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Project - Flexicurity – which role for Public Employment Services?

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Project - Flexicurity – which role for Public Employment Services?

The role of the Public Employment Services related to ‘Flexicurity’ in the European Labour Market. The project is finalised. 

The project is completed.

Project start 19/12/2007. Completion 19/12/2008.

How can we sustain and develop inclusive labour markets while pursuing sound public finances and ensuring the future competitiveness of Europe?
Flexicurity offers a compelling solution to the demographic, economic and social challenges of Europe. Countries like Denmark and the Netherlands have had good results with their flexicurity policies combining the following elements:

  • Flexible labour markets
  • A modern and generous social security system
  • A comprehensive system for lifelong learning
  • Active labour market policies

The Public Employment Services (PES) is a key actor on the European labour markets – particularly when it comes to active labour market policies. Therefore, it is highly relevant to examine the role PES can and does play in implementing flexicurity. The EU Commission has commissioned Danish Technological Institute and partners to map the role of PES with regard to flexicurity, provide information and qualify the dialogue with PES on the matter. The study acknowledges the great institutional diversity of the countries and it is not the purpose of the study to copy the Danish model to other countries.

The study includes:

  • A literature study on PES and flexicurity
  • A questionnaire survey of PES practises in ALMP and cooperation with partners
  • A questionnaire survey among PES partners
  • Eight site visits to Poland, Denmark, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Italy, Slovenia, Estonia, and Austria
  • An analysis of the structural conditions of flexicurity and PES

The study also contains a selection of 22 good practise cases of how PES can contribute to flexicurity.


For more information
Flexicurity – It takes two to tango