All chapters of Social policy in the EU: state of play 2020 consider the consequences of the unfolding public health crisis. Covid‑19’s hijacking of the book had important implications for the contributors, whom we asked not only to analyse key developments in the EU social agenda during 2019 but also to describe the initial Covid‑19-driven EU and domestic policies between January and July 2020, thereby pushing forward the book’s time horizon by six months.

The European Social Observatory (OSE) has again worked closely with the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) and renowned external scholars to draw up this year’s edition of the book. Through this collaborative publication, we aim to contribute to the debate between policymakers, social stakeholders and the research community, while providing accessible information and analysis for practitioners and students of European integration. This year’s Bilan social in many ways complements the 20th-anniversary issue of the ETUI’s Benchmarking Working Europe, which provides a state-of-the-art analysis of the impact of the pandemic on the world of work.

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Table of contents

Social policy in the European Union state of play 2020

Table of Content-Social policy in the European Union state of play 2020

Preface-Social policy in the European Union state of play 2020

Chapter1-After the European elections and the first wave

Chapter2-Covid‑19 and European Union health policy

Chapter3-The economic and social consequences of Covid‑19

Chapter4-The Covid‑19 crisis and gender equality

Chapter5-The European Green Deal

Chapter6-Integrating the Sustainable Development Goals into the

Chapter7-A European minimum wage framework

Conclusions-Facing the economic and social consequences of

Key events-Social policy in the European Union state of play 2020

Chronology-Social policy in the European Union state of play 2020

Contributors-Social policy in the European Union state of play 2020

Abbreviations-Social policy in the European Union state of play 2020

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