- Usherwood Pindar
The EU has been given some of its powers to prevent member states from damaging each other. ‘Social policy, environmental policy’ explains that the environment and social policy are fields in which powers have been given to that end, with general agreement that this is desirable. The Union's action with respect to climate change has had a powerful impact, both internally and in the wider world. The Single European Act extended the scope of social policy in two directions: providing for legislation on health and safety at work and for the encouragement of dialogue between representatives of management and labour at European level.