Social Progress Watch 2015 | General Report

Social Progress Watch 2015 | General Report

This report presents the main findings and general recommendations of the 2015 SOLIDAR Social Progress Watch. Based on an extensive consultation with SOLIDAR members and partners, this initiative evaluates progress towards a more social Europe.This year’s report concludes that the European and national policy response to the economic crisis continues to erode the social safeguards that are part of the European social model and its national variations. Rather than ensuring this model’s capacity for upward social convergence, the European Semester’s one-sided austerity measures are found to have a negative impact on our social benchmarks. As such, SOLIDAR advocates strengthening the social dimension of the Semester and safeguarding its capacity for upward social convergence.