European Union Internal Market and Labour Law: Friends or Foes?

This book explores the intricate, complex, and sometimes contentious relationship between the European Union’s agenda for a free internal market and the protection of labour standards within the European Union. Its immediate focus is on recent legal developments, both in case law and in legislation.
Author(s):
Marc De Vos
Series:
Social Europe Series
Volume:
19
book | published | 1st edition
June 2009 | xiii + 149 pp.

Paperback
€40.-


ISBN 9789050959148


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The interaction between labour market regulation and the European Union’s internal market poses increasing challenges for both lawyers and policy makers throughout the European Union. From a policy point of view, the Lisbon Agenda and the reality of globalisation have driven the EU towards a reformative approach of labour law in the context of its employment strategy. In the legal arena, the mixture of different national labour standards and free economic exchange has turned explosive in the wake of EU enlargement.

This book explores the intricate, complex, and sometimes contentious relationship between the European Union’s agenda for a free internal market and the protection of labour standards within the European Union. Its immediate focus is on recent legal developments, both in case law and in legislation. But these developments are addressed in a more general approach that seeks to give an overall background and context. The result of a conference held in the aftermath of the instantly famous cases of Laval and Viking, the book also reports on a panel discussion between stakeholders.


About this book
‘[…] an excellent read for anyone interested in the contest for EU labour law competence […] timely, thought-provoking, and always engaging […]’
Charlotte O’Brien in Common Market Law Review (2010) 958.

‘[...] a significant contribution for the assessment of the position of labour law in EC law.’
Christian Wagner in EuZA (2010) 443.

Chapters

Table of Contents (p. 0)

PART I. ANALYSIS

MODERNISATION OF THE INTERNAL MARKET: POTENTIAL CLASHES AND CROSSROADS WITH OTHER POLICIES (p. 1)

INTERNAL MARKET V. LABOUR MARKET: A BRIEF HISTORY (p. 19)

THE RIGHT TO TAKE COLLECTIVE ACTION V. FUNDAMENTAL ECONOMIC FREEDOMS IN THE AFTERMATH OF LAVAL AND VIKING - Foes are forever! (p. 45)

FLEXICURITY AND THE EUROPEAN GLOBALISATION ADJUSTMENT FUND: PROPAGANDA OR PANACEA? (p. 105)

PART II. DISCUSSION

PANEL DISCUSSION (p. 137)

About the series:

Social Europe Series

The Social Europe Series gives the reader more than an introduction to the social systems of the member states of the European Union. It offers the social security expert with comparative experience the opportunity to place his or her knowledge of (aspects of) foreign social security systems in a broader national context. The series facilitates the broad comparison of the national systems, by describing them according to a uniform structure.

Editorial board: Michael Adler (University of Edinburgh), Anne Davies (University of Oxford), Guus Heerma van Voss (University of Leiden), Frank Hendrickx (University of Leuven & Tilburg University), Frans Pennings (Utrecht University), Sophie Robin-Olivier (University of Paris X Nanterre), Achim Seifert (University of Luxembourg ), Sara Stendahl (Göteborg University) and Bernd Waas (Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University Frankfurt).

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