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Re-employment Challenges in the EU2020 Strategy – Consequences for Hungary

Kovács, O. (2010): Re-employment Challenges in the EU2020 Strategy – Consequences for Hungary. News of the Month, ICEG European Center, August 2010 pp. 8-13.

The paper analyses the challenges regarding the shift from unemployment to re-employment by looking at the EU as well as the path of Visegrád countries. We argue that the efficacy of the EU2020 regarding the active labour market policy will depend on its real implementation. This requires that the policymakers overstep the levels of sonorous words- and that of ideologies. Hungary has to learn from the empirical findings on the topic of how the government could imagine the future of its active labour market policy. Moreover, Hungary has to face with the challenges originating in the imperfections of the labour policy, which should reinforce the importance of transparent job-searching mechanisms rather than financing the further spending without any deliberation on the inefficient unemployment architecture.