The Learning Exchange on ‘Effects of Foreign Investment on Employment’ took place on 23 May in Ankara (Turkey).
The Learning Exchange took place on 7 November 2013 in Vienna. It was organised as a follow up to the German Peer Review of 24-25 September 2012 and brought together representatives from Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Latvia and Spain.
The Estonian Tax and Custom Board hosted a Learning Exchange that brought together ministry officials and representatives of labour inspectorates from Estonia, Czech Republic and Lithuania.
The Learning Exchange that took place on 20 September 2013 in Riga was organised as a follow up to a previous learning exchange that took place in Athens in October 2012, where Latvia and Greece both expressed an interest in discussing their training voucher systems in more detail.
A Learning Exchange was held in Berlin on 5-6 September 2013. It was attended by a variety of stakeholders connected to or interested in the German dual system, from the following countries: Germany, Ireland, Italy, Spain and Portugal. The attending countries are all in the process of developing or enhancing dual training systems.
Spain experiences serious challenges in relation to youth unemployment. A possible way of solving this is through the implementation of a dual training system, best known from Germany. The German training system has fed into relatively high youth employment rates, even in the current economic climate.
The need for further evaluation of labour market policies was demonstrated at two peer reviews in London (September 2011) and in Brussels (November 2012), The UK and Belgium have demonstrated particularly good results with evaluation and research.
The situation in Greece and Latvia has demonstrated that increasing unemployment results in serious challenges for unemployed people – especially those who do not receive unemployment benefits, and who are unlikely to enter the labour market. Therefore, both countries have introduced public works programmes in order to provide these people with a safety net.
On 4-5 October 2012, a peer review in Prague (Czech Republic) took place on the topic of tackling undeclared work. This refers to when businesses pay workers cash off the record, either in addition to workers’ taxed salary or social benefits. This kind of work has been increasing during the economic crisis.
The concept of ‘Visitas’ (or the ‘visitation process’) originated in the Netherlands, but has been used in Norway since 2010. Using mutual learning, it aims to improve management within Norwegian municipalities and job centres (run by the NAV). On 21-22 November 2011, a study visit took place to Oslo, in order to explore the newly implemented concept.