Why this seminar now?
Globalised competition, the economic boom in Asian countries and world-wide immigration have fuelled fears of general social insecurity. The EU institutions and national governments are looking for ways of stimulating people to work and thus finance social security systems for an ageing population. In the European Commission's Annual Progress Report on the Lisbon Strategy, President Barroso stated, on 25 January 2006, that "there has been a wind of change moving through the corridors of Brussels". However, the progress of national policies generating more economic growth and jobs has been "uneven". The Lisbon targets must now be put into practice and social security systems have to be reshaped so as to keep European welfare states sustainable a top priority for both the Austrian and Finnish EU Presidencies.
- Civil servants from the EU Member States and countries surrounding the EU;
- Employers and employees representatives and human resources managers;
- Decision makers working in the social security and labour market sectors.