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NEW EMPLOYMENT POLICIES IN THE EUROPEAN UNION
What Can We Learn from the Best Performing Countries?

PARIS

17-18 April 2008

International Seminar for Experts in the series 'Great Debates' organised by the Cicero Foundation, Maastricht/Paris
Code GD 2869

PROGRAMME


Venue: Maison Aquitaine
21, rue des Pyramides
75001 PARIS
Date: 17-18 Apr 2008
Language:


Thursday, 17 April 2008


09.30 - 09.40

Mr. Marcel H. VAN HERPEN and Mr. Albert ELSHOUT
Chairmen

Welcome and Introduction

09.40 - 10.30

Mr. Eckhard WURZEL
OECD, Paris
Economics Department


Structural Reforms and Employment:
Some Evidence from OECD Countries


10.30 - 10.50

Break

10.50 - 11.40

Ms. Michelle DE CORT
Department for Work and Pensions
London
Economy and Labour Market Policy Division


Active Labour Market Policies in the UK -
What Lessons Can Other Countries Learn
from the British Experience?


11.40 - 12.30

Mr. Guido VANDERSEYPEN
Deputy Head of Unit, Employment Strategy
DG Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities
European Commssion, Brussels


The Fight Against Undeclared Work:
A New Challenge for an Enlarged Europe?


12.30 - 13.30

Lunch

14.30 - 16.00

WORKSHOPS

Workshop I:
A Comparison of the Different National Approaches


* Strength and Weaknesses of the British New Deal
* Other Successful Countries: Denmark, Ireland, Austria, and the Netherlands
* New Employment Strategies in France and Germany
* New Employment Policies in the New Member States
* How Can National Employment Rates Be Improved?


Workshop II
Labour Market Policy: What Role for the EU?

* The European Employment Strategy (EES) and the National Employment Action Plans: An Assessment
* From Managing Unemployment to Employment Growth
* What Role for Trade Unions and Employers Organizations?
* Implementing the Lisbon Agenda:
Towards a Knowledge-Based Job Growth?



16.00 - 16.20

Break

16.20 - 17.10

Mr. Mikkel LOTZ FELTER
Danish Embassy, Paris
First Secretary


Is Danish FLEXICURITY a Viable Model for Other EU Member States?


Friday, 18 April 2008


09.30 - 10.20

Mr. Dominique DAVERSIN
ADIE, Paris
(ADIE is the largest French Micro-Finance Organization)


Offering Perspectives to the Unemployed by Boosting
Entrepreneurship: The Role of Micro-Finance


10.20 - 10.40

Break

10.40 - 11.30

Mr. François ATGER
Territorial Director AGEFIPH
French National Employment Agency for Disabled People


Opening Up the Labour Market to Disabled People -
The French Experience


11.30 - 12.20

Mr. David BAILEY
Director General A4e France
(A4e is a private firm, established i.a. in the UK, France,
Germany, Poland, and Israel, that seeks jobs for long-term
unemployed, including former prison inmates)


Bringing the Long-Term Unemployed back into the
Regular Labour Market: The Activities of A4e


12.30 - 13.30

Lunch

14.30 - 15.30

WORKSHOPS

Workshop III:
Different Thematic Approaches


* How to Stimulate Micro-Enterprises?
* How to Tackle Labour Market Inflexibilities?
* Bringing Disabled People Back into the Workforce
* Keeping Older Workers Longer in the Labour Market
* The Role of Lifelong Learning
* Job Creation by Stimulating Part-Time Work?
* EU Enlargement: Its Impact on Employment
in the Old and New Member States
* Does High Social Protection Lead to High Unemployment?
* Employment Policy:
Towards a Life Cycle Approach?
* The Effect of Regular and Irregular Migration
on the Labour Market
* Relocation of Labour to Emerging Countries:
How to React?



15.30 - 15.50

Break

15.50 - 16.40

Prof. Henri STERDYNIAK
French Observatory of Economic Conjunctures OFCE
Institute of Political Studies IEP / Sciences-Po, Paris


Creating Low Skilled Jobs:
The French Experience


16.40 - 17.00

Conclusions and Evaluation

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