This year again, the ERMEES economists from BETA took part in the 11th RV européens de Strasbourg, which took place during the week of 21 November 2016 on the theme “Europe: where are your values?”, by organizing two events on Tuesday 22 November 2016: a workshop and a public conference.

The workshop entitled “What future for the labor market in the EU? ” took place at the Council of Europe  under the chairmanship of Amélie Barbier-Gauchard, with:

  • Alfonso ARPAIA (Economist, European Commission, DG Employment and Social Affairs, Unit A-3: Country reforms): Labor market and wages in Europe / Heterogeneity of national labor markets
  • Francesco de PALMA (researcher, BETA, Unistra): The impact of trade unions on the effectiveness of economic policies in the euro area
  • Christophe BLOT (Economist, OFCE): What possible options in the EU to fight unemployment?
  • Anne SANDER (MEP, European Parliament): What institutional solutions can be envisaged at EU level?
  • The aim of this workshop was to reflect on the desirable developments in the European labor market, highlighting its originality and focusing in particular on the following questions: How do national labor markets operate in a very different way, EU? What evolutions wait? What are the possible options in the EU to fight unemployment? What is the relevance of introducing a European minimum wage? What about a European unemployment benefit? What role for collective bargaining between the social partners in this European environment? What institutional options are available in the EU?


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