A szociális partnerek - jogalkotók az EU szociálpolitikájában?

Ladó, Mária and Tóth, Ferenc: A szociális partnerek - jogalkotók az EU szociálpolitikájában? Acta Universitatis Szegediensis : acta juridica et politica, (79). pp. 411-422. (2016)

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Abstract

The article focuses on the unique albeit highly controversial element of European social dialogue, and asks the question to what extent social partners have become co-legislators in European social policy, as envisaged first in the Social Protocol of the Maastricht Treaty and then enshrined in the subsequent Treaties, including the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. The article first recalls the exceptional circumstances which have supported the political and legal empowerment of European social partners to conclude agreements, including legally binding ones. Having summarized briefly the relevant procedure, the article presents the outcomes so far, which are modest in quantitative terms and indicate a sort of standstill from 2010/2012. The article places these findings first in the context of the overall European social policy developments, pointing to the shift from the harmonization of legal systems of Member States to the coordination of their policy objectives. Then it turns to the role of the European Commission, and identifies a sort of retreat in pursuing the social agenda in general and, more recently, in paving the way for social partners’ statutory agreements. The article then attempts to shed some light on European social partners’ ambitions, which seem to have been eroding due to social partners’ increasingly diverging perspectives on European regulation/legislation and their weakening basis in Member States. The conclusion nevertheless argues that European social dialogue still holds promise for the future. Although the negotiation track might remain rarely followed, social partners possess a broad range of instruments to shape Europe’s social dimension, and some of those could even better fit to recent European economic, social and political conditions as well as to the diverse labour relations and social realities of the EU28.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Acta Universitatis Szegediensis : acta juridica et politica
Date: 2016
Volume: 79
Page Range: pp. 411-422
ISSN: 0324-6523
ISBN: 978-963-306-479-5
Uncontrolled Keywords: Szociálpolitika - Európai Unió, Jogtudomány - Európai Unió
Additional Information: Bibliogr. a lábjegyzetekben ; Összefoglalás angol nyelven ; Social partners - co-legislators in European social law?
Date Deposited: 2018. Jun. 28. 14:12
Last Modified: 2018. Jun. 28. 14:12
URI: http://acta.bibl.u-szeged.hu/id/eprint/53924

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