On Apr 27, the workshop within Technical Assistance and Information Exchange instrument of the European Commission on "Working with fragile youth – comparing policy approach and practices in Belgium and Uzbekistan" was held in Tashkent.
The opening speech was delivered by the Head of EU Delegation to Uzbekistan the Ambassador Eduards Stiprays and the First Deputy Minister of Employment and Labour Relations Mr Erkin Mukhitdinov. They highlighted the importance of ongoing reforms in the country including measures on social and economic integration of youth.
In particular, the Ambassador noted: "Now that the country has embarked on a vast reform programme under its new leadership, the European Union wishes to engage more, including on sensitive justice and home affairs. The new government emphasizes the need for practical actions delivered in a short timeframe. The EU tries to support the Uzbek reforms and present itself as a credible partner in this process".
The aim of the workshop was the exchange of best practices and experiences between European Union and Uzbekistan on better integration of fragile youth into the labour market. The outcome of the workshop would be to inform about Uzbekistan's institutional experience in the sphere of youth employment and professional education, to enhance the role and participation of concerned actors at provincial and local level for effective implementation of the national programs of job creation and youth employment, including fragile youth, and to elaborate relevant proposals for the improvement of the organization and legal framework in this area.
The event was attended by representatives of EU Delegation to Uzbekistan, Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations, European Training Foundation (ETF), National Erasmus Office in Uzbekistan and other institutions.
TAIEX is the Technical Assistance and Information Exchange instrument of the European Commission. TAIEX supports public administrations with regard to the approximation, application and enforcement of EU legislation as well as facilitating the sharing of EU best practices. It is largely needs-driven and delivers appropriate tailor-made expertise to address issues at short notice in three ways:
- Workshops: EU Member State experts present specific areas of EU legislation in workshops to a large number of beneficiary officials.
- Expert missions: EU Member States expert(s) are sent to the beneficiary administration to provide in-depth advice on the transposition, implementation or enforcement of a specific part of EU legislation.
- Study visits: a group of three practitioners from a beneficiary administration take part in a study visit to an EU Member State’s administration.