Past Event

Active labour market policies, what works?

How are Europe's labour markets performing, and what policies can best help them function?

Date: April 27, 2016, 3:00 pm Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance

In the framework of our 10th anniversary celebrations, Bruegel is 10th-anniversary
organising a series of events in the capitals of our member states. These debates, talks and conferences will bring crucial European topics to audiences across the continent.

The goal of active labour market policies is to increase employment opportunities for job seekers and improve the matching between available jobs and qualified workers. Given the current labour market situation in the EU, these policies appear to be essential today. We have witnessed a significant increase in the unemployment rate of many EU states since the beginning of the crisis, in particular a rise in long-term unemployment and youth unemployment.

This workshop took stock of the current labour situation in the EU and assessed the effectiveness of various active labour market policies in helping enable smooth and fast job transitions. Which policies could best reduce unemployment in European countries?

Event Materials

Presentation | Alfonso Arpaia
Presentation | Dan Finn
Presentation | Regina Konle-Seidl
Presentation | Godwin Mifsud
Presentation | Paul Swaim

Schedule

Apr 27, 2016

14.45 - 15.00

Registration

15.00 - 15.20

Keynote Speech

Edward Scicluna, Minister for Finance, Malta

15.20 - 16.30

Labour market performances across the EU

Chair: Grégory Claeys, Senior Fellow

Alfonso Arpaia, Deputy Head of Unit, European Commission - DG Employment and Social Affairs

Godwin Mifsud, Director General of Economic Policy Department, Ministry for Finance of Malta

16.30 - 18.00

Active labour market policies

Chair: Alfred Mifsud, Deputy Governor, Central Bank of Malta

Clyde Caruana, Chairman, Employment and Training Corporation of Malta

Dan Finn, Professor of Social Inclusion, University of Portsmouth

Regina Konle-Seidl, Senior Researcher, Institute for Employment Research (IAB)

Paul Swaim, Senior Economist at EAP Division, OECD

Speakers

Alfonso Arpaia

Deputy Head of Unit, European Commission - DG Employment and Social Affairs

Clyde Caruana

Chairman, Employment and Training Corporation of Malta

Grégory Claeys

Senior Fellow

Dan Finn

Professor of Social Inclusion, University of Portsmouth

Regina Konle-Seidl

Senior Researcher, Institute for Employment Research (IAB)

Alfred Mifsud

Deputy Governor, Central Bank of Malta

Godwin Mifsud

Director General of Economic Policy Department, Ministry for Finance of Malta

Edward Scicluna

Minister for Finance, Malta

Paul Swaim

Senior Economist at EAP Division, OECD

Location & Contact

Mediterranean Conference Centre Triq l-Isptar, Valletta, Malta

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