The Changing Legal Context of Employment Policy Coordination: How do Social Policy Issues Fare after the Crisis?

European Labour Law Journal, 5 (1), 6 (2014)

13 Pages Posted: 27 Aug 2014

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Sonja Bekker

Tilburg Law School

Saskia Klosse

Maastricht University - Faculty of Law

Date Written: August 27, 2014

Abstract

On 30th May 2013, the so-called Two Pack entered into force in all Eurozone Member States. Its Regulations seek to reinforce the rules for economic policy coordination and add to the combined analysis and assessment of budgetary, economic, employment and social policies within the context of the European Semester. Starting with the 2014 budgetary cycle, this may further the interconnection between these traditionally separate policy cycles and thus intensify the practice that similar policy items are subject to several, sometimes competing, coordination mechanisms. Hence, the tension between EU competence and Member State and social partner autonomy is likely to grow. To gain more insight into this matter, this article aims to explore which legal instruments are used to coordinate employment and social policy items after the crisis. To what extent do they feature in budgetary and economic governance cycles and how does this affect the Union’s employment and social policy goals? The paper concludes there is a mixed picture, with certain recommendation supporting social policies, while others addressing social issues from an economic perspective.

Keywords: EU social policy, EU governance, EU economic coordination

JEL Classification: K31, K33

Suggested Citation

Bekker, Sonja and Klosse, Saskia, The Changing Legal Context of Employment Policy Coordination: How do Social Policy Issues Fare after the Crisis? (August 27, 2014). European Labour Law Journal, 5 (1), 6 (2014), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2487723

Sonja Bekker (Contact Author)

Tilburg Law School ( email )

Tilburg, 5000 LE
Netherlands

Saskia Klosse

Maastricht University - Faculty of Law ( email )

P.O. Box 616
Maastricht, 6200
Netherlands

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