156-0415/01 – European Union Labour Markets (TP EU)

Gurantor departmentDepartment of Applied EconomicsCredits2
Subject guarantorprof. Ing. Jaromír Gottvald, CSc.Subject version guarantorprof. Ing. Jaromír Gottvald, CSc.
Study levelundergraduate or graduateRequirementCompulsory
Study languageCzech
Year of introduction2008/2009Year of cancellation2011/2012
Intended for the facultiesEKFIntended for study typesFollow-up Master
Instruction secured by
LoginNameTuitorTeacher giving lectures
GOT40 prof. Ing. Jaromír Gottvald, CSc.
Extent of instruction for forms of study
Form of studyWay of compl.Extent
Part-time Credit and Examination 12+0

Subject aims expressed by acquired skills and competences

To clarify development of the European Union with emphasis to the labour markets - to compare the models of labour markets in the EU members - to identify differences between EU labour markets and other countries - to dramatise the transfer from the pasive to the active labour market policy and other changes in the structure of labour market

Teaching methods



The course provides detail knowledge on labour markets in European union and EU countries, the evolution of integration process in EU from the beginning of 80-ties and the contemporary development trends. Executive summary of the political and economic context of implementation of Employment Guidelines is involved. Deep comparisons of labour market models of EU countries and also with other developed countries are provided together with assessment of performances and policies per selected member states - impact evaluation of the European Employment Strategy.

Compulsory literature:

GOVERNATORI, Matteo. Employment in Europe 2010. Luxemburg: Publications office of the European Union, 2010. 197 s. ISBN 978-92-79-16795-9. EUROPEAN COMMISSION. Impact evaluation of the uropean employment strategy, Brusel: European Commission, 2002. [online]. Dostupné z: ec.europa.eu/social/BlobServlet?docId=713&langId=en KONING, Jaap de. a Hugh MOSLEY, eds. Labour Market Policy and Unemployment: impact and proces evalutions in selected European countries. Cheltenham: Edward Edgar Publishing, 2001. 317 s. ISBN 1-84064-279-3.

Recommended literature:

EUROPEAN COMMISSION. EU employment and social policy, 1999 - 2001: jobs, cohesion, productivity. Luxembourg: Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, 2001. 43 s. ISBN 92-894-1533-9. COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES. Draft Joint Employment Report 2002. Brussel: European Commission, 2002. [online]. Dostupné z: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=COM:2002:0621:FIN:EN:PDF RODRIGUES, Maria J. European Policies for a Knowledge Economy. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2003. 169 s. ISBN 1-84542-094-2.

Way of continuous check of knowledge in the course of semester


Other requirements



Subject has no prerequisities.


Subject has no co-requisities.

Subject syllabus:

Panorama of the European labour markets • Recent labour market performance – description • Employment rates • Gender differences in participation, employment and pay • Unemployment, skills and employment • Labour market situation of non-EU nationals 2. Sectoral employment trends • Best employment performing sectors • Sectoral employment performance by level of skills and education • Sectoral structure and employment performance 3. Structural changes in the European labour markets • Employment and participation dynamics, the cyclical behaviour of employment, labour force and unemployment • The effect of upturns and downturns on employment, labour force and unemployment • The role of temporary contracts, part time jobs 4. Evidence on long-term trends in the labour market • The impact of demographic changes on employment, unemployment and participation rates • The impact of changes in the skills structure of the working age population on employment, participation and unemployment 5. Flexicurity – conditions, development, implementation 6. Performance gaps between European regions • Regional disparities, regional disparities • Employment rate, unemployment rate • Indicators adopted in the classification of regions, groups of European regions • Different patterns of utilisation of resources, productivity and employment contributions to growth 7. Employment policy mix and policy making • A clear convergence towards successful labour market strategies • A stronger priority for employment at the national level • POLICY MAKING - More integrated governmental decision making on employment-related policies • Co-operation between Member States and diffusion of labour market practices 8. Implementation of the EU employment guidelines and recommendations • ASSESSMENT OF PERFORMANCES AND POLICIES ACROSS THE EUROPEAN UNION • Better developed lifelong learning strategies 9. Denmark - Impact evaluation of the European Employment Strategy • Introduction to lecture – characteristics of Denmark, namely labour market • Danish employment policies in relation to the European Employment Strategy • Recommendations for a future European Employment Strategy 10. Ireland - Impact evaluation of the European Employment Strategy • Introduction to lecture - Trends in Employment and Unemployment • Theme ‘The Impact of Activation Measures’ • Theme ‘Taxes, Benefits and the Financial Incentive to Work’ 11. UK - Impact evaluation of the European Employment Strategy • Prevention and activation policies for unemployed people • Young People aged 18-24 before six months unemployment • The New Deal for Young People, New Deal for Lone Parents • New Deal for Disabled People, New Deal for People aged 50 and above • The New Deal for Partners of Unemployed People 12. Spain - Impact evaluation of the European Employment Strategy • PREVENTION AND ACTIVATION POLICIES FOR THE UNEMPLOYED • Training actions and employability • Integration of beneficiaries and effectiveness of measures • TAXES, BENEFITS AND LABOUR SUPPLY

Conditions for subject completion

Part-time form (validity from: 1960/1961 Summer semester)
Task nameType of taskMax. number of points
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Exercises evaluation and Examination Credit and Examination 100 (100) 51 3
        Exercises evaluation Credit 35 (35) 0 3
                Other task type Other task type 35  0 3
        Examination Examination 65 (65) 0 3
                Written examination Written examination 65  0 3
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Academic yearProgrammeBranch/spec.Spec.ZaměřeníFormStudy language Tut. centreYearWSType of duty
2010/2011 (N6202) Economic Policy and Administration (6210T004) European Integration (02) European Integration K Czech Ostrava 1 Compulsory study plan
2008/2009 (N6202) Economic Policy and Administration (6202T027) National Economy (02) National Economy K Czech Ostrava 1 Compulsory study plan

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