Flexicurity

STUDY ON FLEXICURITY IN THE EU

In the context of their joint work programme 2009 – 2010, the European social partners committed themselves to "jointly monitor the implementation of the common principles of flexicurity, notably to evaluate the role and involvement of the social partners in the process and to draw joint lessons".

Between 2010 and 2011 the ETUC, BUSINESSEUROPE, UEAPME and CEEP have undertaken a joint study designed to assess the implementation of the common principles of flexicurity and the role of social partners in the process.

This study covers 29 countries, all 27 EU Member States and Candidate Countries Croatia and Turkey.


METHODOLOGY

A team of subcontracted experts realised 29 national fiches that illustrate available data on quantitative indicators and commentary on the implementation of the relevant 'flexicurity' policy measures. The fiches incorporate the views of social partners on the basis of desk research, interviews, replies to a questionnaire and good practices.

The fiches were discussed during cluster seminars, each involving 7-8 countries, that mix together geographically disparate countries of different sizes and with different industrial relations systems. The findings of the 4 cluster seminars and 29 fiches were presented at an EU-wide seminar to be held in Brussels on 31 March – 1 April 2011.


DOCUMENTS & TIMETABLE

SYNTHESIS SEMINAR

Agenda

Final report

Power Point Presentations

Minutes of the meeting

Social Partners and Flexicurity in contemporary labour markets

Brussels, 31 March – 1 April 2011

English


French

Synthesis Report "Social Partners and Flexicurity in Contemporary Labour Markets" (EN , FR)

 
     
  • Minutes of the Conference "SPs and Flexicurity in contemporary labour markets" (EN )

 

CLUSTER 1

COUNTRY

NATIONAL FICHE

Power Point Presentations

SEMINAR MINUTES

Warsaw, 22-23 November 2010

Belgium

Fact-file in EN, FR

  • Warsaw country cluster seminar minutes (EN)

Czech Rep

Fact-file in EN, CZ

 

Estonia

Fact-file in EN, EE

 

Greece

Fact-file in EN, EL 

 

Finland

Fact-file in EN, FI

Italy

Fact-file in EN , IT 

Malta

Fact-file in EN

 

Poland

Fact-file in EN, PL 

 

CLUSTER 2

COUNTRY

NATIONAL FICHE

Power Point Presentations

SEMINAR MINUTES

Lisbon, 9-10 December 2010

Cyprus

Fact-file in EN, EL 

 

  • Lisbon country cluster seminar minutes (EN)

Germany

Fact-file in EN, DE

Portugal

Fact-file in EN , PT 


Lithuania

Fact-file in EN, LT 


Romania

Fact-file in EN, RO


Sweden

Fact-file in EN, SW 

Turkey

Fact-file in EN, TK 

 

 

CLUSTER 3

COUNTRY

NATIONAL FICHE

Power Point Presentations

SEMINAR MINUTES

Paris 31 Jan - 1 Feb 2011

Austria

Fact-file in EN, DE

 

  •  Paris country cluster seminar minutes (EN)

 

  

Denmark

Fact-file in EN, DK 

France

Fact-file in EN, FR

 

Croatia

Fact-file in EN, HR 

 

Hungary

Fact-file in EN, HU

Ireland

Fact-file in EN 

 

Latvia

Fact-file in EN, LV 

 



CLUSTER 4

COUNTRY

NATIONAL FICHE

Power Point Presentations

SEMINAR MINUTES

The Hague - 8 February 2011

Bulgaria

Fact-file in EN, BG

 

  • The Hague country cluster seminar minutes (EN)

Luxembourg

Fact-file in EN, FR 

 

Netherlands

Fact-file in EN, NL 


Spain

Fact-file in EN, ES  

Slovenia

Fact-file in EN, SL 

Slovakia

Fact-file in EN, SK

 

UK

Fact-file in EN 

 

Council Conclusions, 6 Dec 2007 (Download here)

  1. Flexicurity is a means to reinforce the implementation of the Lisbon Strategy, create more and better jobs, modernise labour markets, and promote good work through new forms of flexibility and security to increase adaptability, employment and social cohesion.
  2. Flexicurity involves the deliberate combination of flexible and reliable contractual arrangements, comprehensive lifelong learning strategies, effective active labour market policies, and modern, adequate and sustainable social protection systems.
  3. Flexicurity approaches are not about one single labour market or working life model, nor about a single policy strategy: they should be tailored to the specific circumstances of each Member State. Flexicurity implies a balance between rights and responsibilities of all concerned. Based on the common principles, each Member State should develop its own flexicurity arrangements. Progress should be effectively monitored.
  4. Flexicurity should promote more open, responsive and inclusive labour markets overcoming segmentation. It concerns both those in work and those out of work. The inactive, the unemployed, those in undeclared work, in unstable employment, or at the margins of the labour market need to be provided with better opportunities, economic incentives and supportive measures for easier access to work or stepping-stones to assist progress into stable and legally secure employment. Support should be available to all those in employment to remain employable, progress and manage transitions both in work and between jobs.
  5. Internal (within the enterprise) as well as external flexicurity are equally important and should be promoted. Sufficient contractual flexibility must be accompanied by secure transitions from job to job. Upward mobility needs to be facilitated, as well as between unemployment or inactivity and work. High quality and productive workplaces, good organisation of work, and continuous upgrading of skills are also essential. Social protection should provide incentives and support for job transitions and for access to new employment.
  6. Flexicurity should support gender equality, by promoting equal access to quality employment for women and men and offering measures to reconcile work, family and private life.
  7. Flexicurity requires a climate of trust and broadly-based dialogue among all stakeholders, where all are prepared to take the responsibility for change with a view to socially balanced policies. While public authorities retain an overall responsibility, the involvement of social partners in the design and implementation of flexicurity policies through social dialogue and collective bargaining is of crucial importance.
  8. Flexicurity requires a cost effective allocation of resources and should remain fully compatible with sound and financially sustainable public budgets. It should also aim at a fair distribution of costs and benefits, especially between businesses, public authorities and individuals, with particular attention to the specific situation of SMEs.