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Economy & Jobs 29-09-2021

Why skilling policies should embrace career guidance to futureproof employability

As the EU Member States’ recovery plans feature a decent share of spending towards adult learning and skills, the career management sector believes that policymakers still miss out on one crucial ingredient to make labour markets transitions truly effective and...
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Economy & Jobs 15-07-2021

Beyond the Mirage: Classifying ‘work platforms’ is as important for decent work as classifying workers

The time for talking is over. Following years of roundtables, research papers, and policy advice, legislators are stepping up to the plate to regulate platform work.  Jochem de Boer is Public Affairs Manager at World Employment Confederation-Europe. So far, it...
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Economy & Jobs 30-06-2021

Sectoral Social Dialogue is essential for driving the economic recovery in Europe

The COVID-19 pandemic has deeply impacted and transformed labour markets and the way we work. Remote working has become the norm for many people. Workers need new skills,  training and guidance to adapt to new realities and sustain their employability....
Economy & Jobs 04-05-2018

Longevity and the limits of the welfare state in Europe

In November 2017, the EU proclaimed the European Pillar of Social Rights. However, there are still many shortcomings within the current welfare state and unless policies reflect values then plummeting fertility rates or fading solidarity between young and old will persist, writes Anna Záborská.
Economy & Jobs 30-04-2018

Schools of tomorrow – building and transforming skills for a digital world

Europe’s bid to lead the digital and advanced technology trend will be lost if the EU and national governments don’t take steps to make skills development in digitisation their priority. Digital skills need to be conveyed at all levels and in all forms of education to ensure Europe’s global position, writes Martina Dlabajová.
Economy & Jobs 23-03-2018

Europe, pay your trainees!

Offering internships and traineeships to young people without real prospect of employment and adequate remuneration violates the original nature of these instruments, writes Brando Benifei.
Brexit 01-03-2018

Tony Blair is right on immigration but did nothing to control freedom of movement

After Brexit, the rest of Europe will control freedom of movement sensibly without discriminating on grounds of nationality, adhering to the principle that has been in all European treaties since 1950, writes Denis MacShane.

Brussels must bite the bullet on a common EU migration policy

The EU Commission is soon to re-enter the conflict over immigration. Whether it will do so timidly or in a blaze of political courage remains to be seen when it unveils ideas for a 'European Labour Authority," writes Giles Merritt.
Economy & Jobs 10-01-2018

No future of work without social innovation

Futureproof labour markets must embed social innovation, writes Denis Pennel.
Economy & Jobs 20-06-2017

We need to nurture the biodiversity of the labour market

Europe faces a work revolution. To survive, we need to heed the words of Charles Darwin and adapt and adjust to fit our changing environment, writes Denis Pennel.
Brexit 26-04-2017

‘Hostile Brexit’ would be lose-lose deal for jobs

UK Prime Minister Theresa May will seek a strong mandate for Brexit talks in the upcoming general election. The onus now falls on negotiators to ensure that ‘hard’ Brexit does not become a ‘hostile’ Brexit that results in mutually damaging job destruction, writes Iain Begg.

How do we help Europe’s young entrepreneurs?

Overly flexible labour markets and poor quality jobs are harming the European economy, not making it more competitive. Restoring the social safety net for entrepreneurs would benefit us all, writes Agnes Jongerius.

A new world of work, a new way of looking at it

A new white paper by the representative of Europe’s employment industry addresses the main issues surrounding the new world of work and calls on policymakers to adapt legislation and labour market policies in line with this new reality. Denis Pennel explains how things stand.

Redefining Work: The role of freelancers

The nature of work and the ways it gets done is evolving rapidly. Public policies and the business sector need to be ahead of change, and provide more targeted support to workers transitioning from employment to freelancing and back, writes Marco Torregrossa.

Brain gain: Six ways the EU startup visa will bring success to Europe

An EU-wide startup visa should make it easier for entrepreneurs to set up businesses and hire talented employees, writes Lenard Koschwitz.

Symmetric flexibility: A concept to square competitiveness with increased well-being

Working time arrangements are an area with considerable scope to improve efficiency and to foster well-being. Symmetric agreements can represent a win-win situation for both employers and employees, write Thomas Leoni and Vanessa Koch.

Europe needs a strategy of confidence, not politics of fear

As Europe faces numerous crises, Karl Aiginger, Jean-Paul Fitoussi and Paul De Grauwe call for clear, coherent, long-term policies and measures.

Stamp out undeclared work to boost inclusive labour markets

Undeclared work undermines social systems and employee rights, but good labour market regulation can reintegrate workers and benefit the economy, writes Denis Pennel. 

Germany’s economic upswing set to ‘weaken’

The German upswing will continue next year "but will clearly weaken", raising the question of how it first came about, writes Hans-Werner Sinn of the University of Munich.

Tax Wedge and Skills: Case of Poland in International Perspective

Researchers of the Centre for Social and Economic Research (CASE) analyse the impact of tax wedges on employment and find that the consequences of tax wedge might be devastating for low-skilled labour.
Health 12-05-2005

Health and Retirement Decisions: An Update of the Literature

ENEPRI Research Reports are designed to bring the results of research projects undertaken within the framework of the European Network of Economic Policy Research Institutes (ENEPRI) to public attention. Prepared as part of the ENEPRI projects on Ageing Health and Retirement in the EU (AGIR) and the Research Training Network on Health, Ageing and Retirement (REVISER) this paper examines the relationship between the labour market and the health of senior citizens. Extracting information from major studies conducted in both America and Europe, the paper written by Matthias Deschryvere includes data from recently published literature and analyses the major developments in micro-modelling issues.
Enlargement 16-02-2005

Economic restructuring and labour market developments in the new EU member states

This article, written by Michael LandesmannHermine Vidovic and Terry Ward and published by the Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies (wiiw), offers a comprehensive look at the aggregate developments in the new EU member states' labour markets.