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Conducted between January 1999 and December 2000 in selected regions of the five largest countries in the EU, the research project financed within the TSER programme and bearing the acronym LOCLEVCONC (its title in full being 'Local Level Concertation: The Possible Role of Social Partners and Local Level Institutions in Regulating the New Forms of Employment and Work') explored, from various standpoints and using both quantitative and qualitative research techniques, the interest of the social partners and local institutions in seeking new ways to regulate the use of non-standard forms of employment, or new forms of employment and work (NFEW), the development of which is one of the main changes that have taken place in the labour markets of the most developed countries. Contrary to what is widely believed, the project�s overall assumption was that there may be an interest not only among workers and their representatives, but also among firms and the institutions, in defining in concerted manner, and especially at the local level, innovative programmes and rules so that the use of NFEW may be both more efficient for firms and socially more acceptable for labour, from the perspective of a search for 'mild flexibility'.

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