Rebalancing the Enlarged Single Market (RESiM)

With different rounds of Eastern enlargement, the socio-economic heterogeneity within the European Union increased significantly. Related fears in the richer member states that low wage labour could undermine their higher social standards were answered with widely implemented transition periods for the free movement of labour. But posted workers, based on the freedom to provide services, nevertheless led to practices of social dumping. And in the UK, which had not opted for transition period for the free movement of labour with regard to the enlargement round of 2004, the criticism of intra-EU migration was central for the decision to leave the EU. Imbalances from EU labour migration have thus become a very salient political issue for the EU. The move of French President Macron to push for a reform of the posted workers directive in order to combat “social dumping” and the European Commission’s push for an “EU social pillar” attest to it.

The project RESiM deals with this rebalancing in the enlarged single market by analyzing different forms of atypical labour migration: marginal employment contracts, solo self-employment and posted work. Focusing on three old member states (Germany, France and Austria), and two new member states (Poland and Slovenia), the project examines which kind of new social compromise can be established and where its challenges lie.

In doing so, the project distinguishes itself from much of European integration research by emphasizing the importance of case law, established by the European Court of Justice in interpreting the EU Treaties. The Court has always played a crucial role for European integration, which has been ‘integration through law’. Yet, with the rising competences of the European Parliament, much research has neglected the importance of the Court. With a focus on the European and the member state levels, RESiM analyzes the interactions of the three branches of power within and between levels. How easily can political compromises on social rebalancing be challenged judicially? Which different preferences do member states have with view to the protection of social standards? How well versed are different member state administrations to control social dumping through atypical work, and how do different economic actors position themselves in between social protection and the EU’s economic freedoms?

By focusing on administrative and judicial responses next to EU legislation, the project analyzes where EU rules for atypical employment, solo self-employment and posted work undermine existing social compromises in member states, and how European or national rules can provide compensation for this. The comparison among different forms of atypical work and different member states promises to provide important guidelines for the successful rebalancing of the enlarged single market.  

 

RESiM is a transnational DACH-project (lead agency: FWF): a cooperation between the University of Salzburg (Salzburg Centre of European Union Studies, SCEUS/the Department of Political Science) and the University of Bremen (Institute for Intercultural and International Research, InIIS). The project is financed by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF; lead agency) and the German Research Foundation (DFG).

 

Project team Austria:

Prof. Dr. Michael Blauberger (project leader)

Dr. Anita Heindlmaier

Carina Kobler (affiliated doctoral student)

Birgit Mitter (student assistant)

 

Project team Germany:

Prof. Dr. Susanne K. Schmidt

Josephine Assmus

RESiM-Team
FWF- & DFG-Logo
  • News
    The Paris Lodron University of Salzburg has launched an in-house mentoring program for new students as part of the “On Track” project. And it has come at the right time, because the lockdown has made the start of their studies into a real challenge for many first-semester students.
    18 participants recently completed the university course in early childhood education with a master's degree. The course was held for the second time in Salzburg. Regional Minister Andrea Klambauer awarded prizes to nine of the graduates for their outstanding theses.
    The recording of the PLUS Talks "Studies and Teaching WS 2020/21“ from 25.11.2020 is now available.
    Matthias Henke, musicologist, Danube University Krems, talks about Beethoven's current biography “Beethoven. Akkord der Welt ( Chord of the World)”, published in 2020 by Hanser Verlag.
    24 very easy exercises on 24 cards can be found in the SALTO advent calendar. The exercise ideas are ideal for children from the age of three and are also easy for the whole family to carry out in a small space. With the support of the Kinder Büro (Children's Office), this combinable contribution should benefit as many as possible.
    Researchers led by Salzburg's geoinformatics scientist Christian Neuwirth had already developed and presented a mathematical model for Covid-19 in May 2020 which examines the question of how long and intensively social distancing measures have to be maintained in order to reduce corona deaths further.
    Results of the study on media use by children and families during lockdown. Home schooling could be improved, but is on the right track. Secondary schools have a better profile. Families have learned to deal with lockdown and homeschooling.
    A study carried out by the sleep laboratory of the Faculty of Natural Sciences on the topic of sleep under the direction Prof. Dr. Manuel Schabus is dedicated to the changes in sleep during the Covid-19 lockdown in 6 different countries (Ö, AT, UK, GR, CU, BRA). The fear, which is worrying from a psychological point of view, and which is evident across society, is also reflected in this data: 78% of those surveyed feel threatened or worried by the Covid-19 pandemic.
    Online lecture on chemistry: December 2nd 2020 - 6 p.m. Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna received the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the discovery of one of the sharpest tools in genetic engineering: the CRISPR / Cas9 genetic scissors. With this technology, researchers can modify the DNA of animals, plants and microorganisms with extremely high precision.
    The PLUS Report 2020 has been published.
    Digitization has led to an enormous spread of different forms of mobile working. Corona has brought an additional boost and has introduced home office in areas and for activities that were previously unimaginable.
    During the time of Corona, in particular, it became clear just how important it is to support students digitally in their every day university life. The project „On Track“ – stay on track combines digital and social worlds. It is starting at the right time!
  • Veranstaltungen
  • 01.12.20 Adventkalender der Universitätsbibliothek Salzburg 2020
    01.12.20 Der Körper als PLAYFUL TOOL
    02.12.20 Adventkalender der Universitätsbibliothek Salzburg 2020
    02.12.20 PLUS startupSPRECHTAG - gather your ideas
    02.12.20 Musikpyhsiologie und Musikermedizin: Musizieren im Zusammenwirken von Psyche und Körper
    02.12.20 Nobelpreise 2020 - CHEMIE (Genschere)
    03.12.20 Adventkalender der Universitätsbibliothek Salzburg 2020
    04.12.20 Adventkalender der Universitätsbibliothek Salzburg 2020
    04.12.20 Ideen mit Methode
    05.12.20 Adventkalender der Universitätsbibliothek Salzburg 2020
    06.12.20 Adventkalender der Universitätsbibliothek Salzburg 2020
    07.12.20 Adventkalender der Universitätsbibliothek Salzburg 2020
  • Alumni Club
  • PRESS
  • University of Salzburg's facebook site University of Salzburg's twitter site University of Salzburg's instagram site University of Salzburg's flickr site University of Salzburg's vimeo site