Norway’s Ministry of Labour hosted on May 24-25 the Peer Review “Extending working life: Tripartite co-operation and the role of the Centre for Senior Policy".
The event held in Oslo brought together ministry officials, social partners and independent experts from 13 countries and from the DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion at the European Commission.
In the framework of the Mutual Learning Programme, the Peer Reviews cover single initiatives relating to selected employment policy practices in line with the priority themes of the European Employment Strategy. Each Peer Review is hosted by a Member State, which presents the selected good practice.
In this occasion, the host country, Norway, presented its Centre for Senior Policy (CSP), an organisation which aims to raise awareness of the importance of addressing demographic change and the critical contribution of older workers in the labour market.
In order to do this, it carries out research, gathers and disseminates good practice, and works directly with employers and employees themselves to develop active ageing strategies in the workplace. CSP builds on a joint recognition of the importance of active ageing by the social partners and government agencies and is run on a tripartite basis.
Labour market participation among older workers (and more generally) in Norway is among the highest in Europe at 69% (EU average was 46% in 2010) and the average age of retirement has, over recent years, increased to 63.5.
The main conclusions of the discussions are:
In-depth information about the Peer Review in Norway can be found here.