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LABOUR MARKET REFORM IN THE EUROPEAN UNION
What Can We Learn from Other Member States?

PARIS

05-06 March 2009

International Seminar for Experts in the series 'Great Debates' organised by the Cicero Foundation, Maastricht/Paris
Code GD 2974

PROGRAMME


Venue:
Date: 05-06 Mar 2009
Language:


Thursday, 5 March 2009


00.00



09.00 - 09.30

Arrival of the Participants and Registration

09.30 - 09.40

Welcome and Introduction by the Chairpersons

09.40 - 10.30

Mr. GIDO TEN DOLLE
EU Coordinator Randstad Provinces of the Netherlands
Brussels Bureau


Labour Market Reform in the Netherlands:
A New and Active Approach by Dutch Authorities in
the RANDSTAD Metropolis
(Amsterdam-Rotterdam-The Hague - Utrecht)


10.30 - 10.50

Break

10.50 - 11.40

Ms. JANET HILL
Department for Work and Pensions, London
Deputy Director Skills Division


Active Labour Market Policies in the United Kingdom -
What Role for Improving Skills?


11.40 - 12.30

Mr. RAYMOND TORRES
International Labour Organization ILO, Geneva
Director, International Institute for Labour Studies IILS


The ILO World of Work Report 2008:
What Lessons for Labour Market Policies?


12.30 - 13.30

Lunch

14.30 - 15.30

WORKSHOPS

Workshop I:
A Comparison of the Different National Approaches


* Reducing the Impact of the Economic and Financial Crisis
by a Pro-Active Labour Market Approach
* Strengths and Weaknesses of the British Model
* Successful Countries During the Crisis:
Denmark, Austria, and the Netherlands - What is their Secret?
* Employment Strategies in France and Germany:
An Assessment of Recent Reforms
* Employment Policies in the New EU Member States
* How Can National Employment Rates Be Improved?


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

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



15.30 - 15.50

Break

15.50 - 16.40

Prof. CECILE VAN DE VELDE
EHESS, Paris
Member of the Centre of Strategic Analysis of the French Prime Minister


School- to-Work Transitions in Europe: A Comparison

16.40 - 17.30

Mr. MIKKEL LOTZ FELTER
Danish Embassy, Paris
First Secretary


What Elements of the Danish Flexicurity System Can Be
Copied by Other EU Member States?



Friday, 6 March 2009


09.30 - 10.40

Prof. LAURENCE COUTROT
Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris
Employment Expert


Employability and Mobility Chances
of Low Qualified Employees


10.20 - 10.50

Break

10.50 - 11.40

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


Opening Up the Labour Market to Disabled People -
What Has to Be Done?


11.40 - 12.30

Mr. JOS BERENDS
Director MAATWERK
Maatwerk is a private Dutch Firm that seeks jobs for the long-term unemployed


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


12.30 - 13.30

Lunch

14.30 - 15.30

WORKSHOPS

Workshop III:
Different Thematic Approaches


* How to Tackle Labour Market Inflexibilities?
* Job Creation by Stimulating Part-Time Work?
* Lifelong Learning: How Should it Be Organized?
* Keeping Older Workers in the Labour Market: How?
* The Impact of EU Enlargement on Employment in the Old
and New Member States
* Employment Policy: Towards a Life Cycle Approach?
* The Impact of Legal and Illegal Immigration on the Labour Market
* Relocation of Work to Cheap Labour Countries: How to React?



15.30 - 15.50

Break

15.50 - 16.40

Mr. STEFANO SCARPETTA
Ms. ANNE SAINT-MARTIN

OECD, Paris
Head, Employment Analysis and Policy Division


Labour Market Discrimination on the Grounds of Ethnicity
and Gender: How Should it Be Tackled?


16.40 - 17.00

Conclusions and Evaluation

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