The European Union has to face several restructurings concerning employment because of the negative impact of decisions made by managers. This includes reorganisation, closure, insolvency, merger, acquisition, downsizing, externalisation and delocalisation. These reorganisations can also have several reasons, for instance a more open global economy, an ageing population in Europe, a continuous introduction of new technologies modifying our ways of working and the necessity to combat climate change and to reduce our impact on the environment.
These necessary changes offer opportunities but also challenges for the population. Indeed it is very hard for an individual to loose the job. This can be a painful experience and also threaten the existence. When there are many job losses in a limited period of time and in an area, the European Union has the challenge and task to create new jobs. In these cases the influence of the Union is apparent. It is important to remove the blinders of the horse to see the opportunities a reorganisation delivers for the population. This depends enormously from the environmental factors. A rescuing strategy today can be the way to ruin tomorrow. To reach this long term aim it is necessary to go there in little short term steps. To limit the negative impacts of these changes and to reinforce positive ones, the actions must be developed through Europe at all levels: local, regional, national and European. Workers, enterprises and regions affected by change also benefit from EU measures to increase awareness and limit negative social consequences. A number of directives help to support the quality within the process of restructuring. The European Parliament has devoted time to appreciate and actively discuss these issues. Following is one example how the EU can support in the local level:
The European Commission is promoting the establishment of holistic, integrative local employment development (LED) strategies that will benefit all. A very important aspect of LED is that it should be multi-stakeholder, encouraging committed local partnerships that identify with the localities they operate in. The Commission looks for good understanding and dialogue, combined with a commitment to management excellence that will bring out the best in citizens in local communities.