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LABOUR MARKET REFORM IN THE EUROPEAN UNION
Learning from the Best Practices

PARIS

23-24 February 2006

International Seminar for Experts in the series 'Great Debates' organised by the Cicero Foundation, Maastricht/Paris
Code GD 2657

PROGRAMME


Venue: Maison de l'Amérique Latine
217, boulevard Saint-Germain
75007 PARIS
Date: 23-24 Feb 2006
Language: English


Thursday, 23 February 2006


09.00 - 09.30

Arrival of participants

09.30 - 09.40

Welcome and introduction by the Chairmen
Prof. Frank McDONALD, University of Hull
Mr. Marcel H. VAN HERPEN, Director Cicero Foundation



09.40 - 10.30

Professor Frank McDONALD
University of Hull Professor of International Business Director of the Centre for Regional and International Business in Hull University Business School

“Stimulating Growth and Employment in the EU: What is the Relevance of the Lisbon Agenda in a Globalising World?”

10.30 - 11.50

Break

10.50 - 11.40

Ms Frances HOOPER
Labour and Social Affairs Attaché
British Embassy, Paris


“Active Labour Market Policies in the UK – What Lessons Can Be Learned from the British Experience?”

11.40 - 12.30

Mr. Paul VAN LEEUWE
Scientific Council for Government Policy of the Netherlands
The Hague


“Keeping Older Workers in the Labour Force – An Assessment of Recent Policies in the Netherlands”

12.30 - 14.30

Lunch

14.30 - 16.20

WORKSHOPS
Workshop I:
A Comparison of the Different National Approaches
* Strengths and Weaknesses of the British ‘New Deal’
* Other Successful Countries: Denmark, Ireland, Austria, and the Netherlands
* Employment Strategies in France and Germany: An Assessment
* 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 (EES) 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?



16.20 - 16.40

Break

16.40 - 17.30

Mr. Thomas Qvortrup CHRISTENSEN
Confederation of Danish Employers,
Copenhagen


“Combining a High Level of Welfare with Flexibility – Is the Danish Labour Market Approach a Model for Stagnating Eurozone Countries?”

17.30

End of the First Day


Friday, 24 February 2006


09.30 - 10.20

Ms. Cathérine SNYERS
Director Human Resources of ADIE, Paris (ADIE is the largest French Micro-Finance Organisation)

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

10.20 - 10.50

Break

10.50 - 11.40

Mr. Peter H. AUER
International Labour Organization ILO, Geneva
Chief, Employment Analysis and Research
Employment Strategy Department


“The Role of the EU in Combating unemployment: Does the European Employment Strategy Work?”

11.40 - 12.30

Mr. Peter DE ROOIJ
European Training Foundation Turin
Former Director


"The Role of Education and Vocational Training in Reducing Unemployment”

12.30 - 14.30

Lunch

14.30 - 15.30

WORKSHOPS
Workshop III:
Different Thematic Approaches
* How to Stimulate Micro-Enterprises?
* How to Tackle Labour Market Inflexibilities?
* Job Creation by Stimulating Part-Time Work?
* Lifelong Learning
* Keeping Older Workers in the Labour Market: How?
* The Impact of EU Enlargement on Employment in the Old and New Member States
* Does High Social Protection Lead to High Unemployment?
* Employment Policy: Toward 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. Luc THOLONIAT
EU Employment Strategy Unit
DG Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities
European Commission, Brussels


“Employment Policies in the EU against the Background of Enlargement and Globalisation: An Assessment of the European Employment Strategy”

16.40 - 17.00

Conclusions and Evaluation

17.00

End of the Seminar