The policy paper deals with the issue of creating a Central European Social Model as a next step in the CEFTA development. In this regard, given the strong bonds existing between CEFTA and the EU, the author puts forward the hypothesis that the European Social Model should serve as a guideline for creating the Central European Social Model.
What is more, one should recognize the challenges that the European Social Model is faced with and therefore the suggestions in terms of creating the Central European Social Model should predict and (try to) overcome such challenges in regards to CEFTA signatories. Asin order to provide a comprehensive policy proposal, it is necessary to understand the development and goals of CEFTA, as well as its relation to EC/EU, the first part of the policy paper deals with the mentioned, while the second part deals with the way the European Social Model is constructed and finally the third part includes concrete suggestions in terms of what should the Central European Social Model include.
This paper won the second place in the competition “CEFTA – regional trade area and beyond: Call for Innovative Policy Proposals” which was announced on the occasion of ten years of CEFTA