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Employment and social policy: international dimension and enlargement

Employment and social policy

Internationally, as on its own territory, the EU strives to ensure that economic development is accompanied by social progress. It has therefore made social issues a subject of its external relations, both in the context of fair and sustainable globalisation and with a view to future enlargements. At international level, it advocates compliance with core labour standards, which it considers an integral part of human rights. It also takes an active part in the defence of equal opportunities and non-discrimination, and promotes the establishment of a fair economic system. In the specific case of the process of accession to the EU, this approach is reflected in the obligation on candidate countries to adopt established Community law (the Community acquis).

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