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Europe 2020

Towards a More Social EU?


Edited By Eric Marlier, David Natali and Rudi Van Dam

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.


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13 List of Main Abbreviations and Acronyms Used BEPG Broad Economic Policy Guideline CJEU Court of Justice of the European Union COFACE Confederation of Family Organisations in the EU CPAG Child Poverty Action Group DG Directorate-General DG ECFIN DG for Economic and Financial Affairs of the European Commission DG EMPL DG for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities of the European Commission EAPN European Anti-Poverty Network EES European Employment Strategy EIoP European Integration online Papers EMCO Employment Committee EMU European Monetary Union EPAP European Platform against Poverty EPC Economic Policy Committee EPSCO EU “Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs” Council of Ministers ESF European Social Fund ESN European Social Network EU European Union EU-15 The 15 “old” EU Member States, before the May 2004 and January 2007 Enlargements (Austria, Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Spain, Finland, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Sweden, United Kingdom) EU-27 All 27 EU Member States (EU-15 plus Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia) EU-SILC EU Statistics on Income and Living Conditions FEANTSA European Federation of National Organisations Working with the Homeless FP Framework Programme Europe 2020: Towards a More Social EU? 14 HCSACP Haut-Commissaire aux Solidarités Actives Contre la Pauvreté IA Impact assessment IG Integrated Guideline IORP Institutions for occupational retirement provision JRSPSI Joint Report on Social Protection and Social Inclusion NAP National Action Plan NAP/inclusion National Action Plan for social inclusion NAP/employment National Action Plan for employment NARB National Report on Poverty and Wealth NGO...

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