The new European Commission must convince citizens that the Pillar is alive and kicking


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euvisions the new european commission must convince citizens pillar is alive and kicking by frank vandenbroucke i’m very grateful to all people – colleagues from academia policy-makers social political actors who contributed forum debate launched this brief conclusion should not be read as a real ‘conclusion’: it possible do justice contributions since many themes broached in would merit more thought nor will i try sketch agenda for rather than ‘concluding’ want explain mindset which together with maurizio ferrera my introduction wrote that solemn proclamation of marks point no return: some years now either convincing recognizable success or high-profile failure may become policy sustains momentum beyond lifetime juncker however if eu fails deliver on promise enshrined initiative backfire frustration generates undermine any attempt equip comprehensive dimension long time come given cost an eventual those us care about politics work interpretation maximizes its positive potential means among other things fit into consistent view role play policy: our perspective ‘european union’ also insisted we identify priority areas parliament council have take initiatives components union let me first recall identified five different ‘components’ brought constitute union’: national spaces transnational mobility space (supranational policies explicit purpose they regulative redistributive nature) fundamental principles call identifying priorities was one components: ‘eu policy’ proper sense supranational multidimensional understanding what ‘social europe’ important use andrew watt’s words claiming europe myth’ because ‘the paucity explicitly based misunderstanding: confuses multi-level entity eu-level narrow act issues when there value-added doing so sure interpret ‘added value’ merely economic material terms here: added value eu- level can increase legitimacy stressed his (i return below) resist temptation download whole onto institution: concern x relevant develop tackle differentiates approach instance trudie knijn’s contribution critical comment knijn writes implementing ‘must go far insurance union’; she mentions need spending public services concur her budgets increased member state resonates pillar’s but consider task states make invest sufficient resources at requires framework allows maintain fair adequate taxation systems welfare funded adequately (notably preventing race bottom corporate taxation); temporary support are hit severe shocks their funding whilst coping declining revenues unemployment benefits basically ‘insurance do; ‘insure’ capacity over responsibility themselves watt adds broader observation caveat eu: cannot separate economic’ social’ indeed inextricably intertwined potentially mutually reinforcing contributors graham room sacha garben others underscore insight each own way tackling interregional inequalities realizing upward convergence sustaining investment (…) large extent matter choices actor agenda-setter vladimir bogoeski’s same spirit bogoeski challenges belief ‘rights-based’ fundamentally: language rights lose battle against inequality notably between core periphery unequal development eu’s addressed long-term true across both ‘redistributive’ ‘pre-distributive policies’ (whereby he links chiara saraceno’s input debate); legitimate leads squarely domain regional policies? bea cantillon’s really takes up challenge priority’ roadmap delivering argues minimum income protection reinforce substance levers rehearse arguments like briefly contrast proposal set out developed enriched useful manos matsaganis repeat: suggested hard ‘holding environment’ whereby word ‘insurance’ understood broad organize mutual risk-sharing case collective action allow (a emphasized rightly waltraud shelkle various series) solidary countries within 20 mind intrinsically related notion access initially proposed ‘hard legislation’ guarantee citizens; second stage opted softer recommendation has been accepted next few needed regard principle suggest selecting ‘access all’ key e put top list first think stabilization merits through organization re-insurance scheme) then see does erode reason utmost including lack incapacity developments labour markets such proliferation independent ‘zzp’ statute netherlands platform economy undermining basic feature spill-overs intellectual confronted forms integrated security schemes unfair competitive pressure (perverse) process exchange learning states’ order better understand nature variety future scenarios solutions uniquely well equipped serve innovative unchartered domains prime example third bolstered citizenship linked every citizen always irrespective sector type activity employment relationship… persons whom depends engaged right’ individual yet confined exchanges high-level experts remaining ivory-tower exercise characterizing peer-review processes too often inform definition enjoyed here benefit matsaganis’ enriches argument linking ‘future work’: ‘[t]he never stronger experimentation best practices’ risk simplifying distinction taken say former focuses specific outcomes achieved latter ‘nuts bolts’ future-proof obviously overlap two wants reconsider importance universal instruments fight poverty give another emphasis nuts bolts states: developing obliges transparent system wages coverage much narrative these respective pronounce final judgment here; approaches cantillon advances (and tables additional cautionary reducing ) emphasize exactly kind determination implementation everything simultaneously: energy capital inevitably limited hence synergy insistence selection detract contribution: delivery presupposes combined implement principles: legislation; coordination benchmarking; substantial semester fiscal macroeconomic surveillance francesco costamagna draw attention highlight mainstream inspiration semester’s recommendations insurmountable contradiction warning artificial opposition social’: austerity presumably were sound ‘stabilisation’ (to costamagna’s terminology) aftermath financial crisis over-emphasis consolidation simply ill-guided policy; definitely well-organized stabilisation making legal greater weight considerations helpful respect observatory (ose) recently published report workers’ group committee commission’s multiannual financial scrutinized (sabato et al 2019) table battery operational budgetary proposals translate refer reader authors reform programme instrument vehicle promote fact mff undergo check’ less convinced suggestion ose introduce imbalances procedure’ main focus corti stefano sabato bart vanhercke adding soft procedure already complicated procedures relatively little per se believe crux provide tangible reforms guided objectives coherent solidarity further (which politically!) allocating context setting ‘social’ militate necessary integration wrong functionalist fallacy martin heidenreich insists ‘functional arguments’ poor basis warns ‘functionalist fallacy’ proposes highly original alternative account idea ‘exit’ options seem foreclosed cautions approach: risks completion emu might blind east-west divide remarks touch upon complex analytical normative problems struggle indicated initial agree stretch functional elsewhere argued thinking bridge shared aspirations ferrera’s search avoid functionalism arguing hand constraints face carry cutting short somewhere said summary thoughts inspired entail deliberately ‘improved citizens’ accessible understandable citizens: applying wages… interesting suggestion: joint ‘just transition’ climate underscores yes promising waiting admittedly pragmatic worry last months continuity: continuity general require effective especially institutions credibility nothing worse impression ‘cheap talk’ quickly forgotten side-remark laszlo andor complains higher profile follow-up 2013 package; mere package barroso probably reduced motivation keep prominently radar pity happen again under formed ursula von der leyen’s presented get respect: only announces full ‘action plan’ being clear-headed ways thus mobilization therefore end note: feed high- neatly organized plan skeptical references: s f b spasova (2019) integrating deepening europe’s monetary brussels: