CEEP’s project LABOUR INT 2 is currently coming to the end of year one of implementation. CEEP is starting to plan its activities in the field of migration and integration, as well as of gender for the beginning of 2020. Amongst the initiatives, three main items of information are relevant to be shared at this stage.

  1. LABOUR INT 2: 1st Expert Group on Skills and Migration (EGSM): Brussels, 14 February 2020

The first meeting of the Expert Group on Skills and Migration will be held in Brussels on the14 February 2020.The EGSM is an ad hoc working group that will gather twice over the 24 months of implementation of the LABOUR INT 2 project, to identify challenges, policy drivers and working tools to enhance the capacity of project partners to implement concrete actions for skills assessment, informal validation of skills and skills matching for a faster and more effective transition of TCNs to the Labour market. The group will capitalise on work already available at European level, and the work carried out by the first EGSM in LABOUR INT 1, and will focus on:

–   existing innovative practices for vulnerable groups;

–   challenges of TCNs’ skills assessment;

–   policy drivers for validation of skills of TCNs within a multi-layered integration strategy

–   concrete working tools to perform recognition of skills and skills matching adapted to the specific needs of local labour markets

 

  1. ERIAS vademecum questionnaires

In the frame of the ERIAS project, to which the work of LABOUR INT 2 is closely connected, EUROCHAMBRES and CEEP are gathering positive integration examples. To this purpose, together with the project partners, two questionnaires have been developed: one for enterprises (employers) and one for Third Country Nationals (employees). For TCN, stories from people who found a job and from people who started a business are welcome and the questionnaire is structured accordingly.

CEEP would be pleased to integrate positive examples that you identify amongst your target groups in the vade mecum and are at your disposal for any questions you might have.

The deadline for submitting the stories is end of February 2020.

 

  1. EU ministers in charge of gender equality (EPSCO) adopted Council conclusions based on our review of the Beijing Platform for Action (BPfA)

The European Institute for Gender Equality’s (EIGE) findings show that no EU country has yet fully implemented this blueprint for women’s empowerment, with issues such as ageing societies, migration and climate change bringing new challenges for gender equality.

The ageing population of the EU is increasing demand for long-term care, which impacts women most as they do the bulk of unpaid care work at home. Caring responsibilities keep 7.7 million women and about half a million men out of the labour market.

Migration has triggered a response focused on security and border control and significant effort is needed on integration. Around one in two people from a non-EU migrant background are at risk of poverty and social exclusion, and half of migrant women are out of employment.

When it comes to gender equality and climate change, although women are more likely to adopt eco-friendly behaviour, key decision-making positions in the environmental sector are dominated by men: only a fifth of government ministers dealing with environment, climate change, energy and transport are women.

Read more in EIGE’s press release or see the Beijing+25 presentation.

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