EU/Croatia: signature by Damir Polančec, Croatian Vice-Prime Minister and Minister for Economy, Labour and Entrepreneurship, and Vladimír Špidla, of the 'Joint Assessment of Employment Priorities'
End production: 28/05/2008 First transmission: 28/05/2008
As part of Croatia's preparations to join the EU, Vladimír Špidla, Member of the EC in charge of Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, met with Damir Polančec, Croatian Vice-Prime Minister and Minister for Economy, Labour and Entrepreneurship, to agree the main priorities for Croatian employment policy. It was the occasion to sign a 'Joint Assessment of Employment Priorities' (JAP) that examines the main strengths and challenges for the Croatian labour market with a view to preparing accession to the EU. The JAP proposes improving the skills match between supply and demand on the labour market and taking measures to improve the employment rates for women (49.4%), older workers (34.3%) and to tackle youth unemployment (12.3%). It also emphasises the important role of social dialogue and follow-up of the commitments made in the document, which include joint seminars and regular progress reports.
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||Croatian and EU flags (2 shots)
||Damir Polančec, Croatian Vice-Prime Minister and Minister for Economy, Labour and Entrepreneurship, waiting
||Arrival of Vladimír Špidla, Member of the EC in charge of Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities
||Signature of the Joint Assessment Paper on employment priorities by Vladimír Špidla and Damir Polančec (3 shots)
||Vladimír Špidla (in FRENCH) saying that it is a step forward for the integration of Croatia to the EU; as former Prime Minister of a country that is now a Member State, he knows very well that this exercise is very useful to understand the European requests on social policies that have to be adopted
||Damir Polančec (in CROATIAN) saying that their goal is to increment employment and of course to diminish unemployment; and also to take care of vulnerable groups on the labour market; they will also try to increment their administrative capacity to put the employment policy