book range from the budgetary constraints imposed by the Maastricht Treaty and the Stability Pact to the influence of the EMU on the financing of social security and industrial relations. The uneasy debate about the fiscal policy of the European Member States is also analysed in this volume. The discussion is also replaced in a historical perspective showing the progresses and the backslashes in the contents as well as in conceptualisation of the social dimension. This work is not limited to a mere description of the situation. It puts forward a number of concrete propositions. The contribution of the three ministers helps reminding the political dimension of this theme.
Belgian and foreign personalities from a wide range of fields have contributed to the making of this selection (members of the academic world, politicians and decision-makers, high level public servants, and social observers). Because of the diversity of the contributions, this book should be of great interest to a large public. This collection represents an interesting element of reflection to be considered in the future debate on social consequences of the economic and monetary integration.


ISBN (Book)
Bruxelles 1998. 171 pp., 1 graph, 5 tables

Biographical notes

Philippe Pochet (Volume editor) Bart Vanhercke (Volume editor)

The Editors: Philippe Pochet (born 1958) - associate Degree in co-operation to development, Bachelor of Science in political studies - has been director of the Observatoire social européen (Brussels) since 1992. He is Digest Editor of the Journal of European Social Policy and member of the research group on «EMU and the European Model of Society», Council for European studies. Philippe Pochet is a member of the Groupe d'Etudes Politiques Européennes (GEPE). His main research fields are: social impacts of the monetary union, social dimension of the European Union and challenges of the globalisation process. Bart Vanhercke (born 1971) - Bachelor of Science in sociology - has been researcher at the «Observatoire social européen» since 1996. His major research fields are health (care) policy and the social consequences of the enlargement of the EU. He was responsible for the scientific guidance and practical organisation of the colloquium on the social challenges of Economic and Monetary Union (Brussels, 20 January 1998). Bart Vanhercke recently published on the Belgian Public Centres of Social Welfare.


Title: Social Challenges of Economic and Monetary Union