Labour markets and social policy
EU labour markets and social policy are well-developed, including a significant number of EU social directives, and underpinned by social protection systems at national level.
First, there are around 70 EU social directives, protecting workers and giving them rights in areas such as health and safety, non-discrimination and information and consultation. The focus should be on proper implementation of existing social legislation, which does not mean lowering social standards, rather ensuring it protects workers without unnecessary costs and bureaucracy.
Second, social protection and social investment are part and parcel of the European social model. Expenditure on social protection is high in Europe compared with other world regions. On average it counts for two thirds of EU government expenditure.
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