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May 2019
Integrating the European Pillar of Social Rights into the roadmap for deepening Europe’s Economic and Monetary Union
Sebastiano Sabato, Francesco Corti, Bart Vanhercke and Slavina Spasova (April 2019)
 
This study for the Workers’ Group of the EESC explores three policy instruments to implement the European Pillar of Social Rights. First, Member States should "socialise" the EU budget. Second, the report argues in favour of an equivalent European Unemployment Benefit Scheme. Thirdly, it proposes to launch a "Social Imbalances Procedure" which would involve identifying national social imbalances, multi-annual action plans, conditional financial support and monitoring implementation.
 
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European Unemployment Insurance? A more modest approach in the short term, more ambition in the long term
OSE Opinion Paper - Günther Schmid (May 2019)
 
This working paper argues that the concept of European Unemployment Insurance needs to be fundamentally revised. Günther Schmid proposes an enhancement and extension of the existing European Social Fund, to create a “European Employment and Social Fund”, with elements of a “genuine” European employment insurance as well as a “reinsurance” mechanism for asymmetric shock absorption. The pros and cons of these alternatives are discussed.
 
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À la recherche de l'Europe sociale
Philippe Pochet (May 2019)
 
Le projet européen est en crise. Pourtant, depuis le traité de Rome de 1957, l’intégration étroite des États membres a toujours été une priorité de l’UE. Une intégration économique au détriment du volet social du projet européen. Un débat nouveau et décisif s’engage, ouvert sur l’avenir. Philippe Pochet - ancien directeur à l’Observatoire social européen - plaide en faveur d’une dynamique socio-écologique européenne qui prendrait en compte problématiques du passé et enjeux du futur.
 
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