The Labour Market Committee of the Nordic Council of Ministers falls within the sphere of the Nordic Committee of Senior Officials for Labour (EK-A). The remit of the Labour Market Committee is to strengthen and develop Nordic co-operation in the field of employment policy, labour market policy in general, as well as labour market research. The Committee works with projects that can further the development and modernisation of labour market policy in the Nordic countries, and distributes project funding to areas of current importance with this end in view.
The Nordic Council of Ministers for Labour (MR-A) has worked out a cooperation programme for the period 2018-2021, where the strategical focus areas of formal Nordic cooperation on the labour market area have been laid out. The main focuses are:
- To strengthen the matching between supply and demand of qualified labour as well as to increase participation on the labour market, especially among vulnerable groups.
This includes increasing the participation of vulnerable groups on the labour market, strengthening the agreement between supply and demand of labour, combating unemployment and furthering the development of skills needed on the labour market.
- To strengthen integration, including equal opportunities and mobility on the Nordic labour Market.
This includes furthering the integration of refugees and immigrants on the labour market, furthering non-discrimination on the grounds of sex and ensuring mobility and freedom of movement in the Nordics.
With this as a starting point along with the vision of the Nordic Council of Ministers to make the Nordic the most sustainable and integrated region in 2030, the Labour Market Committee has decided to concentrate its efforts on the following areas in 2020:
All the three themes are better explained in the attached document bellow “Focus areas 2020”.
Mobility among job seekers bringing their benefits with them abroad.
The Committee wishes to focus on analysing the factors that will affect mobility geographically and occupationally among the unemployed in the Nordic countries. Labour can move freely across Nordic borders, but what can we do better to avoid scarcity of labour, which profiles are the most/least mobile and h0w can the Nordic countries ensure a better match between supply and demand of qualified labour?
Analysis of the encounter between employment services and foreign workers.
The Committee wishes to focus on how the national employment services handle foreign workers who have recently arrived or who have just become unemployed. The analysis should expose whether frontline employees and IT systems in the Nordic countries responds to foreign language speakers.
Labour market integration of women who are not participating in integration or establishment programmes.
The Committee wishes to put an emphasis on analyzing the group of women who have the right to participate in integration and establishment programmes, but does not sign up for them.
Applications will be evaluated on basis of the contents of the projects, its understanding of the assignment, its chosen methods, its relevance in relation to the cooperation programme and its utility for the Nordic countries. The qualifications of the research team is also an important evaluation point.
Projects funded by the committee must be politically oriented, which means that the results must be useful as a basis for political decisions. Furthermore, they must entail a Nordic perspective and include at least three Nordic countries. The more Nordic countries included in the project, the better. It will be considered an advantage if the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Åland are included as well. To further ensure the specialist expertise of the project, it will also be considered an advantage if there is participation from several Nordic countries in the project. Lastly, the application must contain a communication plan with a description of how the results of the project will be published as well as how the results can be utilized, presented and mediated.
The Labour Market Committee has around 2 000 000 DKK at its disposal every year. The committee will allocate 1 000 000-1 500 000 DKK for new projects new in 2020. Projects may span several years, but the Labour Market Committee can only guarantee funding for one year at a time.
Project applications will be processed on the committee meeting on the 5th-6th of March 2020. Project applications (Including application, project description and budget form) must be sent to the committee’s secretary on the 19th of February at the latest.
The budget of the committee is determined on a yearly basis and therefore, project funding can only be granted (guaranteed) for one year at a time. Approved projects must spend their allocated funding within tre years.
Further information about the focus of the projects as well as the application form can be found below:
Any questions can be directed to the committee secretary:
Committee secretary of the Labour Market Committee
Kringlan 1, 103 Reykjavik