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The European Asscher Agenda

18-04-2016 | Adriaan Schout, Jan Marinus Wiersma, Mariana Gomes Neto
The European agenda of Dutch Social Affairs minister Asscher is a political and economic minefield, Adriaan Schout, Jan Marinus Wiersma and Mariana Gomes Neto write.

Adriaan Schout is Senior Research Fellow & Coordinator Europe, Jan Marinus Wiersma is Senior Visiting Research Fellow and Mariana Gomes Neto is former Research Fellow at Institute Clingendael


In the first half of 2016 the Netherlands will hold the Presidency of the European Union. The sensitive topic of labour migration is one of the main focal points of the Dutch Presidency. Equal pay for equal work in the same workplace has to prevent ‘unfair’ competition on employment conditions within Europe. Specific interest goes out to the current Posting of Workers Directive that regulates the conditions governing temporary workers from other EU Member States. The aim of this policy brief is to identify the areas of tension with regard to this specific priority of the Dutch EU Presidency. The challenges posed by the Dutch agenda include the balance between internal market and social policy objectives, the diverging interests of the "receiving" and the "sending" countries and the role of labour migration in the EMU.

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