CEPS Ideas Lab session “Social investment in the EU: policy shift or smoke and mirrors?”


CEPS Ideas Lab Session “Social investment in the EU: policy shift or smoke and mirrors?”

On June 1, 2022, the EuSocialCit organized a session on social investment in EU. The session was part of the CEPS Ideas Lab Peace and prosperity for Europe: An impossible dream?

Social investment has gained increased attention in the policy debate. On the one hand, the Covid-19 crisis has reignited the need to rethink the role of the welfare state to build a resilient society to face unexpected shocks. On the other hand, the emphasis of the Recovery and Resilience Fund (RRF) on public investment is also being extended to social investment. Is this a turning point with the welfare state recalibrating towards social investment? This session will explore whether this is the case and discuss what it would mean for social protection policies. Is there a new trade-off between social investment and social protection? Or rather a need for more complementarity? How does this debate link with the Commission’s recent initiatives which have rather focused on re-regulating the labour market?



  • Sacha Garben, Professor, College of Europe
  • Anton Hemerijck, Director of Research, EUI
  • Santina Bertulessi, Deputy Head of Cabinet, DG EMPL, European Commission
  • Francesco Corti, University of Milan and Associate Research Fellow CEPS


Moderator: Katharina Gnath, Senior Project Manager, Bertelsmann Stiftung Foundation