EU Sources - The European Semester’s impact on bargaining - November 30, 2017

This paper, written in the frame of the project DECOBA, analyses the impact of the policies implemented via the European Semester on collective bargaining over the period from 2015 to 2017. The paper treats the policies recommended by the European commission and the implementation by the national governments and takes stock of their impact on collective bargaining. Taking into consideration first the whole EU, then focusing on the five target countries: Belgium, France, Germany, Italy and Spain. The conclusions shed light on the paradoxical discrepancy between the declared objectives the policies put in place and their effective results. The author underlines the need for restoring the respect of social partners’ role and autonomy as well as for preserving and (re-)establishing sector collective bargaining at national level.

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