Regional observatories have launched their European integration
Some 360 regional observatories of employment and training operating across Europe have just met formally for the first time in Marseille on October 6th and 7th.
Coming from eleven countries, from Spain to Russia, a hundred participants were able to make new contacts and share their knowledge related to decision support in the field of employment policies and training. This conference has revealed major differences in terms of methods from one area to another, which made comparisons between regions, let alone between countries, very risky. Thus, it has laid the groundwork for a major project to build shared analytical tools and indicators.
In this perspective of European harmonization of regional observatories, the European network for Regional labour market monitoring (RLMM), founded in 2006 to exchange across Europe on the monitoring of regional labour markets, may apply for research and study projects "new skills for new jobs" that Brussels will launch shortly as part of Europe 2020.