Fabian Demicoli

ILO Conference and ESF Committee meeting-two important appointments

 GRTU President Paul Abela has this month participated in two important EU level appointments. Mr Abela is the Maltese employers` member of the ESF Committee while the ILO Convention in Geneva was the first ever participation of GRTU in such an important and high level event.


101st ILO annual conference

The ILO is the international organization responsible for drawing up and overseeing international labour standards. It is the only 'tripartite' United Nations agency that brings together representatives of governments, employers and workers to jointly shape policies and programmes promoting Decent Work for all. This unique arrangement gives the ILO an edge in incorporating 'real world' knowledge about employment and work.

Almost 5000 delegates from the ILO's 185 Member States are meeting at the 101st session of the International Labour Conference. Each Member State of the ILO is represented by a delegation consisting of two government delegates, an employer delegate, a workers' delegate and their respective advisers.

ESF Committee meeting

The European Social Fund (ESF) is one of the EU's Structural Funds, set up to reduce differences in prosperity and living standards across EU Member States and regions, and therefore promoting economic and social cohesion. The ESF is devoted to promoting employment in the EU. It helps Member States make Europe's workforce and companies better equipped to face new, global challenges. In short:

Funding is spread across the Member States and regions, in particular those where economic development is less advanced.

It is a key element of the EU's 2020 strategy for Growth and Jobs targeted at improving the lives of EU citizens by giving them better skills and better job prospects.

Over the period 2007-2013 some €75 billion will be distributed to the EU Member States and regions to achieve its goals.

Amongst the topics discussed were the Lifelong Learning Programme, Apprenticeships and youth employment and entrepreneurship.

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