RESTRUCTURING IN EUROPE: 27 NATIONAL SEMINARS
To help spread knowledge concerning restructuring, the European Commission recently launched a new initiative for disseminating the lessons learnt from measures taken in EU member states to anticipate and manage restructuring at the national, regional, and local levels, and in specific economic sectors.
The project will prepare country background papers on restructuring, to be discussed at national seminars in each of the 27 countries in the European Union. The Centre has been chosen to implement the project.
The national seminars will be run in such a way that new insights emerge in a dynamic, participatory and stimulating manner. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss case studies and assimilate the lessons learned, which they may then apply to their own organizations or companies.
The overall objective of the project is to advance the debate on good practice and innovative measures, and to disseminate them together with tools for anticipating, managing and mitigating the negative social and employment impact of restructuring.
The discussions will focus on the effectiveness and usefulness of these measures and tools in the current context of economic downturn. Each national seminar will add to existing knowledge of how to anticipate and manage restructuring
The ILO and the Centre will mobilize their extensive global networks on restructuring issues to produce high-quality seminars and technical reports. They will fully involve the ILO’s tripartite constituents in each country (Ministries of Labour, trade unions and employers’ organizations).
Independent experts, many of whom are part of the International Restructuring Experts Network Europe (IRENE), will prepare the country background papers in both English and their national language, help select case studies, and present their findings at the national seminars.
The project has a Technical Committee of leading restructuring experts from the ILO, the IRENE network and the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions. The Committee will offer technical guidance to the national experts and seminar organizers. Regular consultation with key European social partner organizations is taking place to build on expertise gained from their own initiatives on restructuring.
A web-based portal has been established to facilitate knowledge-sharing between the national experts and the Technical Committee.
The national seminar on Italy will take place at the Centre on 28 and 29 April.