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EU Labour Market

Volume 448: debated on Thursday 6 July 2006

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment his Department has made of the impact of EU labour market liberalisation on the UK economy; and if he will make a statement. (82097)

A more dynamic and open Europe would be a Europe of increased employment, confidence and growth, a Europe which would both promote and facilitate the UK's efforts to boost its own productivity and raise its own economic performance.

The Government place great importance on economic reform in Europe, and on encouraging greater use of policies that promote flexible labour markets.

The Treasury keeps EU labour market developments under review, and continues to argue the case for reform in Europe. In a recent joint paper with the Swedish Ministry of Finance,—“Social Bridges—Meeting the Challenges of Globalisation” (http://www.hm-treasury.gov.uk./documents/international_ issues/European_economic_reform/social_bridges_ paper_cfm) the Government again made the case for reforming labour markets and for policies that protect people's employability rather than specific jobs or sectors.