Magazine article European Social Policy

Lisbon Strategy / Employers : Berlin and Rome Have Not Done Enough to Reform Labour Markets

Magazine article European Social Policy

Lisbon Strategy / Employers : Berlin and Rome Have Not Done Enough to Reform Labour Markets

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The EU should not adjust the existing integrated guidelines used to focus member states' reforms under the Lisbon Strategy, according to BusinessEurope, which presented its position on action needed under the 2008-2010 Lisbon cycle at a press conference on 4 December.

The representative organisation for EU employers believes that the European Commission should propose to retain the existing guidelines in order not to delay the structural reform process in member states.

According to the BusinessEurope's Secretary-General, Philippe de Buck, "national governments have often shied away from tackling priority reforms". His concern now is that they should not be given any excuse to continue to do so.

The organisation has stated its position in advance of the publication, by the European Commission, of its Strategic report on the renewed Lisbon Strategy'. The report, due to be published on 11 December, will contain an assessment of the results of the Lisbon process since it was re-launched in 2005. The report is intended as a contribution to the development of priorities for the next cycle of the Lisbon Strategy, which are scheduled to be adopted by the spring 2008 European Council.

De Buck's concerns have been heightened by the results of BusinessEurope's autumn 2007 European reform barometer'. This evaluates the progress made by member states in achieving the objectives of their Lisbon national reform programmes, based on data supplied by the national employers' federations that make up BusinessEurope's membership. …

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