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Labor Market and Social Protection in Central and East European Countries


  • Emilia Mary Balan


Since 2008, once with the arrival of the global economic crisis, the labour market in the Central and Eastern European countries has necessitated a new reorientation of policies. Market dynamics had known a significantly backward and social protection has been an essential element for all the governments of the CEE countries. Most of the CEE countries have proposed to achieve the targets included in the Europe 2020 Strategy, but there are huge differences between the current employment rate stage and targets. Objectives appear to be feasible for the Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Slovenia, but very little achievable for Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia.

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  • Emilia Mary Balan, 2015. "Labor Market and Social Protection in Central and East European Countries," Knowledge Horizons - Economics, Faculty of Finance, Banking and Accountancy Bucharest,"Dimitrie Cantemir" Christian University Bucharest, vol. 7(2), pages 46-50, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:khe:journl:v:7:y:2015:i:2:p:46-50

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    1. Hermine Vidovic, 2013. "Labour Market Developments and Social Welfare," wiiw Research Reports 392, The Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies, wiiw.
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    CEE; employment; unemployment; pensions; social protection;
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    JEL classification:

    • J08 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - General - - - Labor Economics Policies
    • J21 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Labor Force and Employment, Size, and Structure
    • J68 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Public Policy


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