Around about 120 participants came together in Riga from 16-17 September 2014 to discuss “Employment for the Future: How should the Baltic Sea Region respond to ageing workforces?”.The experts addressed with their speeches both the macroeconomic and the organisational level. Dr. Jörg Peschner, Seconded National Expert at the European Commission, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, hold a presentation about ageing workforce and its consequences for the European Union member states. He stressed that EU employment growth will turn negative already by 2030 therefore the EU policy shall promote activation policies and measures to accelerate productivity growth (e.g. by tapping unexploited resources such as women, young people, migrants, senior workers etc.). The diverse labour market potentials were also mentioned by Dr. Andrea Hammermann from Cologne Institute for Economic Research: “Labour market of the future is not only ageing and shrinking, it is also getting more diverse. We have to think about a labour market which will be a little bit more female, there will be more migrant workers, and therefore, there will be more heterogeneity in demands which both companies and employees have to think about in order to find flexible solutions”. Prof. Dr. Mirko Sporket, University of Applied Science in Münster (Germany), addressed the organizational level and introduced the concept of “demographic literacy” which shall help companies to gather and evaluate the crucial “demographic information” and to develop actions in order to overcome challenges such as labour shortages. The conference participants shared good practices of employers and trade unions and identified needs for further transnational cooperation. Nine exhibition stands offered information about practical age management experiences. The visitors had the chance to talk to company representatives and partners of the Best Agers Lighthouses project. The scientific and practical findings of the project fed into recommendations for Social Partners and Policy-Makers as well as for Employers. Read the full conference report here and download the presentations and recommendations: www.best-agers-lighthouses.eu
The Baltic Sea Labour Forum (BSLF) concluded its annual Round Table meeting in Helsinki on 1 November. The BSLF Round Table in Helsinki adopted an Action Plan on Cross Border Mobility. The main purpose of the Action Plan is to convey background information and analyses on cross border mobility; to encourage and support practical cooperation activities among the BSLF members; and to present recommendations to the governments of the Baltic Sea Region and the CBSS concerning cross-border mobility. The Finnish Minister for Foreign Affairs Erkki Tuomioja received the Action Plan at the Round Table and welcomed the concrete co-operation plans of the BSLF: “the Baltic Sea Region has economic potential which we have not yet fully taken advantage of. When planning the ways to find new methods we have to take international competition and more globalized markets into account. These can bring entirely new challenges that we have to face. We should address these challenges through close cooperation and agreements between all the Social Partners.” The Round Table meeting highlighted the necessity of timely, accurate and comparable information on labour mobility. This is a basis both for practically useful statistics and for the development of strategies and actions.
The expert presentations are available under downloads.
On 13 September, 2013, the members of the BSLF Enlarged Steering Committee met at the Secretariat of the Council of the Baltic Sea States in Stockholm for an overview of the BSLF activities and upcoming events. The meeting was chaired by Mikko Mäenpäe, President of the Finnish Confederation of Professionals (STTK), Chairman of the BSLF until 2014. Chair Mikko Mäenpäe welcomed the participants of the BSLF Enlarged Steering Committee with a short update on the current activities of the BSLF and a note on the possible engagement of BSLF in the framework of the Baltic Development Forum meeting and the CBSS summit in Turku, June 2014. On the discussion table was also the agenda for the BSLF Round Table meeting in Helsinki on 1 November, 2013, which will be hosted and chaired by Chair Mikko Mäenpää and will be focusing on the two priorities of mobility of labour and youth unemployment.
The Round Table is the annual open main event of the BSLF, involving a wide range of stakeholders from social partners and others. It focuses on one or a few main themes each year which will are defined in a work programme. The Round Table is aiming at raising awareness and visibility of topical issues within the BSLF remit, by adopting a joint resolution for dissemination to social partners and decision-makers. The focuses of the resolution will are also defined by the work programme. This year’s Annual Round Table meeting focused on two main subjects: Youth Employment and Mobility of Labour. Both subjects are of particular importance for the labour market development and consequently for the sustainable economic growth in the Baltic Sea Region.
Read the final resolution agreed in Hamburg:
Invitation and agenda: