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'Flexicurity' urged to invigorate job policies EU-wide

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'Flexicurity' urged to invigorate job policies EU-wide


If you believe having a job for life is a thing of the past, then you are like three quarters of European citizens. Today’s fast-changing global economy is the culprit.

To make more and better jobs possible, the European Commission is getting behind the active labour market concept of flexicurity. This combines security both for workers and companies.

One of its main principles is to narrow the comfort gap, say between someone with a steady longterm paycheck and the person in and out of the job centre, whose life feels more like walking a tightrope.

A spokeswoman in Brussels lays out the schedule:
“What are the next steps? Basically, we are looking at establishing common principles which can then be adopted at the European Council in December.”

Flexicurity’s aims include ensuring that more Europeans enjoy income support between jobs or have opportunities to start their own businesses.
It is also to prevent companies being mummified in red tape.

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