NEW EMPLOYMENT POLICIES IN THE EUROPEAN UNION What Can We Learn from the Best Performing Countries?
17-18 April 2008
International Seminar for Experts in the series 'Great Debates' organised by the Cicero Foundation, Maastricht/Paris
Code GD 2869
Maison Aquitaine 21, rue des Pyramides 75001 PARIS
17-18 Apr 2008
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
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
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
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
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
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
15.50 - 16.40
Prof. Henri STERDYNIAK French Observatory of Economic Conjunctures OFCE Institute of Political Studies IEP / Sciences-Po, Paris