Minister of Welfare Janis Reirs participated in the opening of a new cross-border labor market integration and employment promotion project August 3.,
The initiative aims to make it easier for Latvians to be employed in Estonia and vice versa and is part of the international INTERREG Estonia-Latvia program.
At an event taking place in the twin cities of Valka-Valga straddling the Latvia-Estonia border, Reirs said:
"Local governments have a great role to play in ensuring cross-border cooperation and the successful implementation of job-promotion projects. The experience of Valka-Valga will form the basis for genuine and evidence-based practice, giving ideas and inspiration to apply an innovative approach to today's labor market."
The project "Promoting Cross-border Labor Market Integration and Employment" is implemented by the State Employment Agency, the Estonian Unemployment Insurance Fund, the Valka County Council and the City Council of Valga.
Within the framework of the project, a study is planned on the business environment of Valka and Valga municipalities, evaluating and analyzing labor market demand and supply, as well as making recommendations for future activities. There are also various employment promotion activities for the unemployed and jobseekers as well as for the already employed and for employers. Labor markets, seminars and information days will be organized in cross-border cooperation style.
The INTERREG Estonia-Latvia program is one of the 60 cross-border cooperation programs operating in the territories of the European Union's internal borders.
You can see a list of Latvia's cross-border projects under the scheme HERE.
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