Sociologie Românească, Vol. IX, no. 2/2011.
The European Identity of Welfare and the Economic Crisis
Corina Cace*, Sorin Cace**, Victor Nicolăescu***, Luminița Dumitrescu****
Vol IX, no. 2, 2011, pp. 114-127
*Author adress: Academy of Economic Studies, Training Department, Piața Romană nr. 6, sector 1, 010374, Bucharest, Romania.
**Author adress: Institute for Quality of Life Research (ICCV), Calea 13 Septembrie nr. 13, sector 5, 050711, Bucharest, Romania.
***Author adress: "Petre Andrei" University, Faculty of Social Work and Sociology, Strada Ghica Vodă nr. 13, 700400, Iași, Romania.
****Author adress: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Human Resources Department, Aleea Alexandru nr. 31, Sector 1, 011822, Bucharest, Romania.
Abstract: The current economic crisis has pushed the European Union member states into recession. Most affected are the new member states which adhered in 2004 and 2007. The foundation of the European identity recorded at the level of citizens' representations was built also on the consolidated system of welfare which was specific to western countries. Within the context of a post-crisis evolution, the article offers the possibility to reflect to an evaluation of the dynamics of political and technical decisions undertaken by the European institutions to support new member states for an active participation into European construction during the crisis period. From this perspective it is worthy to note that the delay in the decision making processes designed to diminish the effects of economic crisis in an integrative manner is due both to the lack of experience in the management of major critical situations within the EU -27 formula but also to a prudent and timed exercise of the new member states in terms of their fully undertaking the European identity into a welfare space defined by liberty, security and justice. The article underlined the success of positive conditionality recorded during the pre-accession period for most of the member states shall become institutionalized due to new measures adopted by European institutions and on the long run shall encourage co-participation of all member states into overcoming the crisis and to consolidate the European identity level based on welfare dimension.
Keywords: European Union Member States; positive conditionality; pre-accession; poverty; critical situations.
Cuvinte-cheie: Statele membre ale Uniunii Europene; condiționalitate pozitivă; pre-aderare; sărăcie; situații critice.