Commenting on employment and social policy gives me the opportunity to start by pointing out how positive the outcome of the Treaty of Amsterdam (or “Treaty”) was in those fields. Indeed, the following four main fields are concerned with substantial extensions or reinforcements of European Community (“EC” or “Community”) competencies and responsibilities following the Amsterdam Summit: employment, social policy, equality between men and women, and fundamental rights and non-discrimination. Last but not least, the strengthening of the co-decision procedure, which is now the principal legislative procedure and requires a joint decision of the Council and the European Parliament, does affect a number of articles concerning employment and social policy. I will comment briefly on each of these four issues and their likely policy consequences.
Social Policy and Employment Aspects of the Treaty of Amsterdam,
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