Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas at the conference on employment in Milan: Anyone who wants to work must be given a chance to work

09.10.2014 | 07:53

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Milan, 8 October 2014 – Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas said at the employment conference held in Milan that in order to ensure the well-being of the people and economic growth, it is important that anyone who wants to work must be given a chance to do so – it is therefore necessary to undertake specific reforms both at European and national level.   The priorities of the European level for increasing economic growth through employment are clear – these were determined in the course of a strategic work programme of the European Commission in June and these must now be put into practice, Rõivas emphasised.  “At each Member State level, it is important to observe that labour market demand and education would be in balance with each other,” Rõivas said and added that this would also serve as a solution for youth unemployment, which is a major problem in Europe. According to Rõivas, it is vital to accelerate reforms that would help all people, who want to work, to find a suitable job. “Lack of skills and incorrect implementation of skills is a problem for many Member States,” Rõivas concluded.  While speaking about the problems of the Estonian labour market, Rõivas said that one of Estonia’s specific activities in this field is the Work Capacity Reform with an aim to improve the employment conditions of all people with partial capacity to work.  “I admire those people who, despite their health problems, are staying active in social and professional life. I am glad that the number of socially responsible companies, who also provide jobs for people with partial capacity to work, is on the rise in Estonia. These companies have been mostly satisfied with their decision,” Rõivas said and added that the major challenge for Estonia lies in improving the employment conditions of all people with partial capacity to work. “Current situation does not satisfy anyone and therefore, it is important to rapidly move on with the Work Capacity Reform in order to change the system for the better," Rõivas added and emphasised that higher employment means faster-developing economy and greater well-being of the whole society. At the Milan employment conference, the heads of government of Europe are discussing employment problems with one of the major issues being youth unemployment. Youth unemployment in Estonia has been continuously decreased: from 20.9% in 2012 to 18.7% in 2013. Photos from the conference:

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