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The European Employment Strategy: Assessing the Status Quo

GPS, Vol. 7 No. 1, (2011)

The European Employment Strategy (EES) is the European Unionís main instrument
to co-ordinate Member Statesí reform efforts in the area of labour market and social policies. Launched in 1997, it has undergone various changes,
both in its governance and its policy orientation. This paper offers an overview of the EESís origins, main functions and evolution. It also critically reflects on its development and closes with a succinct presentation and assessment of the EES in the context of the Europe 2020 Strategy that has replaced the expired Lisbon Strategy.

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