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A Dynamic Approach to Europe's Unemployment Problem - DAEUP, Final Report, EUR 23120

Project ID: HPSE-CT-2001-00071


In March 2000, the European Council in Lisbon set out a ten-year strategy to make the EU 'the most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy in the world, capable of sustainable economic growth with more and better jobs and greater social cohesion'. The Lisbon Strategy aimed at promoting long-term economic growth, full employment, social cohesion, and sustainable development in a knowledge-based society.
In 2004, the European Council and the Commission decided to prepare a mid-term review of the Lisbon strategy. The report concluded 'that little progress had been made over the first five years and recommended to refocus the agenda on growth and employment. It also underlined the need for real ownership by the member states of the reforms needed.
'A Dynamic Approach to Europe's Unemployment Problem' (DAEUP) involved a programme of research designed to increase our understanding of European unemployment and to assess policies to bring unemployment levels down. Its distinctive feature resided in the adoption of a dynamic approach in response to the finding that labour markets are characterised by continuous pervasive change, as well as new data sources and forms. Research had been conducted with a view to addressing key policy issues and contributing to public debate, by making findings accessible to key players and any interested parties. In its three-year lifespan, the DAEUP project investigated the following policy areas: unemployment insurance and assistance systems, active labour market policies, maximum legal workweek legislation, flexible work forms, Employment Protection Legislation, minimum wage, the effects of immigration, youth and lone parent unemployment, and female participation in the labour market.

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