The assumption that member states of the European Union enjoyed exclusive competence over social provision has been shaken by the realization that they are now "semi-sovereign welfare states" whose policy choices are subject to increasing scrutiny under Community law. This book seeks to take stock of how Community membership is reshaping the legal environment of welfare provision across Europe. Topics covered include: the evolving economic and governance debates about Community intervention in social rights; the relationship between public services and Community competition and state aids law; the crucial developments which have taken place in the sphere of health care; and recent judgements on free movement and equal treatment for Union citizens as regards national education and social assistance policies. Social Welfare and EU Law provides a valuable collection of essays overall exploring the emergence of new models of social solidarity within the European Union.
The value of this book rests in the expert analysis of key facets of social welfare in Europe...offers an excellent insight into some of the key challenges faced by the provision of social welfare within the European Union context. The book provides readers with the background of these challenges, an analysis of relevant legislative provisions and case-law, as well as an indication of potential solutions to the concerns identified. For these reasons, this book constitutes a valuable resource for both scholars and practitioners and has a lot to offer for teaching and research. Eliza Varney European Public Law Volume 14, Issue 1, 2008 ...[provides] a detailed discussion and analysis of the areas of EU law involved and will thus be attractive to academics. It also gives an explanation of, and lends clarity to, some of the complex issues involved in this highly important area of law and rights. Those who are not primarily EU law specialists, but who have an interest in any of the topics discussed, will also therefore find it interesting and enlightening to read. Jill Stavert SCOLAG Legal Journal, Issue 338 Dec 05