Public Services and the European Union

Healthcare, Health Insurance and Education Services

Author: Laura Nistor

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9789067048057

Category: Law

Page: 446

View: 6126

Politically sensitive and economically important, welfare services such as health care, health insurance and education have opened up a heated debate in the EU. The application of EU law to welfare services raises discontent from the part of the Member States who perceive their systems to be under threat. Resisting to the application of the EU law is sometimes seen as part of protecting those values. This book suggests that this resistance is largely unjustified. EU law is not damaging to welfare systems, but it provides adequate balancing mechanisms to ensure that all interests are protected. The approach taken in analysing the impact of EU law on welfare services is to look at the negative integration process and answer the questions related to the extent to which EU law applies to welfare services and the kinds of safeguards the Court offers for these services. The proportionality principle distinguishes itself as the central element in balancing national and Community interests. Being part of the broader integration process, negative harmonization creates legislative lacunae, and therefore, this book also looks at alternative solutions to the negative harmonization process, namely positive and soft law.

Market Integration and Public Services in the European Union

Author: Marise Cremona

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199607737

Category: Law

Page: 255

View: 5161

This collection offers a timely analysis of the most pressing issues relating to the interaction between market integration and the provision of public services in the EU. Addressing both underlying systemic issues and case-studies of particular service sectors, the book confronts core tensions at the heart of the EU's social and economic policy.

Public-Private Partnerships in the European Union

Author: Christopher Bovis

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317813707

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 224

View: 9449

Public procurement in the European Union represents almost twelve per cent of the EU's GDP and is continuing to increase, having been identified as a key objective in the EU's aim to become the most competitive economy in the world by 2010. This book provides a one-stop shop, multi-disciplinary approach to public procurement and will be of use to academics and policy-makers. Providing its readers with practical description and analysis of the relevant policies, law and jurisprudence, the book also explores possible future trends in public procurement regulation.

Civil Services in the EU of 27

Reform Outcomes and the Future of the Civil Service

Author: Christoph Demmke,Timo Moilanen

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 9783631604663

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 285

View: 8281

This volume compares and analyses the national civil services and the most important reform trends in the 27 Member States of the European Union. The authors first examine the reform processes concerning civil servants' legal status, organisational changes, recruitment policies, remuneration, decentralisation of human resource responsibilities, job security and ethics. They consider in what ways similarities and differences can be detected amongst the 27 Member States and whether and to what extent the national civil services move away from traditional bureaucratic structures. Finally, the authors discuss the main outcomes of the reform processes and the future of the classical civil service. This publication contrasts with the many popular and speculative statements that too often capture the headlines on the future of the civil service and the different human resource management reforms. Instead, it is a measured conclusion about emerging trends and developments in this important policy area. The authors argue that the reform of the public sector will not, as many have predicted, be characterised by clear changes and progress in the area. Instead, the outcomes of the reform reveal a more complex picture of piecemeal and paradoxical patterns of change.

Public Services in EU Law

Author: Wolf Sauter

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107066123

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 292

View: 9473

Comprehensive analysis showing that utilities and welfare services are important building blocks for the EU social market economy.

The European Union Democratic Deficit and the Public Sphere

An Evaluation of EU Media Policy

Author: David Ward

Publisher: IOS Press

ISBN: 9781586032814

Category: Law

Page: 150

View: 654

An assessment of EU communications policy judged against democratic and normative criteria within the framework of the question of the need for a European-wide public sphere. It argues that the EU should proceed through the mass media, with a policy based on a public service philosophy.

Freedom of Services in the European Union

Labour and Social Security Law : the Bolkestein Initiative

Author: Roger Blanpain

Publisher: Kluwer Law International B.V.

ISBN: 9041124535

Category: Law

Page: 386

View: 7457

This book deals with European labour law and industrial relations. It covers legislation concerning relations between employers and employees, collective agreements and the case law of the Court of Justice, as well as the structure and strategies of the social actors. The book consists of three parts: a general section devoted to individual labour law and a section that deals with collective labour law

Public Service Employment Relations in Europe

Transformation, Modernization Or Inertia?

Author: Stephen Bach,Lorenzo Bordogna,Giuseppe Della Rocca,David Winchester

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134630042

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 256

View: 3499

The book provides an up-to-date analysis of the restructuring of public service employment relations in six European countries: Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Denmark and the UK. Each of the chapters on national systems is organized around a set of themes and policy issues including: * the impact of fiscal crises, and increasing macro-economic integration within the European Union, on the scope and organization of public services * changes in the patterns and status of public service employment * the shift from centralized administration to new models of devolved management * changes in the organization and policies of public service trade unions * reforms in the structure, process and outcome of collective bargaining * patterns of conflict and cooperation between unions, managers and the state. Written and edited by some of the country's primary authorities on public sector industrial relations, this outstanding book on this high profile field is sure to be a valuable resource for those studying this important topic.

State Aid and the European Economic Constitution

Author: Francesco de Cecco

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1782250514

Category: Law

Page: 210

View: 9649

Recent years have seen the rise of EU State aid law as a crucial component of the European economic constitution. To date, however, the literature has neglected the contribution of this area of EU law to the internal market. This book seeks to fill this gap in our understanding of the economic constitution by exploring the significance of State aid law in addressing questions that go to the core of the internal market project. It does so by examining the case law relating to three different activities that Member States engage in: market participation, market regulation, and funding for Services of General Economic Interest. Each of these areas offers insights into fundamental questions surrounding the economic constitution, such as the separation between the State and the market, the scope for Member States to engage in regulatory competition, and the tension between market and nonmarket concerns.

