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“PES and effective employment of older workers"

17.11.2015 to 18.11.2015

One of the challenges facing the PES is to provide effective long-term employment for people aged over 50, including transitions from one employment to another.

The event  focused on exchange of best practices based on evidence of how PES can work effectively with people over the age of 50, made a significant contribution to improving employment.




Tuesday 17 November 2015









Opening of the Seminar: Welcome and practicalities

Moderator: Ivan Neykov

  •     Ivaylo Kalfin, Minister of Labour and Social Policy, Bulgaria


  •           Valentina Georgieva, Acting Executive Director of the Employment Agency, Bulgaria


  •           Annie Gauvin, Director, Vice Presidency Europe, WAPES


  •           Lenka Kint, Executive Secretary, WAPES













 Moderator: Ivan Neykov

 Plenary session I

 "Policies and best practicesfor successful job placement of older  workers – trends, challenges and opportunities”

  • Employment Services offered by the employment Agency to unemployed aged over 50 - Dora Ganeva, Director-General of Employment Services Directorate General, Employment Agency, Republic of Bulgaria


  • Ageing jobseekers in the Netherlands - Corine Peeters, Business Advisor International Affairs, UWV, The Netherlands


  • Public Employment Services and Older Workers – Approaches in the EU - Susanne Kraatz, Seconded National Employment Expert






Coffee Break



Moderator: Ivan Neykov

 Plenary session II


Aspects of employment /unemployment among older workers –   differences and similarities in different regions in the world


Presentations and a moderated panel discussion, questions and answers


  • Older Workers in Canada - Success with Local Strategies - Ramona McDowell, Manager, Employment and Social Development, Canada


  • Japanese Policy on Older Workers - Haruhiro Jono, Deputy Director, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, Japan


  • European Policy for Seniors – Annie Gauvin, Director, Pôle Emploi,  France










Parallel Sessions


14h30 17h00 (including Coffee Break)



Moderator: Anna Delibasheva, Deputy General Director, Bulgarian Employment Service


Best practices – tools and methods - applied by PES to ensure      effective employment of older workers.

  • "Active+": Mediation towards employment of people over 50 in Flanders - Nina Van den Driessche, Policy evaluation, VDAB, Belgium


  • Silver Success – Group Counceling Program for the Aged of Korea -Sang Hyon Lee, Director International Department, KEIS, Korea


  • Best practices – tools and methods applied by RLO to ensure efficient employment for elderly workers - Penka Kirilova, Director of Regional Employment Services Directorate, and Sonya Vasileva Kamenovska – Chief Expert-Psychologist at the Local Labour Office Directorate, City of Rousse, Bulgaria


  • Services for older job seekers – best practices – Marie-Christine Dubroca Cortesi, Regional Director, Clermont Ferrand, Pôle emploi, France






Dinner outside the hotel – departure 18h00



Wednesday 18 November 2015







    Experiences from the ILO, tbd

  • Michael Mwasikakata



"World of Public Employment Services: Challenges, Capacity and  Perspectives for PES in the New World of Work – A PES Typology"


  • WAPES, Miguel Peromingo, Consultant



  • Q&R





Moderator:Elisabet Arp, Arbetsförmedlingen (Swedish PES)



Innovative approaches and practices on cooperation with employers and other stakeholders in order to facilitate- or to retain older workers in employment.


  • Measures for Employment of Older Workers - Petru Blanariu, Deputy Director, National Agency for Employment, Romania


  • Fuller Working LivesThe UK Approach - Sofia Stayte, Work, Welfare & Wellbeing in Later Life TeamDepartment for Work and Pensions, United Kingdom


  •  A Chance to Work -Diana Naydenova - Confederation of Independent Trade Unions of Bulgaria (CITUB)



  • Q&R





Closing remarks

  • Host country Bulgaria


  • Representative from WAPES 





13h00 – 14h30


Study visit to the Bulgarian Employment Agency



Group 1

 Departurefrom the hotel

  •  Visit theLOD (Bulgarian PES)


Group 2 

Departurefrom the hotel

  •  Visit theLOD (Bulgarian PES)






Sofia, Bulgaria