Competitive Europe - Social Europe: partners or rivals?
Dublin, 1-3 November 2006
Conducting business in Social Europe
Is social policy the luxury of big business?
Abstract by Peter Pelgrims
Competitiveness needs a social model. Our companies are part of a social system so there must be rules. Not 'IF' but 'HOW' is the question!
If social policy has become a luxury, it is not social anymore! Services such as basic health and advanced education are the base for luxury. Europe has to define clearly our common social targets and when and how to reach them. To reach these targets differentiation in company size and in regional culture is necessary.
Although welfare does not seem to have any limits, it must be taken into account that social advantages depend on economic welfare.