Author(s): Tetiana Humeniuk, Vitalii Knysh, Uliana Kuzenko
The article is devoted to the highlighting of the influence of European integration on optimization of legal principles of social policy in Ukraine. According to the authors, the problems of Ukrainian social policy and law which Ukraine faces on the way to the EU include: problems of the Ukrainian legislation on social security; problems of regulating the labor market, employment and poverty reduction; problems of improvement of the legislation on labor protection; problems of stimulating entrepreneurship as the basis for ensuring social standards and employment of the population; problems of adaptation of socially vulnerable groups of the population; the burden of social policy and legal regulation of the armed conflict in the Donbas.
In view of the problems mentioned above, the purpose of this article is to develop theoretically and practically meaningful recommendations for improving the social legislation of Ukraine in accordance with the standards and requirements of the European Union.
According to the results of the research, the authors have determined the following ways, methods and tools of improving social policy in Ukraine and legal regulation in the social sphere. In authors’ opinion, they include: ratification of the European Social Charter and its implementation plan in Ukraine; creation of a coherent strategy in the field of provision of social services; the accession of Ukraine to the European Code of Social Security; partial reform of the legal regulation of labor and employment of the population; improvement of legal regulation and social policy in the field of social protection, labor and employment of internally displaced persons from temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine.