Publication date : 2002

2001 was a year of major contrasts - political, economic and social. The year began with a certain degree of euphoria in Europe, as demonstrated by the signs of self-satisfaction emanating from the Stockholm summit, the first spring summit held since that of Lisbon; it ended in a climate of uncertainty and anxiety owing mainly to the repercussions of the attacks on September 11. The Belgian Presidency was supposed to be devoted to a debate on the future of the Union, following the failure of the Nice summit, but this topic quite simply disappeared from the list of priorities. Similarly, the Treaty's rejection at the Irish referendum in June has not appeared to cause any particular consternation.

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Preface - Rainer Hoffman, Lars Magnusson, Erika Mezger and Philippe Pochet

Introduction - Christophe Degryse and Philippe Pochet

Chapter 1 - Social dialogue and the legislative process: breathlessness and hesitation - Christophe Degryse

Chapter 2 - Employment: the last year before change - Philippe Pochet

Chapter 3 - Oskar Lafontaine's dream: an opportunity for economic policy co-ordination? - Anne Dufresne

Chapter 4 - The future of the Union and the Laeken Declaration - Cécile Barbier

Chapter 5 - Action against poverty and social exclusion: first phase completed - Ramn Pena-Casas

Chapter 6 - Pensions: substantial headway towards an uncertain goal - Philippe Pochet

Chapter 7 - Overview of case law of the Court of Justice in 2001 in the field of social policy - Dalila Ghailani

Conclusions - Christophe Degryse and Philippe Pochet

Timeline 2001: the main high points in the social domain - Christophe Degryse