Publication date: 2000

European social policy seems to be at a new turning point. The smooth switch to the euro coincided with an almost unhoped-for economic upturn and drop in unemployment in most European Union (EU) countries. A new Commission is in place and the Social Affairs Commissioner, Anna Diamantopoulou, has stressed the need to create good quality jobs and to promote the economic, employment and social aspects in tandem. EU enlargement is also moving forward, as are the discussions on the “European model” and the risks of social dumping. All are good reasons for taking stock of the EU’s social dimension and the outcomes of the social action programme 1998-2000.

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General Introduction

Chapter 1 - European employment policy in 1999 - Christophe Degryse and Philippe Pochet

Chapter 2 - The novelty of the place of social protection in the European agenda in 1999 through “soft law” - Caroline de la Porte

Chapter 3 - European social dialogue: a mixed picture - Christophe Degryse

Chapter 4 - The social action programme 1998-2000 - Cécile Barbier and Philippe Pochet