The European Employment and Social Inclusion Strategies – Second Printing
Edited By Jonathan Zeitlin and Philippe Pochet
INTRODUCTION: The Open Method of Co-ordination in Question 19
INTRODUCTION The Open Method of Co-ordination in Question* Jonathan ZEITLIN I. The Open Method of Co-ordination as an Unidentified Political Object No development in European integration has aroused greater interest or greater controversy in recent years than the Open Method of Co- ordination (OMC). Since its annunciation as a new and broadly applica- ble instrument of EU governance at the extraordinary Lisbon European socio-economic summit in March 2000, drawing on experience with the co-ordination of national economic and especially employment policies over the preceding decade, the OMC has been extended to cover an enormous range of policy fields. Beyond the Broad Economic Policy Guidelines (BEPG) introduced by the Treaty of Maastricht (1992), and the European Employment Strategy (EES) inaugurated by the Treaty of Amsterdam (1997), the OMC has become the central tool of EU social policy-making in the new millennium, with formal co-ordination proc- esses launched for social inclusion and pensions in 2001-2003, and further proposals pending from the Commission and the Parliament for the application of this method to health and long-term care. As part of the "Lisbon Strategy" aimed at turning the EU into "the most competi- tive and dynamic knowledge-based economy in the world capable of sustainable economy growth with more and better jobs and greater social cohesion" by 2010, the March 2000 European Council authorised the extension of the OMC to a host of other policy areas, such as re- search/innovation, information society/eEurope, enterprise promotion, For helpful comments on the introduction and concluding chapter to this...
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