Edited By Tomas Davulis
Recent years in Europe have been marked by efforts to introduce changes in labour law in order to boost employment, reduce labour costs and increase flexibility of national labour markets. The increased international competition has led to major labour law reforms in some European countries but the majority of national developments still indicate a rather limited reformist approach. Evolutionary rather than revolutionary efforts were initiated to balance the wage-setting mechanisms and to soften the dismissal law protection to create room for flexibility, to increase employment by promoting atypical forms of employment, to accommodate legal regulations to technological advances and the new types of economy. Accompanying social security measures intended to improve the efficiency of active labour market policies.
The current selection of academic contributions intends to provide an overview of recent developments in the legal regulation of labour markets in Eastern and Western European countries. The authors’ contributions could not cover all the aspects of the current state of recent reformist efforts on the labour markets. However, by picturing separate developments in different European countries, it intends to assist in identifying regional similarities. Furthermore, it provides opportunities for exchange of ideas, experiences and practices for shaping labour law both at European and national level.
Individual Labour Law Reforms in Belgium and the Role of Certain Socio-Economic Factors (Wilfried Rauws / Evelien Timbermont)
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Individual Labour Law Reforms in Belgium and the Role of Certain Socio-Economic Factors
Wilfried RAUWS* and Evelien TIMBERMONT**
The economic problems in Belgium, as analysed by the Belgian and European authorities, caused a number of measures, especially around the reducing of labour costs and controlled flexibility of work. Social policy in Belgium also aims at further improving transitions in the labour market. Moreover, Belgium intensified the policy against bogus self- employed workers.
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