Social Europe & Well-being

Towards a more social, sustainably competitive and fairer Europe

The EPC Social Europe & Well-being Europe Programme has been set up in the light of the Brexit vote, which confirmed the growing discontent with the European project amongst an increasing share of the population, especially the working and lower middle classes. The vote served to confirm previous observations that the European project is no longer seen to contribute to social progress for all, but rather as a threat to people’s living standards and quality of life. Whether or not this perception is justified, there is an urgent need to act and to get to the heart of the problem.

Against this background, the Social Europe & Well-being Programme aims to look at how to build a Europe of the future where social and economic considerations are part of the same strategy, where citizens’ well-being is protected, not jeopardised, and where the functioning of the welfare state is “future-fit”.

The Programme is structured around the following priorities:

  • Strengthening the social dimension of EU governance
  • Towards a modern and integrated labour market
  • Making European welfare states “future-fit”
  • Investing in human capital for greater well-being and less inequality, with a particular focus on health. The EPC’s work on health - mainly through the long-standing partnership with Johnson & Johnson on CHES activities - pays particular attention to ethical aspects, in particular issues related to access, affordability and patient choice.

Finally, the Programme activities are closely integrated with other EPC activities, especially those related to migration and the economy, with a view to providing more comprehensive policy solutions.

In this programme


Programme Team

Head of Programme ‘Social Europe & Well-being’ & Senior Policy Analyst

Claire Dhéret

Junior Policy Analyst

Simona Guagliardo

Programme Assistant

Beatrice Carella

Senior Adviser to EPC on energy, public service reform and CHES

Hans Martens

Senior Adviser to EPC on employment and the EMU

László Andor

Senior Adviser to EPC on health, social and migration policies

Lieve Fransen

Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Comparative Social Surveys, City University

Eric Harrison