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The Purpose Of European Labour Law: Floor Of Rights – Or Ceiling?

The evocative aphorism that on ne tombe pas amoureux d’un grand marché’ perfectly captures the mood of millions of Europeans in 2016. Jacques Delors was crucially aware of the strategic importance of Europe’s ‘social dimension’ in the process of European economic integration. Social rights, and labour rights in particular, talk to the hearts and minds of working men and women as few other rights do. In defining its European labour law ‘code’, enshrined in a range of labour and equality law directives, the EU has undoubtedly also sought to define its own nature and identity.

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