BUDAPEST (ILO News) - Hungary, with the support of the upcoming Luxembourg Presidency of the EU and the International Labour Organization (ILO), is to host a major international conference here in 2005 to address the growing impact of globalization on jobs, migration, and employment security in Europe and Central Asia.
Mr. Gábor Csizmár, Hungarian Minister of Employment and Labour and Mr. Friedrich Buttler, Director of the ILO Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia signed an agreement dealing with the Organization's VIIth Regional Conference to be held here on 14-18 February 2005.
The Conference will be the first since the recent enlargement of the EU to gather government, labour and business leaders from the 25 EU member States and an additional 25 ILO member States from other European and Central Asian countries to seek ways of dealing with growing concerns over joblessness - especially among youth - as well as increasing migration and declining employment security.
The regional conference will be jointly funded by the ILO, Hungary and Luxembourg. In an indication of the significance of the meeting to the EU, Luxembourg, which will hold the EU Presidency for the first half of 2005, has also agreed to place the ILO Regional Conference on the EU's Presidential Agenda during that period.
The conference takes place at a time when ILO member States are grappling with ways to reconcile the challenges of globalization and global competition with the European social model as it affects both EU and other European and Central Asian member States of the ILO.
A major report on the situation in Europe and Central Asia entitled "Managing Transitions: Governance for Decent Work" is to be issued in December and will provide a new analysis of four key areas of concern for the expanded EU, including massive youth unemployment, the need for a better balance between flexibility and security of employment, the relation between labour force participation, the aging population and pension reform, and rapidly growing labour migration.