SIEPS’ Seminar Series this autumn 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.

This autumn SIEPS will hold a series of 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: 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.

Further seminars will be held in Stockholm during the autumn. The focus is on the social acquis - how has the social acquis developed, what is included here, what are the contentious issues? The open method of coordination, the method used in social policy, will also be analysed. Has it worked well and are there lessons we can draw form experiences in the member states? Seminar 22 September: A Social Europe – what is it really?


SIEPS publications on the subject