Chapter 21 Commentary: social issues and well-being in the EU – challenges for Cohesion Policy
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Since the establishment of the European Social Fund 1957, the EU has focused on issues related to unemployment, vocational training, employability and job opportunities. Since the Lisbon Agenda issues relating to wellbeing and quality of life are also included. However, the Member States have the competence over social policy issues. The relatively limited number of success of the EU in the social policy area is related to the lack of discretion. This commentary chapter outlines some potential routes to break this deadlock.

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