Copenhagen-Malmö: a bridge for employment, Denmark & Sweden
Denmark and Sweden are connected by the bridge over the Öresund (the Öre Strait), which is used on a daily basis by thousands of people. Many of these are workers who commute between the two countries.
The aim of the project is to establish the Academie voor Beheer
en Veiligheid (Academy for Supervision and Security) which offers
training to former ID workers and the unemployed. This offers them
better prospects of a permanent job in the supervision and security
sector in the future. The project responds to the anticipated
demand for security guards and wardens in order to ensure that
businesses can operate safely in the area.
The area of Öresund (3.5 million inhabitants) forms a vast
cross-border labour pool with considerable potential for
development but was confronted with a problem of underemployment.
The project was set up to stimulate the job market in the area
of Öresund and encourage cross-border cooperation between the
Danish island of Sjaetland and the Swedish region of Scania.
The challenge was to integrate the labour markets so that the two border areas, which until then had evolved separately, could develop together and take advantage of their respective assets. This would benefit local businesses, increase the trade of goods and services and give the inhabitants more training and job opportunities.
The Öresund Committee, which represents all those engaged in
cross-border cooperation, entrusted the project's management
with AF-Storkǿbenhavn (public employment services of Greater
Copenhagen), and a joint administrative structure was created in
1996. Other cooperation bodies which play a key role in the project
are the Öresund Labour Market Council (ÖAR), consisting of the
public employment services of the different parts of the
cross-border area, and the four Öresund Employment Centres set up
in Copenhagen, Malmö, Helsingborg and Helsingǿr to coordinate the
services for job seekers and employers throughout the area.
The implementation of the project has been overwhelmingly
successful, and the partners now have an effective system and model
for the coordination of labour markets on the basis of agreements
between two countries, seven regions and over 20 organisations.
This vast mechanism has made it possible to develop a whole range
of skills, tools and methods to tackle head-on the problem of
employment and vocational training.
Inhabitants of both countries.
Total costs were 444 253 euros, of which the EU contributed 363
The project was part of the INTERREG II Programme of the EU.
Öresund Komiteen - Interreg-sekretariatet
Phone: + 46 33 22 00 11
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