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Factsheet for measure CZ-2011-6/2601 – measures in Czechia
, applies regionally
|Time period||Open ended, started on 01 February 2011|
|Context||Digital Transformation, Restructuring Support Instruments|
|Type||Other initiatives or policies|
Ensuring business continuity and support for essential services
– Smoothing frictions or reallocation of workers
|Author||Aleš Kroupa (Research Institute for Labour and Social Affairs)|
|Measure added||23 June 2022 (updated 10 November 2022)|
The Moravian-Silesian Employment Pact MSEP operates in three main policy areas: economic development; employment; and social inclusion based on employment opportunities.
On 1 February 2019, instead of the current MSEP, an independent registered association of the same name was established by the following entities: the Moravian-Silesian region, the Statutory City of Ostrava, the Union for the Development of the Moravian-Silesian region, the regional Chamber of Commerce of the Moravian-Silesian region , the Confederation of Industry of the Czech Republic . The members of the Union for the Development of the Moravian-Silesian region (122 in 2020) are from both the private and public sector, such as businesses, municipalities, schools, universities, training and development agencies, clusters, and others.
The Moravian-Silesian Employment Pact (MSEP) is a strategic partnership of relevant actors in the Moravian-Silesian region. The main aim of this strategic partnership is to reverse the long-lasting unfavourable labour market situation in the region and provide a systemic solution to labour market failures. The entities associated with MSEP deal with various projects financed mainly from European funds, they expect to help improve the situation in the labour market. There are mainly projects aimed at creating a tool to anticipate changes in the labour market or projects helping to adapt labour market institutions to the changes resulting from the 4th Industrial Revolution. Other projects are aimed at supporting long-term or repeatedly unemployed people over the age of 50, who are among the most disadvantaged in the labour market. To achieve this, the MSEP coordinates activities of the key regional stakeholders focusing on the development and implementation of an Integrated Programme for Employment (IPE), which is the major programming document of the MSEP and includes 10 integrated projects:
The above projects are clustered under five priority areas, namely:
All integrated projects which address key challenges in the regional labour market and represent the core activities of the MSEP have been endorsed by regional actors. As of July 2020, 20 projects launched by the MSEP are operational.
The Union for the Development of the Moravian-Silesian region continues to be responsible for the implementation of the MSEP.
Since 2011, the MSEP has proven to be a very effective platform for structured communication among key regional stakeholders leading to consensual strategic priorities in the area of employment, economic development and social inclusion. It has enabled to translate the priorities into coherent and integrated regional development programmes and it has become a respected vehicle for communication with the relevant ministries and institutions at national level.
Since its first establishment in February 2011, the MSEP has become a respected leader in Czechia, transferring know-how to other regions. It has served as a model for other regions in the country. Via international exchange of know-how, the MSEP intends to help key regional actors to familiarise with relevant good practices to achieve higher level of employment. As of July 2020, employment pacts were established in all 13 regions except the capital region of Prague. Transfer of know-how by MSEP takes place mainly in joint meetings with representatives of regions.
Among the key strengths of the MSEP, it is worth mentioning the strategic approach through the integration of the MSEP strategy and action plans into an Integrated Programme for Employment and a much broader programme for the development of the Moravian-Silesian region. Another key strength is the partnership approach, resulting in enhanced cooperation and coordination (with about 80 experts participating in working groups of the MSEP).
|Applies to all workers||Applies to all businesses||Does not apply to citizens|
Local / regional government
Public employment service
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Role||Agreed (outcome) incl. social partner initiative||Agreed (outcome) incl. social partner initiative|
|Form||Any other form of consultation, institutionalised (as stable working groups or committees) or informal||Any other form of consultation, institutionalised (as stable working groups or committees) or informal|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
The regional Chamber of Commerce of the Moravian-Silesian region, the Confederation of Industry of Czechia and the regional Council of the Trade Unions ČMKOS are signatories of the MSEP partnership agreement (2015-2023) and participating partners in the MSEP activities.
Eurofound (2022), The Moravian-Silesian Employment Pact (MSEP), measure CZ-2011-6/2601 (measures in Czechia), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/CZ-2011-6_2601.html
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