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Report on social protection in Europe 1999. COM (2000) 163 final, 21 March 2000

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Microsoft Word - DGempl-PE-COM_2000_163-E-2-D52155_EN_ACTE.doc COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES Brussels, 21.03.2000 COM(2000) 163 final REPORT ON SOCIAL PROTECTION IN EUROPE 1999 (presented by the Commission) 2 REPORT ON SOCIAL PROTECTION IN EUROPE 1999 TABLE OF CONTENTS 1. The changing context of social protection systems .................................................. 8 2. Trends in social expenditure ................................................................................. 12 3. Financing social expenditure................................................................................. 15 4. Recent changes in policy....................................................................................... 17 4.1. Key objective: to make work pay and to provide a secure income ...................... 17 4.2 Key objective: to make pensions safe and pension systems sustainable ............... 21 4.3 Key objective: to promote social inclusion.......................................................... 22 4.4. Key objective: to ensure high quality and sustainable health care ....................... 23 5. Data issues............................................................................................................ 25 6. Social protection in the candidate Countries of Central and Eastern Europe .......... 26 3 Executive summary This is the first report following the European Commission proposal in July 1999 to set up a "Concerted Strategy for Modernising Social Protection" (COM(1999) 347), an initiative that should be seen in the context of continuing developments in the political, legal, economic and social framework within which social protection policy operates, both at the Member State and European Union level. Rapid progress towards full economic and monetary union, the concerted employment strategy and Union enlargement have significant implications for social protection and make it increasingly a matter of common concern for Member States and, th

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