Conférence
 

Debate: Viking-Laval-Rüffert:Economic freedoms versus fundamental social rights – where does the balance lie?

17/06/2008
 
How to balance the application of the European Union's free movement rules - in particular, the right to work and provide services in another member state - with the maintenance of different national social systems? In particular, how will these freedoms affect trade union rights such as the right to collective action and collective bargaining? These questions are the object of much debate, following three recent rulings adopted by the European Court of Justice.The ETUI and Notre Europe have therefore decided to launch this forum, in which users will find information on the different cases and analysis offered by a variety of experts.

How to balance the application of the European Union’s free movement rules – in particular, the right to work and provide services in another member state – with the maintenance of different national social systems?

In particular, how will these freedoms affect trade union rights such as the right to collective action and collective bargaining?

These questions are the object of much debate, following three recent rulings adopted by the European Court of Justice.

The ETUI and Notre Europe have therefore decided to launch this forum, in which users will find information on the different cases and analysis offered by a variety of experts.

The cases:

The Debate:

Articles in academic literature and Social partner reactions on the judgements:

Your reactions

The forum can also be accessed via the following web link: http://www.etui.org/en/Headline-issues/Viking-Laval-Rueffert