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31 January 2013, International Trade Union House, Blvd du Roi Albert II 5, 1210 Brussels - Auditorium

European labour markets in (the) crisis: Is there light at the end of the tunnel? (with Commissioner Andor)

The aim of this conference is to take stock of how the global economic crisis which started in 2008 and evolved into a Eurozone sovereign debt and banking crisis since 2010 has been affecting labour markets in the EU and to assess whether the policy responses that have been put forward so far are likely to address the problem of rising and persistently high unemployment in the area and its causes. Expert researchers and practitioners in key positions will debate these questions. The conference will also hear a keynote speech by László Andor, EU Commissioner responsible for employment, social affairs and inclusion.

Final programme

9.15-9.30 Welcome

Maria Jepsen, ETUI

9.30-10.55 The EU response to the Eurozone crisis: An evaluation of prospects, gains and costs

Moderator: Martin Myant, ETUI


11.25-12.50 European labour markets in crisis

Moderator: Maria Jepsen, ETUI


13.50-15.15 Intra-EU labour mobility at times of crisis: does it have a re-balancing effect on a diverging European labour market?


15.35-17.00 The Eurozone crisis and its impact on collective bargaining


17.00-17.45 Keynote speech by Laszlo Andor, EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion:
Read here Commissioner Andor's speech: Labour market: Cinderella of EU recovery strategy?

17.45-18.00 Closing remarks

  • Bernadette Segol, ETUC
  • Philippe Pochet, ETUI

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