LABREF is a tool to monitor labour market reforms in the European Union. It provides a comprehensive set of data on the reform process undertaken in Member States during the past decade in different policy fields with a direct impact on labour market performance. It contains valuable information on the number, type and design of reforms, which can easily be compared across countries.
The LABREF database is a joint project managed by the European Commission DG ECFIN and the Economic Policy Committee (EPC) to systematically record factual information on policy measures affecting the labour market institutions and thus likely to have an impact on labour market performance. The aim of the project, started in December 2005, is to support the work carried out in the framework of the EU economic policy coordination process and to improve the understanding of labour market institutions as part of the general economic surveillance of Member States.
The LABREF database is organised around nine broad policy areas:
LABREF covers the 27 EU Member States and the years 2000-2010 (2003-2010 for Bulgaria and Romania). The years 2011, 2012 and 2013 are currently in the process of being updated, including information on reforms in Croatia as of 2012.
When quoting, please include the link to LABREF and the following reference:
"European Commission, Directorate General for Economic and Financial Affairs and Economic Policy Committee LABREF database"
We are pleased to establish links to published and unpublished works that make use of the LABREF database. To avail you of this facility please send your work with the relevant references via the contact mailbox of the Directorate General for Economic and Financial Affairs.