Social Quality in Europe

in Volume 1 (1999): Issue 1-2 (Jan 1999)
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To reach a proper understanding of what are the social challenges currently facing the European Union, one must first take a short look at what has happened in recent years, analysing both the successes and the difficulties which the union has had to confront. We have all been able to appreciate the profound changes which have taken place in Europe over the course of the past decade, due in the main to the two successive enlargements which increased the number of member-states to fifteen, and the two significant amendments to the treaties, the Single European Act and the Treaty on European Union, which made profound changes to the institutional and political framework of the union. Nor, however, can we overlook the two substantial financial packages which redefined the aims of the integration which have accompanied these developments and the resources for this.