Remo Morzenti Pellegrini
Social Services In The Eu Legal System
This paper investigates the reorientation processes implemented by public authorities in EU Member States with regards to social services management. The paper focuses on welfare services, although a wider range of social services (health, education, work, social security) are taken into account where relevant. Current reorientation involves a shift in welfare policies, from the traditional approach based on solidarity, towards a view that emphasizes economic relevance of social services. As a result,organization and management of social services are subject to free competition, and might therefore potentially collide with the noneconomic peculiarities of social services; services where personal and human factors have a major relevance and impact, both on their performance and on their legal denomination. Such reorientation has triggered a not yet concluded process characterized by the tentative balance of opposing needs: the needs of social services users and the need for free competition between the agencies supplying such services.