Hosted by Sweden, this High Level Learning Exchange brought together five European ministers responsible for labour market issues, representatives from the European Commission and independent experts.
The Learning Exchange on the use of ICT/e-services to improve employment and social security administration services took place on 3 February 2016 in London, UK, and focused on the digital delivery of employment and social security administration services in the United Kingdom, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain.
This Peer Review presented Universal Credit, a new type of benefit in the UK which was designed to support people who were on a low income or out of work. Universal Credit replaced six existing benefits and aimed to make work pay and effectively incentivise people towards and within work.
The Learning Exchange on ‘Measures to support older workers’ took place on 10 November 2015 and focused on measures and initiatives to encourage labour market participation among people aged 55 years and above in Slovenia, the Netherlands, Norway and the UK. The aim of the Learning Exchange was to foster a discussion on measures to both improve the employability of older workers and to encourage them to remain in the labour market. The Learning Exchange was hosted by the Slovenian Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities and was a follow up to the Expert Workshop on ‘Measures to address labour market segmentation’ which took place on 9 November 2015 also in Slovenia.
This Peer Review provided the opportunity to analyse the new changes made to the dismissal law in the Netherlands in January 2015 which aims to make the dismissal procedure more activating, fairer and simpler.
This Peer Review provided the opportunity to analyse the new system of activation policies in Spain, which reveals the opportunities and challenges of a highly decentralised system of activation policies.
This Peer Review presented the Norwegian labour market schemes and policies which aim to identify, assist or prevent NEETs (young people not in employment, education or training).
The Learning Exchange on ‘Minimum wages in the framework of collective bargaining systems’ took place on 11 September 2015 and involved government representatives from Germany, Italy and Norway as well as representatives from the OECD and the Low Pay Commission in the UK.
Over 30 delegates from different Member States and International bodies attended a two-day Peer Review on ‘Making Work Pay for Mothers’, in Malta on 18-19 May 2015.
Peer Review on Flexicurity, Copenhagen, Denmark, 20-21 November 2014