EU Enlargement and Its Implications for Work and Employment

EU Enlargement and Its Implications for Work and Employment

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Abstract

When the leaders of the European Union met in Lisbon in 2000, they envisaged that EU enlargement would result in long-term positive economic and social changes, despite the possibility of short-term negative effects. They projected a European continent that would have the most competitive knowledge-based economy in the world and be able to maintain vibrant economic growth with improved employment prospects and greater social cohesion. This case study examines the impact and responses to the enlargement of the EU into 25 economically, socially, culturally and politically diverse countries.

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