In his conclusion to the ESU debate, Maurizio Ferrera distills a brief summary of the discussion, and adds further remarks on “how to piece the ESU together”, as well as his hopes of advancement for the post-election new legislature.
The Social Imbalance Procedure would use the redefined indicators included in the Pillar’s Social Scoreboard, in accordance with the analysis provided in the annual Joint Employment Report. Countries displaying ‘critical situations’ in one or more of the five policy areas mentioned above would be encouraged by the European Commission to request the Social Imbalance Procedure.
In the context of Brexit and rising Euroscepticism across the continent that has focused on (mis)interpretations of the effects of labour mobility, the question of a European Social Union cannot sidestep the East-West chasm and treat the Eurozone as its only priority.
The REScEU Mass and Elite surveys do not only tap individuals' and MPs' general attitudes towards integration and solidarity, but also gauge mass and elites' preferences for specific policies aimed at fostering pan-European solidarity.
«German leader of the social democrats Martin Schultz recently made the case for a United States of Europe. In academia, federalists have argued in favour of this position. Their ideal is a sovereign European state democratically legitimised by a European people»