The year 2014 was an important watershed for the European Union. After half a decade of crisis, a new European Parliament was elected and a new Commission took office. When they had the chance in May, many European citizens voiced their disapproval of the political direction the Union has taken in recent years. It seems clear that the EU not only needs new people at the helm but also a new policy direction for the five-year term until 2019.
Following the very successful Roadmap to a Social Europe, which was produced with a variety of European partners last year, Social Europe, the Hans-Böckler-Stiftung and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung ran a new project setting out a fresh social policy agenda for the next five years. “Social Europe 2019” bought together leading experts and decision-makers to discuss relevant issues and also include the views and concerns of citizens from across Europe.
Many of the project contributors brought in new policy ideas that could build the foundation of a broader social policy strategy. See the individual contributions below.
Policies are put into practice in a specific political context that needs to be properly understood. The project also brought together leading analysts and thinkers to examine the political context in which a new social policy agenda needs to be developed.
Last but not least, a new social policy agenda for the European Union needs to address some of the pressing overarching challenges that exist in this area. Find the contributions to this particular issue below.
We would like to thank both, the Hans-Böckler-Stiftung and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, for their generous support for this project.