Is the Social Dimension of the Economic and Monetary Union an Alternative to the Neoliberal Austerity Policy?
October 24, 2013
The result of the European Commission’s Communication published after the meeting of the Ministers of Labour and Social Affairs on October 15th is a neoliberal policy presented as a package for social stability, in which the focus is on the neoliberal structural reforms.
The expectations have been high since last year when this document was promised, being considered a set of measures to counter the economic crisis in the European space.
Commissioner Laszlo Andor, responsible for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, presented the Commission’s Communication, but the only one concrete proposal refers to the creation of a social scoreboard which consists of five indicators that will measure the social imbalances in the euro area (the indicators are: the overall unemployment rate and its evolution, the youth unemployment rate and the number of youth who are not enrolled in education, employment or training courses (NEET rate), households’ real gross disposable income, the percentage […]