Full text: Beschäftigungspolitik (72)

1.6. GlobaJization
According to the prevailing economic view, international economic inte-
gration results in an overall increase in welfare. New markets and fields of
economic cooperation offer prospects for expansion. But the welfare returns
from globalization are not equally distributed among economic groups and
countries.
The biggest conflict between global economic and national political inter-
ests is feit on the labour market. Due to their global thinking, international
companies more and more liberate themselves from their national roots and no
longer base their actions on national and social requirements. Internationally
active companies are guided in their decision for a location ~ apart from infra-
structure and educational standards - by unit labour costs and environmental
requirements of the individual countries.
On the labour market, globalization and technological development result
in a dualization: Unskilled labour suffers particularly from this globalization
process, these jobs are partly lost and the income level decreases compara-
tively. Ski lied labour, however, is generally better off: engineering-intensive
branches support export success and the demand for qualified services rises.
Overall, the increased competitive pressure enforces rationalizations and
relocation of production facilities wh ich result in job losses. The return to the
protectionism of the past, however, does not constitute an alternative, as this
would be counterproductive for export-oriented national economies. To op-
pose these trends and the asymmetries in foreign trade relations, negotiations
on "fair trade" and "market access" including the introduction of environ-
mental and social standards must be advanced. In addition, the application of
the instruments of the EU foreign trade policy (anti dumping, protective meas-
ures) is indispensible.
Politics today are more than ever asked to alleviate the problems of adjust-
ment to international economic integration and take labour market measures in
favour of the losers of the modernization process. The EU law on competition,
present budgetary restraints as weil as practical experience restriet the ap-
proach of solving this problem through state subsidies to transitional protec-
tion and support measures provided for in the WTO.
In the future, the structural change on the labour market will rather be ac-
celerated through globalization and technological change. The affected em-
ployees in the diminishing industrial branches cannot automatically change to
jobs in the expanding economic fields, as these require different skills and are
located in different regions. Increased efforts for further vocational training
both for employed and unemployed as weil as an expansion of the service
sector will be necessary to adequately cope with the rapid structural change.
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1.7. Opening ofthe Eastem Countries
The subject of the opening of the Eastern countries has been discussed by
the Advisory Council in the study "Ostöf'fnung" ("Opening of the Eastern
        

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