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LSE contributes to the Greek debate on labour market flexibility

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Policy seminar on Labour Market Flexibility: international experience and the case of Greece
Friday 22 April, 5pm, Hotel Grande Bretagne Athens

Professor Stephen Nickell, the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and a member of the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee, is to give a keynote speech at a debate on reforming the Greek labour market, on Friday 22 April in Athens.

Labour Market Flexibility: international experience and the case of Greece, organised by LSE's Hellenic Observatory and sponsored by EFG Eurobank Ergasias, will open with Professor Nickell outlining the agenda for labour market reform in Europe as a whole.

Ulysses Kyriakopoulos, president of the Federation of Greek Industries (SEB) and Alexander Kalivis, vice-president of the Greek General Confederation of Labour (GSEE) will respond to his comments.

While Professor Nickell will concentrate on an analysis of the problem of over-regulated working conditions in Europe, his remarks are bound to have implications for the debate on reforming the domestic Greek economy. How far this agenda will be taken up by Mr Kyriakopoulos and Mr Kalivis, in particular, will be a key focus of attention in the proceedings

The event will also include an address by Professor George Alogoskoufis, the Greek minister of national economy and an alumnus of LSE, Dr Stavros Gavroglou, the Observatory of Employment of OAED, Dr Daphne Nikolitsa, Athens University of Economics and Business, and Dr Vassilis Monastiriotis, LSE and the chief organiser of the event.

The debate will be chaired by Professor Kevin Featherstone, director of the Hellenic Observatory at LSE. He said: 'The purpose of the event is to contribute to the ongoing debate in Greece, with expert policy analysis from all sides. We seek to go beyond set political speeches and to place the Greek case in the context of Europe.'

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Labour Market Flexibility: international experience and the case of Greece is at 5pm on Friday 22 April at the Hotel Grande Bretagne, Athens. The event is part of the Observatory's programme of conferences and seminars devoted to major public policy issues.

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19 April 2005

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