BSLF Enlarged Steering Committee Meeting & BSLFmobINIT Midterm Evaluation

On 2 June, 2015, the members of the BSLF Enlarged Steering Committee gathered in Helsinki for a discussion on the ongoing and future activities of the BSLF framework. The meeting was opened by Jurek Mieczyslaw from Solidarnosc, Poland, followed by a welcome speech by the host of the meeting, Chairman of the STTK, Finland, Antti Palola. They key topic discussed was mobility of labour in the Baltic Sea Region, with each country representative presenting an overview of current labour issues in each of the member countries. The group also reviewed the BSLF terms of reference and agreed to work further on expanding BSLF membership across the region. Katariina Röbbelen-Voigt presented a status report on the EUSBSR seed-money project BSLFmobINIT. The aim of the project is to develop a BSLF-Flagship Project on Mobility of Labour in the framework of the EUSBSR. The work is currently focused on developing three work packages focusing on cross-border labour market information for employees and companies; prevention of undeclared work and the promotion of fair working conditions in the Baltic Sea Region; and vocational mobility, occupational orientation and school-business cooperation. The three work packages will be combined under a flagship consortium. On 3 June the BSLFmobINIT project group gathered in Helsinki for the projects Midterm Evaluation, carrying on the discussions of the Enlarged Steering Group meeting from the previous day, as well as continuing work on the three thematic work packages of the project. In three workshop groups the partners laid out thematic plans as well as potential funding sources for each work package. The project will continue with a workplan development meeting in Gdansk on 18 November 2015, held back-to-back with the BSLF Annual Round Table.