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Benchmarking Working Europe 2009

Benchmarking Working Europe 2009 has been published! This year’s report provides an assessment of the different facets of Lisbon Strategy. It asks whether the EU is really moving in the direction of knowledge-based growth, examines whether the EU has witnessed the creation of more and better quality jobs and considers whether the Union is succeeding in attaining greater social cohesion.

The report highlights:

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    The discrepancy between the initial targets set in 2000 and the results achieved so far. There has been only limited progress in the areas of lifelong learning, school drop-out rates and investment in research and development.

     

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    Employment creation has risen… but mainly through part-time and temporary jobs.

     

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    The wage share of workers has significantly declined.

     

The report concludes that raising social and environmental standards could assist in ensuring sustainable growth and a healthier, more cohesive society.

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