The transformation of working society in North-Eastern Europe

The conference will address one of the most pressing topics of our time: the transformation of the labour society. From a unique North-East European perspective these key questions will be discussed: How do the states of the Baltic Sea Region react to challenges as the erosion of demographic structures or the emergence of learning and knowledge-based societies? How do they attempt to shape the social dialogue and harmonise new forms of employment into existing social security systems?

In addition to support received from the Nordic Council of Ministers, the conference is being co-sponsored by the German trade union foundation Otto-Brenner-Stiftung and the Baltic Sea School Berlin. Funding is also being provided by the European Academy Berlin, which will be hosting the event at its splendid villa in Berlin Grunewald.


Sunday, 8th December 2002:

9:30 Opening

Claudia-Yvette Matthes Germany, FOR:N
Thomas Alslev Christensen Denmark, Nordic Council of Ministers

9:45 Introduction

„Labour and society in the Baltic Sea Region“
Franz Thönnes, Germany MP, vice chairman of the SPD

10:30 First meeting of three parallel workshops

„Labour and education“ Chair: Tom Schumacher, Germany, FOR:N
„Labour and social dialogue“ Chair: Claudia-Yvette Matthes, Germany, FOR:N
„Labour and social security“ Chair: Carsten Schymik, Germany, FOR:N

12:00 Lunch

14:00 Second Workshop Meeting – Thematic presentations

„Labour and Education“

Ingmunn Eidskrem, Norway Norwegian Institute for Adult Learning (VOX)
Christoph Anz, Germany Confederation of German Employers´ Associations (BDA)
Borisas Melnikas, Lithuania Vilnius Technical University

„Labour and social dialogue“

Tadeusz Sulkowski, Poland Polish Confederation of Private Employers (PKPP) (to be confirmed)
Herman Knudsen, Denmark Aalborg University
Wolfgang Schröder, Germany Metal workers trade union (IG Metall)

„Labour and social security“

Anu Toots, Estonia Tallinn Pedagogical University
Lisbeth Pedersen, Denmark Danish National Institute of Social Research (SFI)
Berndt Keller, Germany University of Konstanz

15:30 Coffee Break

Third workshop meeting – Identification of best practice examples

18:30 Dinner

Monday, 9th December 2002:

9:00 Plenary session – Presentation of workshop findings

Jyrki Hakapää, Finland University of Helsinki
Ainars Dimants, Latvia Freelance Journalist
Mai-Brith Schartau, Sweden Södertörn University College

10:30 Coffee Break

11:00 Concluding Discussion

„Labour market policies in the Baltic Sea Region: a role-model for Europe?“

12:30 Lunch and end of conference