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EMU, New Economic Governance & Social Justice

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The EU's ability to improve working and living conditions in its Member States has been increasingly questioned as a result of the policies adopted to stabilise its Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) after the global financial crisis (2008). As the upcoming Eurosummit on 22 January on the "Greek Bailout" reminds us, these policies resulted in "reviews" of collective bargaining systems, reductions of minimum wages and pensions, as well as general welfare state entrenchment. Euroscepticism associated with the feeling of being left behind is linked to these policies, and is said to have contributed to the "Brexit" vote. The EU Commission has reacted by new policy initiatives such as the European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR). However, will the EPSR's solemn proclamation modify EMU sufficiently to revive the EU’s original socio-economic model in the face of ongoing global economic distortions? This research seminar offers input by internationally acclaimed experts for a reflection on this question.

Speakers include Prof Ulla Neergaard (Professor of Law at University of Copenhagen), Dr Bart Vanhercke (OSE – European Social Observatory) and Prof Fabian Amtenbrink (Professor of Law, University of Rotterdam and convenor of EURO-CEFG).

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