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The European company and the European cooperative society establish innovative provisions for the worker through directives no. 2001786 of October 8, 2001 (1) and no. 2003/72 of July 22, 2003 (2). The method used by the directives, combining contractual autonomy and minimum guarantees offered to workers, is particularly interesting due to its originality. These new European business groupings could constitute the beginnings of a social democracy. Nevertheless, the provisions of these directives are insufficient to breathe new life into European social law. Innovative orientations must therefore be proposed, such as the implementation of good social practices as well as the consecration of corporate social responsibility.


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Law firm; Maître DAMY, lawyer at the bar of Nice.