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.