The European Commission's Green Paper on Labour Law

By Murcia, Joaquín García | International Labour Review, January 1, 2007 | Go to article overview

The European Commission's Green Paper on Labour Law


Murcia, Joaquín García, International Labour Review


On 22 November 2006, the Commission of the European Communities issued a Green Paper entitled Modernising labour law to meet the challenges of the 21st century.1 As its title suggests, this fairly concise document is concerned primarily with labour regulation. In broader perspective, however, it can be seen to feed into the employment strategy agreed by the Member States of the European Union at Lisbon in 2000 - the so-called Lisbon Strategy, which has since been followed up by numerous related proposals and suggestions. In other words, while the subject matter of the Green Paper and the proposals it contains fall within the scope of labour legislation, it is intended more as an analytical instrument designed to support employment and human resource policy at Community level. In more general terms, it could thus be described as a further contribution to conceptualizing and delineating the role of labour legislation in a way that would enable the labour market to generate a sufficient level of employment with decent working conditions, i.e. to strike a satisfactory balance between the quantity and quality of employment.

At any rate, this Green Paper is a preliminary analysis to be considered in preparation for a broader study that will incorporate the contributions expected from participants in public consultations held via a web site given in the document itself. Accordingly, each section ends with a set of questions addressed to would-be contributors to this ongoing endeavour to compile data, perspectives, proposals and suggestions. The Green Paper can thus ultimately be seen as the initial draft of a more elaborate document to be published on the now crucial challenge of modernizing labour law. As part of this process, the Commission of the European Communities will be submitting "Commission Communications" in the course of 2007 on the effect to be given the proposals. One such Communication, due in June, will be about "flexicurity" - a concept that combines flexibility for employers with security for workers. The purpose of these initiatives is to elaborate upon such contributions as may be received and "to help Member States steer the reform efforts" (p. 5).

In order to get the process going, the document offers a mix of factual information, views and considerations organized around three distinct, albeit complementary themes, namely: labour law in the European Union today, recent developments in labour legislation, and strategy for the future. The overall focus, of course, is on the challenges of employment and work in Europe in the twenty-first century. Given the methodology adopted, the Green Paper is intended primarily to stimulate debate - among experts, the social partners and other stakeholders - as a means of identifying the issues, engaging governments and relevant agencies, and encouraging social dialogue between trade unions and employers with a view to influencing the content of national labour legislation in the short- to medium-term future. As mentioned above, the purpose of this exercise is to set up a legal and institutional framework conducive to the creation of more and better jobs through appropriate initiatives or reforms.

All of the ideas, proposals and perspectives offered here proceed from a consideration of the employment situation and its effects on working conditions. For obvious reasons, the analysis focuses on the European Community, but many of the issues raised are also relevant to other parts of the world, particularly countries whose pace or level of development has brought them within the orbit of the economy of the Western world. Not surprisingly, the analysis begins with a review of trends such as the growing insecurity of employment, the proliferation of types of contract or jobs hitherto considered atypical, the growth of "three-way" employment relationships, situations arising out of the outsourcing of production, the hiring out of labour (via temporary employment agencies), the growing proportion of self -employment, particularly that now referred to, somewhat confusingly, as "economically dependent self-employment". …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

The European Commission's Green Paper on Labour Law
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.