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Influence of Accession of the Visegrad Group Countries to the EU on the Situation in Their Labour Markets

Institute of Economics and Finance, University of Szczecin, 71-101 Szczecin, Poland
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Sustainability 2020, 12(16), 6694; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12166694
Received: 19 July 2020 / Revised: 13 August 2020 / Accepted: 18 August 2020 / Published: 18 August 2020
In 2004, ten new countries, including the Visegrad Group (V4) ones, accessed the European Union. These countries are ex-communist. They are still in the process of transition from a centrally planned to a free-market economy. It is interesting to check how their economies have changed after their accession to the EU. Reducing inequalities in labour markets is one of the aspects of sustainable development. The goal of this research is an assessment of the situation in the labour markets in the V4 countries with respect to the whole EU. The research was carried out on the data from Eurostat (2002–2019) and was conducted by means of the multidimensional scaling technique. Before joining the EU, the situation in the labour market in the V4 countries (excluding Czechia) was much worse than in most EU-member states. After joining the EU, the situation in these countries gradually improved. In 2019, the situation in the labour market in Czechia was one of the best in the EU and the remaining three V4 countries moved into the EU-average. The joining of the V4 countries to the EU had a positive impact on the situation in their labour markets. View Full-Text
Keywords: labour market; Visegrad Group countries; multidimensional scaling labour market; Visegrad Group countries; multidimensional scaling
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Bieszk-Stolorz, B.; Dmytrów, K. Influence of Accession of the Visegrad Group Countries to the EU on the Situation in Their Labour Markets. Sustainability 2020, 12, 6694.

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