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Labour Law Reforms in Eastern and Western Europe


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.

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Cover picture: Map of countries in Europe and the surrounding region, by San Jose (map), Hayden120 (retouch), via Wikimedia Commons. With financial support of Faculty of Law Vilnius University and Lithuanian Society for Labour Law and Social Security. The book was subject to a double blind refereeing process.No part of this book may be reproduced in any form, by print, photocopy, microfilm or any other means, without prior written permission from the publisher. All rights reserved.

© P.I.E. PETER LANG S.A.    Éditions scientifiques internationales    Brussels, 2017    1 avenue Maurice, B-1050 Brussels, Belgium;

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Names: Davulis, Tomas, editor. Title: Labour law reforms in Eastern and Western Europe / edited by Tomas Davulis. Description: Frankfurt : Peter Lang, 2017. | Series: Cultures juridiques et politiques ; Vol. 12 | Includes bibliographical references and index. Identifiers: LCCN 2017022326 (print) | LCCN 2017017277 (ebook) | ISBN 9782807604179 (ePDF) | ISBN 9782807604186 (ePUB) | ISBN 9782807604193 (emobi) | ISBN 9782807604162 (alk. paper) Subjects: LCSH: Labor laws and legislation--Europe, Eastern. | Labor laws and legislation--Europe, Western. | Law reform--Europe, Eastern. | Law reform--Europe, Western. Classification: LCC KJC2855 (print) | LCC KJC2855 .L33 2017 (ebook) | DDC 344.401--dc23 LC record available at Bibliographic information published by “Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek”. “Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek” lists this publication in the “Deutsche National-bibliografie”; detailed bibliographic data is available on the Internet at .

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