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Objectives

The main objective of the INSPIRES project is to contribute to the resilience and active inclusion of labour markets in European countries by identifying innovative policies that contribute to resilience and inclusiveness and by analyzing strategies of policy learning that facilitate the development and transfer of these innovations within and across European countries. This objective results in the following specific goals:

1.    To contribute to the resilience of labour markets and the active inclusion of vulnerable groups on the labour markets by identifying conditions that facilitate processes of policy learning and innovation at the sub-national, national, cross-national and European level;

2.    To identify, analyze and assess innovative policies that affect the behaviour of different parties on the labour market, including employers and employees and to evaluate and explain the impact of these innovations on the resilience of labour markets and the active inclusion of vulnerable groups;

3.    To identify, analyze and assess innovative processes of interaction, participation and governance  within formal and informal networks between the state, social partners (trade unions and employers associations), non-governmental organisations, service providers and those affected by poverty and social exclusion and evaluate their impact on the active inclusion of vulnerable groups and the resilience of labour markets;

4.    To identify, analyze and assess innovations directed at institutional structure of labour markets and employment regulation (for example minimum-income regulation, labour protection, employment protection, flexicurity) and evaluate their impact on the active inclusion of vulnerable groups and the resilience of labour markets;

5.    To analyse how tools and data for policymaking in the area of employment and labour market are actually used in the policymaking process and during policy monitoring and implementation and to evaluate their impact on the innovation and policy learning capacities on the sub-national, national and European level; 

6.    To critically assess the EU's role in policy learning and its relation to the implementation process of EU policies in the fields of labour market policies and employment policies.

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