Taking forward the EU Social Inclusion Process : an independent report commissioned by the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
This Report is an independent document written at the request of the Luxembourg Government, in the context of the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the European Union during the first semester of 2005, but does not represent in any way the views of the Government of Luxembourg. It has been prepared with the cooperation of the European Commission, but does not represent in any way the views of the Commission or the European Union (EU). We, the four authors are writing in a strictly personal capacity, not as the representative of any Government or official body, free to express our own views.
The Report aims to be complementary to the activities of official bodies in reviewing the Lisbon Agenda, the Social Inclusion Process, and the Open Method of Coordination in the social field. We have been anxious to avoid duplication of the work that has been, or is being, undertaken by the Commission, by the EU Social Protection Committee and its Indicators Sub-Group (ISG), and by other EU bodies. In preparing the Report, we have sought to take the position of outside, but informed, observers, assessing some of the strengths and weaknesses of the current processes, and considering how they may be advanced. It is to be hoped that this external assessment will be a helpful input into the 2005 official review procedure.