First Conference of the LSEE Research Network
SOCIAL IMPACT OF THE ECONOMIC CRISIS IN THE REGION
The conference gathered together experts from Albania, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia, LSEE researchers, and officials from partner organisations including the IFI Coordination Office in Brussels, DG Employment and Social Affairs, DG Enlargement. The conference was organised with the generous support of DG Enlargement and the IFI Coordination Office in Brussels. An edited volume of conference papers will be published by LSEE.
Following this event, a workshop was organized in Belgrade in May 2012. The workshop was entitled Skills and the Labour Market in the Western Balkans and was organized in collaboration with FREN (Foundation for the Advancement of Economics) at the Faculty of Economics in Belgrade, Seria.
The workshop aimed to gather the latest research on imbalances between labour demand and supply in the Western Balkans region with special analysis of skills mismatch. It debated ways to improve labour market outcomes, vocational education and training systems, and skill matching policies in context of the difficult adjustment to the global economic crisis and the need to improve economic competitiveness on the basis of European integration.
As a result of this conference, a book was published by FREN and LSEE in October 2012. The book is titled Labour Market and Skills in the Western Balkans and includes chapters from experts from both South Eastern Europe and the UK.
Members of the research network attended a workshop in Brussels on the social sector organized by the European Commission/IFI Coordination Unit. Dr Nikica Mojsoska-Blazevski from the University American College in Skopje, gave a presentation titled 'Challenges to Successful Employment Policy in the Region: towards more jobs, quality labour force and greater competitiveness'.
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A new book has also been published recently by members of the research network entitled The Social Consequences of the Global Economic Crisis in South East Europe, edited by Drs Will Bartlett and Milica Uvalić.