UfM conference: Enhancing Employability Skills through Social Dialogue in the Euro-Mediterranean Region

July 8, 2021
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The Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) held a conference on “Social Dialogue with Social Partners” together with BUSINESSMED, the European Training Foundation (ETF), and the German Development Cooperation, with the support of the European Commission.

The conference focused on enhancing skills for better employability, and follows up the UfM Social Dialogue Forum held on 6-7 October 2020, which reinforced the UfM’s commitment to addressing social development matters collectively, paying particular attention to including social partners of the region such as trade unions and employer organisations.

The EU Joint Communication on a Renewed Partnership with the Southern Neighbourhood” adopted in February 2021 proposes a new, ambitious and innovative Agenda, addressing the governance, socio-economic, climate, environmental and security challenges faced by the Mediterranean region. Under this new Agenda, the EU highlights the key role social partners play as interlocutors, and proposes working together to support systems and recovery strategies that prioritise social dialogue. Moreover, opportunities to upskill and reskill should be an integral part of the recovery.

Driven by the belief that efficient social dialogue can be a powerful instrument to support decisions  and an integral part of solutions, this virtual conference saw discussions and exchanges aimed at providing an opportunity to build on past efforts towards more inclusive social policies and solutions to labour market issues including skills gaps. 

For more information

Press release

Renewed Partnership with the Southern Neighbourhood

Countries covered:

  • Algeria
  • Egypt
  • Israel
  • Jordan
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Morocco
  • Palestine *
  • Syria *
  • Tunisia