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Trade Unions' Eight Realistic Options for a Social Constitution

(B2) In a detailed study, the European Trade Union Institute – the research institute of European trade unions – provides an overview of possible solutions to strengthen the social dimension of a future Treaty. An in-depth analysis, without concessions, not hesitating to share the difficulties or advantages of such and such a proposal, which is not confined to the institutional form but also addresses the content. Some solutions have already been mentioned, during the first debates on the future of the Constitution, and do not seem to be relevant anymore (the separation of parts I and II of the Constitutional Treaty). Others are more interesting or innovative (enhanced cooperation, Schengen, interpretative instrument, etc.). “The path is clearly marked. If there is will, there are now eight ways. There is no excuse for missing the progress by all, most or several Member States, towards a European Social Constitution” conclude the authors of the study.


Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).