The first section analyses the European commitment to a welfare state in the light of the creation of an Internal Market and the economic crisis. The second section addresses how the EU has set about the reform and modernisation of public finances in response to the economic crisis. The third part analyses how the EU is balancing a modernisation agenda of reforming public services with a tougher agenda on reforming public finances. This section is followed by a specific case study of the modernisation of the procurement and financing of public services.

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