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27/10/2016 - 28/10/2016

Reinforcing the coordination of the employment and social services in Spain: experiences and new opportunities

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Spanish representatives from each of the regional Public Employment and Social Services, the ESF implementing bodies and from the central administration met in Brussels on 27 and 28 October 2016.

The seminar on "Reinforcing the coordination of the employment and social services: experiences and new opportunities" aimed at:

  • sharing good practices and experiences from several Spanish autonomous regions as well as from across Europe in the coordination between employment and social services,
  • exploring new opportunities based on practical examples.

Plenary sessions were also dedicated to the role of the European Social Fund and to the European Pillar of Social Rights, currently under consultation.

Background

While the economy is improving, Spain is facing major labour market challenges, including:

  • very high structural unemployment,
  • skills gaps and mismatches,
  • rising poverty and inequality among the working age.

Despite important structural reforms conducted in the recent years, major inefficiencies remain in the implementation of active labour market policies, especially as concerns the support to the long-term unemployed. One of the key challenges in Spain is the coordination between employment and social services, as highlighted by the 2016 country-specific recommendations.


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