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    Low labour force participation and high outward migration

    Lasting transition to a market economy and lingering effects of the 2009 recession have had inevitable repercussions on people’s employment and livelihood in Moldova. While the economy recovers gradually, remittances, indexation of public transfers and moderate increase in wages ignite the growth. The EU Association Agenda urges a more sustainable economic paradigm for Moldova based on investment, production, competitiveness, export-oriented industries and a knowledge-based society. 

    Volatile macroeconomic environment and political instability made a dent in the performance of the labour market. With a low unemployment rate, Moldova continues to struggle with the lowest labour force participation in the region, skills mismatches, large outmigration flows, high inactivity and a great incidence of youth neither in employment nor in education or training. Informality continues to be high, the quality of jobs requires substantive improvement and there is a need for a consistent reform of the occupational safety and health system. The ongoing labour legislation reform is relevant both for EU association aspirations and for advancement of social dialogue. Continue reading