OECD's Economic Survey of the European Union for 2012 examines recent economic developments, policies and prospects. It also includes special chapters covering the single market and labour market mobility.
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Executive summary Assessment and recommendations -The EU needs to tackle the economic crisis and reach a stronger sustainable growth path -The new growth model should support a fairer and greener economy -The Europe 2020 strategy sets out ambitious EU reform targets, but will they be achieved? -The completion of the Single Market is a strong EU-level tool to boost growth -Europe needs to innovate more and better -Further progress in trade liberalisation and agriculture would boost growth and raise living standards -Labour market reforms and removing barriers to intra-EU labour mobility would boost employment, growth and ease adjustments -An EU-level immigration policy could ease skill shortages due to demographic changes -Regional policy can contribute more to growth -Bibliography Chapter 1.A Single Market for Europe -How far is the Single Market a single market? -Deeper integration would have a large impact on growth and living standards -EU policy to complete the Single Market is moving forward, but slowly -The Single Market needs to move closer to a Single Rule Book -Targeted sector-specific measures policies are needed to open some markets fully -Bibliography Chapter 2.Mobility and migration in Europe -EU labour markets are fragmented between and within countries and overall mobility is low -Mobility is held back by Europe’s diversity but also by administrative obstacles -Migration from outside Europe can reduce labour market imbalances -Bibliography Glossary