Universiteit Antwerpen

'Social Protection and Social Inclusion in the EU', Feb 10-11, 2011

February 10/11, 2011

Expert seminar on Social Protection and Social Inclusion: Interactions between Policy and Law

Organizers: Social Competition and Law Unit, University of Antwerp Law Research School and Centre for Social Policy Herman Deleeck, University of Antwerp

Venue: Lange Sint Annastraat 7, 2000 Antwerpen

For registration and further information please contact: paula.ploscar@uantwerpen.be

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The expert seminar will explore the common objectives of the EU to promote social protection and social inclusion through the lenses of the European policy coordination mechanisms, legislation and legal adjudication. As explicit goals of the Open Method of Coordination, social protection and social inclusion are meant to guide both national and EU policy development. From a legal perspective, in addition to naming social protection among the goals of the Union (Art. 3 TEU), the Lisbon Treaty has introduced a horizontal provision which supports the promotion of social policies (Art. 9 TFEU). However, it remains to be examined whether the substance given to social protection
and social inclusion in the field of policy coordination is consistent with the one envisaged by the EU legislation and the interpretation given to it by the Court of Justice of the EU. The seminar will start by setting the scene both from a policy and legal perspective, and it will focus on social protection and social inclusion with regard to: healthcare systems, pensions, minimum income and the combat against poverty, and services of general interest. We will conclude by reflecting on the broader implications of social protection and social inclusion for the European Social Model.