What Implications for the ‘European Social Model’?
Edited by Marie-Ange Moreau
Chapter 18: Can we Rely on a New Development of the European Social Action?
18. Can we rely on a new development of the European social action? Jean Jacques Paris Brian Bercusson knew how to share his constantly renewed interest with his students, of which I was part, in the development of European social law that he analysed in a critical and constructive way. He thought this interest was intimately linked with the knowledge he had of the social actors involved and their ability to act to reinforce social rights and solidarity links in Europe. Indeed, his courses at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence were not only aimed at acquiring or strengthening knowledge of European labour law but also at familiarising us with the training context and changes in this law, ‘the law in context’, which must refer to the ways in which those (in particular social partners) involved in its creation or implementation work. This is how after benefiting from Brian’s seminars over several years I had the opportunity to really discuss and exchange ideas with him on the content of his proposed ‘posting of workers’ directive when I worked at the European Commission and administered the directive in question. He was enthusiastic about the idea of adopting a directive aimed at combating the social dumping aspect of the posting of workers and the specific legal knowledge he gave to European trade unions always made a contribution to progress in the writing of the text of the directive. We were in the mid-1990s and were moving forward under the beneficial effects...
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