What is the European Social Union?

According to the theoretical and analytical base of the EuVisions project, ESU should start as a limited, but recognizable system of separate but interdependent elements, subject (as in the EMU) to common rules and principles and aimed at sustaining/promoting two types of solidarity: a pan-European solidarity between countries and between individual EU citizens centred on supranational institutions and the more traditional forms of national solidarity, centred on “recalibrated” domestic institutions.

In recent years, an important debate has been launched on the possible construction of a fully-fledged European Social Union (ESU), with a view to enhancing the functional coherence and effectiveness of the economic and monetary union as well as its political legitimacy.

The ESU can be understood as the prospective outcome of linking and connecting the five constitutive components of Social Europe, which are:

 

 

 

 

 

 

According to the theoretical and analytical base of the EuVisions project, ESU should start as a limited, but recognizable system of separate but interdependent elements, subject as in the European Monetary Union (EMU) to common rules and principles and aimed at sustaining/promoting two types of solidarity: a pan-European solidarity between countries and between individual EU citizens centred on supranational institutions, on the one hand, and the more traditional forms of national solidarity, centred on “recalibrated” domestic institutions, on the other one.

 

 

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