Seminar on European Union (EU) experience

The seminar “Models and approaches to coordinating the implementation and revision of employment policies in EU countries” focused on the main pillars of the European Employment Strategy and more broadly on different concepts and instruments of employment policy coordination at EU level and recent developments as well as went into detail on several important aspects including forecasting and financing for regional development.

The discussions in the seminar highlighted the importance of cooperation between different Ministries particularly between the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection (MoLSP) and Ministry of Education, Culture, Science and Sports (MoECSS) to achieve better labour market outcomes of different employment policies. It was stressed that such coordinating body would need to be led by a political figure and organized by the MoLSP and to be driven by specific outcomes that need to be achieved or by challenges that need to be tackled jointly by different actors.

Labour market forecasting including skills forecasting was at the centre of the discussion highlighting the need for improving the forecasting methods used for example with an econometric model.

The different forms and approaches of social partner involvement in employment promotion programmes in the EU Member States were presented, and it was stressed that the social dialogue needs to be representative and that there is no one best model. However, there needs to be some genuine consultation of workers and employers side on different policy fields to ensure better informed policy decisions.

On the financing side of active labour market policies, different approaches were presented however stressing the need for predictable and counter-cyclical funding so that there is more financing available for those programmes when unemployment levels are higher.