SIEPS' Seminars on the Social dimension of the EU

The social dimension of the EU is high on the agenda again as a result of the European Commission´s recent reflection paper on the social dimension of Europe and the upcoming summit in Gothenburg in November hosted by Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

SIEPS have held two seminars on the topic with the aim of clarifying what Social Europe is and to provide a foundation for further discussion. What is the difference between the Social Pillar, Social Europe and what does the social acquis say? The seminars will bring together academics from several European countries and disciplines, ensuring a broad perspective on the topic.

On the 30th of August the free movement of people was analysed. The seminar focused on the current legal framework and the effects of free movement. Speakers were Jörgen Hettne, Senior Researcher in Law, SIEPS and Associate professor at Department of Business Law, Lund University; Eskil Wadensjö, professor in Economics, Stockholm University; and Ylva Nilsson, EU Journalist.

The seminar A Social Europe – what is it really about? was held on 22 September focused on the social acquis - how the social acquis has developed, what is included here, what are the contentious issues? The open method of coordination, the method used in social policy, was also analysed. Has it worked well and are there lessons we can draw form experiences in the member states? 

SIEPS publications on the subject
Benefit tourism? The EU Court of Justice´s latest praxis regarding economically non-active union citizens and their right to social benefits In Swedish
Socializing the European Semester? Economic Governance and Social Policy Coordination in Europe 2020
Freedom of Movement for Workers from Central and Eastern Europe
Is the EU a Social Market Economy? Social Europe – an anthology In Swedish
Social Policy and Labour Law during Austerity in the European Union
Social and Employment Policy in the EU and in the Great Recession
The Socio-Economic Asymmetries of European Integration
Public Procurement and Labour in the EU Summary in English