Flexibility and Security in the Adaptability Pillar of the European Employment Strategy
30 Pages Posted: 20 Jan 2007
Date Written: March 2007
The paper answers to what extent the European Commission, the Council and two member states have an active approach towards balancing flexibility and security at the labour market. To answer this question the stages of the policy cycle of the European Employment Strategy between 1998 and 2006 are analysed: firstly the employment guidelines are analysed and summarised in a flexicurity matrix. Next, the recommendations of the Council to Belgium and the Netherlands are viewed. Lastly, all National Reform Programmes of the two member states are evaluated to establish the level of a balance between flexibility and security in actual policy measures. The paper concludes that although some approaches in the policy cycle address a balance, most of the guidelines and policies deal with flexibility and security as two separate issues.
Keywords: flexicurity, European Employment Strategy, labour market
JEL Classification: K31
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