The European social model is famous for offering generous welfare systems relative to other regions of the world. Yet some economists argue Europe cannot remain globally competitive without reforms, particularly given the rise of developing economies, coupled with new technologies and automation (not to mention demographic ageing across Europe).
However, others believe welfare systems are being eroded by neoliberal policies, including an increasing proportion of workers in flexible employment (allowing employers to bypass social protection rules). The COVID-19 pandemic has only intensified these questions, given the economic shock and spiralling levels of public debt as a result of economic stimulus packages.
On Thursday 5 November at 12:00 CET, we will be streaming an online Citizens’ Panel discussing the issue of trust in European politics. We invited László Andor, Secretary General of the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS) and former EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (2010-2014), to discuss the future of the European social model with a panel of three European citizens.
You can watch the stream here or on our Facebook page.
Are Europe’s welfare systems sustainable? If not, what needs to happen to future-proof the European social model? Let us know your thoughts and comments in the form below and we’ll take them to policymakers and experts for their reactions!