In discussing the potential role of the EU, the Member States, their composite parts and civil society organisations in establishing social services of general interest at sub-national, national, transnational and EU wide levels, this chapter explores the EU competence regime for social services of general interest. Its analysis contradicts a tendency in academic writing to demand protection of national prerogatives for shaping welfare states against EU intervention at all costs, because this would be counterproductive for the progress of the EU project. It submits that an EU constitution of social governance should create mixed responsibilities so that the EU, states and civil society actors support each other in creating preconditions for social integration in the EU. It uses the field of social services of general interests as an example of applying this general theoretical concept.
|Title of host publication||Social Services of General Interest in the EU|
|Editors||Ulla Neergaard, Erika Szysczak, Johan Willem van den Gronden, Markus Krajewski|
|Place of Publication||Vienna|
|Number of pages||22|
|Publication status||Published - 2013|