Flexicurity and Labour Market Reforms in Europe

Demos and Bruegel think tanks joined for an event in Brussels to discuss the potential of the flexicurity model as an employment strategy, and how it could be successfully implemented in European countries.

Some European economies are, or have recently been, reforming their labour markets to try to put in place a “flexicurity” model. Indeed, there is a strong demand for further flexibilisation of labour markets, employment and the work organization to adjust to globalization and the competition from other regions. But at the same time, an equally strong demand exists for providing security to employees – and to vulnerable groups – and for preserving social cohesion which is the trademark of the European social model.

This event was the first in a collaborative series between Bruegel and Demos think tanks, exploring the social dimensions and economic consequences of European labour market transformation. The series brings together both organisations’ distinct perspectives on these issues, balancing Bruegel’s macro- and microeconomic rigour with Demos’ unique insights into the lived experiences of social and economic change.

Speakers:
  • Chair: Grégory Claeys, Research Fellow, Bruegel
  • Philip Collins, Chair of Demos’ Board of Trustees and Columnist, The Times
  • Maria Jepsen, Director of the Research Department, European Trade Unions Institute
  • Marco Leonardi, Economic Advisor, Prime Minister’s office, Italy
  • Antoine Foucher, Head of Cabinet of the Minister of Labour, France