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FVG and Carinthia to strengthen cooperation in labor market

Rosolen and Kaiser at CSIR meeting on cross-border workers

29 November, 20:02

(ANSA) - WO, 29 NOV - Approximately 300 commuters move between Friuli Venezia Giulia and Carinthia daily, testifying to the dynamics of an expanding cross-border labor market, with numbers growing steadily since 2008. More and more people (over 1,400 as of today as far as FVG is concerned) chose to move to Carinthia, and especially to Villach, permanently, attracted by the opportunities in the mechatronics sector.
    These issues were discussed at the Customs Museum in Coccau (Tarvisio) yesterday in a meeting organized by the CSIR, Interregional Trade Union Council FVG-Carinthia, where CISL, CGIL, UIL, and OGB participate.
    Institutional representatives of the two regions, the governor of Carinthia, Peter Kaiser, and the FVG regional councilor for labor, Alessia Rosolen, and some representatives of the European Union, Lambert Kleimann of the Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, which reports to the European Commission, and Martin Guillermo Ramirez, Secretary General of AEBR, Association of European Border Regions, attended the event.
    "Economic and social cooperation between our neighboring regions, Fvg, Carinthia, and the Republic of Slovenia, is getting better and better, so it is increasingly important to strengthen these exchanges as well, also in the perspective of the Euroregion," said governor Kaiser, opening the meeting. "I think of the different and positive projects carried out together within the EGTC," he added, "but we need to grow more and more in terms of economic exchange, movement of goods, cooperation between chambers of commerce, trade unions, and all social partners." "It is possible to overcome, with the tools that the regions have, the limits imposed by very different national regulations on the issue of territorial welfare, access to services, transportation, but also for paths related to social welfare and facilities on residency," commented Regional Councillor Alessia Rosolen. "It should also be considered and developed," she added, "the path that underlies everything: mutual exchanges and knowledge, starting from early childhood services up to the university, including the world of education.
    A survey on cross-border workers between FVG and Carinthia commissioned by CSIR and conducted by researchers Daniel Spizzo and Erich Kirschner was presented at the meeting. Among the urgent needs reported directly by the workers interviewed, in addition to certainties regarding social security and tax systems, prevails the demand for services related to mobility, finding housing, family and school support, and employment services.
    "It is increasingly necessary to work in close cooperation between FVG and Carinthia, especially to achieve a truly circular labor market, where skills and professionalism can move freely from one country to another and where there are more opportunities for everyone," said concluding CSIR President Maria Teresa Bazzaro pointing out that these are the shared goals between the two neighboring countries, along with the will to set up synergies and collaborations first of all through EURES, the cooperation network in which the public employment services of the EU countries, employers' associations and trade unions participate, but also to think about a cross-border observatory concerning the labor market. (ANSA).

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