Etuc Publication, 2005
The European Trade Union Institute for Research, Education and Health and Safety, together with the Joint Programme for Working Life Research in Europe (SALTSA) and CREER has published the second volume of its review of the role of the social partners and social dialogue in the new EU Member States. "The Role of the Social Partners in the European Employment Strategy, Volume II", edited by Cline Lafoucriere and Lars Magnusson evaluates the democratic preparations underway, in the new member states as well as candidate countries to the EU, to guarantee full participation of the social partners in the European Employment Strategy (EES).
Whilst the first volume, published in April 2004, looked at the situation in Bulgaria, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Poland and Slovenia, this second volume covers the remaining states: Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Romania, the Slovak Republic and Turkey. In the run-up to the mid-term evaluation, and potential reform, of the EES, it seeks to draw attention to the dangers for the future of the European Social Model (ESM) in an enlarged EU and, more specifically, to the future of social dialogue as a crucial regulatory mode of the ESM. In most of the new member states the involvement of the social partners remains rather limited and, while these states have undeniably made efforts to transpose social directives into their national legislation, there is still relatively little evidence of practical implementation.