After the initial preparations, the project has moved into the implementation phase and the Thematic Working Groups are set to begin their work at the project kick-off meeting next month.
The three Thematic Working Groups will focus on working conditions/age management, job opportunities for ageing labour force, including entrepreneurship and research, and comprehensive labour market. Their work will be underpinned by the concepts of lifelong learning and upskilling.
Another set of standards that will guide our work in the implementation phase of the project are the principles expressed in the European Pillar for Social Rights (equal opportunities and access to the labour market, fair working conditions and social protection and inclusion) and in the Horizontal Principles of the European Social Fund (preventing any kind of discrimination, ensuring gender equality and sustainable development). To better incorporate them in our work, our kick-off meeting will feature valuable input from experts from European Social Fund and European Commission’s Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion.
The project will also be expanding in this phase, as the Swedish institute has granted a contribution to support the involvement of Russia and Belarus in the project.