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.
Eurofound (2020), Upward convergence in the EU: Definition, measurement and trends, Publications Office of the European Union, Luxembourg.
Tables and graphs
The following list of graphs can be found in the report.
Figure 1: Downward divergence in income inequality, 2008–2018, EU27
Figure 2: Upward convergence in the employment rate, 2008–2018, EU27
Figure 3: Downward divergence in the unemployment rate, 2008–2018, EU27
Figure 4: Upward convergence in AROPE, 2008–2017, EU27
Cercetările efectuate înainte de retragerea Regatului Unit din Uniunea Europeană la 31 ianuarie 2020 și publicate ulterior pot include date referitoare la cele 28 de state membre ale UE. În lipsa unor indicații contrare, după această dată, cercetările vor lua în considerare numai cele 27 de state membre ale UE (UE28 minus Regatul Unit).
Acest raport prezintă rezultatele cercetărilor efectuate în februarie 2020, înainte de epidemia de COVID-19 din Europa. Din acest motiv, rezultatele nu iau în considerare epidemia.
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