The labour market – EU and international
Austrian labour market policy is influenced by the concepts and guidelines of the European Union. For example, as part of the EU Austria has to set national targets in order to fulfil the targets of the Europe 2020 growth strategy.
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Every year, the European Commission publishes a report on Employment and Social Developments in Europe.
Alongside an overview of European labour markets, the social situation and current trends, the report also contains details on several special topics. In addition, it highlights the connection between employment policy and social policy.The report is only available in English. Information in German on the different European labour markets can be found on the website of the European Commission.
The Labour Market Division has been working together with Austria's neighbours on all issues of labour market policy for almost two decades now.
In mid-2011 the European Union adopted a Strategy for the Danube Region in which 14 states are participating: Germany (partially), Austria, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, Romania and Bulgaria (EU Member States) as well as Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Moldova and Ukraine (partially).
You can read more about the Danube Region Strategy on the website of the European Commission and at www.peopleandskills-danuberegion.eu.
Project partnerships between Austria and other states
Cross-border cooperation in terms of labour market policy between Austria and its neighbours already has a long tradition. The Expert Academies scheme (EXPAK) has proven its value here as a flexible means of cooperation in a complex cross-border context, as it also facilitates the exchange of knowledge and best-practice projects.
The NetLab project is especially focused on the region of Austria and Hungary.In addition, Austria cooperates with various other European states. Records of this cooperation can be viewed at www.koop-at.eu.