Promoting social cohesion and convergence

Upward convergence in the EU: Definition, measurement and trends

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30 szeptember 2020
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The uneven impact of the 2008–2013 economic crisis on Member States brought upward convergence to the fore in EU political debates. The focus was on orienting social policy towards getting the EU back on track, as encapsulated in the European Pillar of Social Rights. However, the meaning of the cRead more

The uneven impact of the 2008–2013 economic crisis on Member States brought upward convergence to the fore in EU political debates. The focus was on orienting social policy towards getting the EU back on track, as encapsulated in the European Pillar of Social Rights. However, the meaning of the concept was unclear. Eurofound filled this gap, defining upward convergence as an improvement in performance alongside a reduction in disparities among Member States in a given socioeconomic indicator. Taking this definition as a starting point, this report illustrates the different ways that upward convergence is typically measured. It also summarises convergence patterns in six important socioeconomic indicators over a decade, from the start of the economic crisis to the height of the recovery. The analysis finds that upward convergence patterns are unstable and that Member States need to strengthen their resilience in the economic and social policy domains to achieve sustainable upward convergence.

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Előfordulhat, hogy az Egyesült Királyság Európai Unióból való 2020. január 31-ei kilépését megelőzően végzett és később közzétett kutatások mind a 28 uniós tagállamra vonatkozó adatokat tartalmaznak. Ezen időpontot követően a kutatások – eltérő rendelkezés hiányában – csak a 27 uniós tagállamot veszik figyelembe (az EU28 az Egyesült Királyságot leszámítva).

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