SSGIs in the Czech Republic

  • Kristina Koldinská
Part of the Legal Issues of Services of General Interest book series (LEGAL)


This chapter provides a case study of a Central European social system after the demise of Communism. It tests whether a new social model is emerging in central and eastern European states. The chapter examines the narrow definition of social services in the Czech Republic, asking whether the current definition of social services reflects the wider understanding of SSGI emerging in the EU hard and soft law. The chapter takes a case study the situation of Roma in the Czech Republic revealing how EU law and policy has influenced social policy.


Czech Republic Social Security Social Service Social Assistance Roma Population 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of LawCharles UniversityPraha 1Czech Republic

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