The External Dimension of EU Social Policy

08-07-2010

This study assesses EU impact on promoting social standards in non-member countries. The EU is very ambitious and its external social policy is becoming increasingly coherent. However, it is argued that there is still a need for a more integrated and professional approach; a new social alliance should be built; and implementation and enforcement of current initiatives should be enhanced. Furthermore, the instruments should be adjusted; and finally social responsibility of companies should be improved.

This study assesses EU impact on promoting social standards in non-member countries. The EU is very ambitious and its external social policy is becoming increasingly coherent. However, it is argued that there is still a need for a more integrated and professional approach; a new social alliance should be built; and implementation and enforcement of current initiatives should be enhanced. Furthermore, the instruments should be adjusted; and finally social responsibility of companies should be improved.

Autor externo

Werner Eichhorst (IZA) ; Michael J. Kendzia (IZA) ; Jonathan Benjamin Knudsen (NIRAS) ; Dorit Wahl-Brink (NIRAS)