Completing the Internal Market in Services

6th Report of Session 2005-06; Report with Evidence

Author: Great Britain: Parliament: House of Lords: European Union Committee

Publisher: The Stationery Office

ISBN: 9780104007334

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 242

View: 7536

Trade in services across the EU remains subject to a large number of restrictions, limiting choice for consumers and businesses, holding back growth, output and employment. The Commission has proposed a Directive which seeks to encourage greater cross-border trade in services by providing a legal framework that will eliminate obstacles to: the freedom for service providers to establish their business in any Member State; and the free movement of services between Member States. This report concentrates on the free movement of services between Member States. Under the Country of Origin Principle, a business which provides services in the Member State in which it is established is qualified to provide services on a temporary basis in any other Member State according to the regulations of its home Member State. Despite a substantial number of exceptions to the application of the Principle, the Directive has been criticised. The Committee, though, finds that the draft Services Directive does not pose a threat to the health and safety of employees or consumers, nor to environmental standards, nor to consumer protection. Services of general economic interest should not be excluded from the Directive. The draft Directive offers opportunities for small businesses in all 25 Member States of the European Union. The Services Directive is essential to remove unnecessary and unjustified obstacles to trade and to flexible markets thereby making the European Union more competitive in a global economy.

Health Systems Governance in Europe

The Role of European Union Law and Policy

Author: Elias Mossialos

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521761387

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 762

View: 8620

There is a fundamental contradiction at the core of health policy in the EU that makes it difficult to draw a line between EU and Member State responsibilities. This book thus offers a comprehensive discussion of a number of current and emerging governance issues in EU health policy.

The European Union and the Culture Industries

Regulation and the Public Interest

Author: David Ward

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317032985

Category: Law

Page: 282

View: 3958

This edited collection brings together leading academics in their respective fields to examine the European Union's impact on media and public policy. It provides an analysis of the broader areas of EU policy and links these together to give a greater appreciation of the nuances and scope of EU regulatory initiatives and their impact on the member states. Under a broad public interest perspective, the authors provide an assessment of the success of EU policy in protecting the public interest in the culture industries and respecting certain normative principles and balancing these with market dynamics.

Privatisation in the European Union

Public Enterprises and Integration

Author: Judith Clifton,Francisco Comín,Daniel Díaz Fuentes

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 1475737335

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 174

View: 3960

Judith Clifton, Francisco Comín and Daniel Díaz Fuentes in Privatisation in the European Union reject the two dominant explanations provided in literature, which include a simple 'Americanisation' of policy and a 'varied' privatisation experience without a common driving force. Using a systematic comparative analysis of privatisation experiences in each country from the 1980s to the beginning of the twenty first century, the authors show how the process of European integration and the need for internationally competitive industries have constituted key driving forces in the quest for privatisation across the EU. As privatisation slows down at the turn of the millennium, what future can citizens expect for public enterprises? Privatisation in the European Union is essential reading for researchers, students and policy-makers interested in privatisation, EU policy and the history of public enterprises.

The European Union and Health Services

The Impact of the Single European Market on Member States

Author: Reinhard Busse,Matthias Wismar,Philip C. Berman

Publisher: IOS Press

ISBN: 9781586032098

Category: Medical

Page: 273

View: 3697

While most Member States Governments have assumed that they have full responsibility and control over their own health services it is becoming increasingly apparent that the Single European Market is having a substantial impact on health services. Recent rulings by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) have, in particular, established the freedom of citizens to choose health care goods and services across borders. To examine the actual relationship between the SEM and health services, this book: - identifies SEM regulations and directives as well as ECJ decisions which explicitly refer to health services and which therefore have a potential impact on the purchasing, supply and delivery of health services, - evaluates the impact of SEM regulations and ECJ decisions on the purchasing, supply and delivery of health services, - identifies outcomes, including both intended and unintended effects, of the SEM on Member States' health services and - develops future scenarios exploring key issues identified in the earlier analysis and evaluation.

The Treaty of Lisbon

Origins and Negotiation

Author: D. Phinnemore

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137367873

Category: Political Science

Page: 306

View: 8786

Detailed and comprehensive analysis of how the Treaty of Lisbon emerged in 2007 this book explores the role played by the German Council Presidency and the EU's institutional actors in securing agreement among the leaders of member states on an intergovernmental conference as well as a new treaty text to replace the rejected Constitutional Treaty.

The Future of European Social Democracy

Building the Good Society

Author: H. Meyer,J. Rutherford

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230355048

Category: Social Science

Page: 235

View: 6234

European social democracy is in crisis. In the last decade it has ceased to be about either society or democracy. The authors explore its values, how it can be revived and what kind of political economy it requires to thrive. This book includes a foreword by the two leaders of the 'Building the Good Society' project, Andrea Nahles and Jon Cruddas.

Public Welfare Services and Social Exclusion

The Development of Consumer-Oriented Initiatives in the European Union

Author: Nicolas Deakin,Ann Davis,Neil Thomas

Publisher: Improvement of Living and Working Conditions


Category: Political Science

Page: 150

View: 3083


Public Employment Services and European Law

Author: Mark Robert Freedland

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 0199233489

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 402

View: 304

Employment services are at the centre of a complex web of rules deriving from the EU, national public law and from private agreements. This book examines the law and regulation of public services through case studies of the public employment services in EU member states.

The Availability of Spatial and Environmental Data in the European Union

At the Crossroads Between Public and Economic Interests

Author: Katleen Janssen

Publisher: Kluwer Law International B.V.

ISBN: 9041132872

Category: Law

Page: 617

View: 5996

Because the original and essential value of spatial data ' data that refer to specific geographical locations or areas ' lies in environmental decision-making, such data mostly originate in the public sector and are made available to people,