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SPAIN — Last in EU flexibility and security ranking

08 July 2009

At 58.5 points Spain is 11.5 points behind its EU Flexicurity target of 70 and ranks bottom in the EU15 league table, El Diario Montanes reports.

Flexicurity, the welfare state model adopted by the European Union on the initiative of Denmark is a combination of higher flexibility in terms of hiring and firing for employers and better security for workers in terms of benefits and training provision from the government.

The league table is led by the Nordic countries and The Netherlands. However, Spain has for the first time and as the only country in the EU published regional Flexicurity levels.

The report, compiled by the Association of Large Temporary Employment Agencies (Agett) in collaboration with the Centre for Economic Prediction of Madrid University, highlights that Navarra comes out top with 67.7% followed by the Balearic Islands with 62.4% and Madrid with 61.2%.

According to Francisco Aranda, President of Agett, “the regionalisation of the Flexicurity indicator is a unique concept in the EU and has so far not been done in any other European country but Spain.â€VbCrLf



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