Managing Labor Market Structural Reforms

Feb 20 – 22, 2024 CEF, Ljubljana, Slovenia No Fee

About this learning event

In the dynamic landscape of the Western Balkans and Türkiye, labor market reforms persistently hold a top spot on reform agendas. Dive into the nuances of Economic Reform Programmes (ERPs) for EU candidates and potential candidates, where labor market reforms stand out as a pivotal priority.

By joining this workshop, you will:

  • Strengthen your expertise: This workshop is designed to strengthen your knowledge and capabilities in preparing structural reforms for the upcoming ERP, with a keen focus on labor market dynamics.
  • Strategic insights: Learn the art of designing and sequencing labor market reforms strategically, ensuring their significant contribution to overcoming obstacles to competitiveness, fostering inclusive growth, and sustaining fiscal health.
  • Holistic approach: Explore the interconnectedness of labor market reforms with other vital areas such as education, unraveling the comprehensive impact on economic vitality.
  • Real-world applications: Delve into real-life examples of labor market structural reforms outlined in diverse ERPs, providing a valuable framework to reflect on and explore implementation options.
  • Hands-on learning: Engage in practical exercises to master the art of cost estimation, budgeting for structural reforms, and defining key performance indicators (KPIs) for effective monitoring.

Who should attend

This event is designed for the officials from the Western Balkans and Türkiye participating in the preparation of structural reforms in the labor market and education areas outlined in the ERPs. These include:

  • Members of the ERP preparation working group involved in the preparation of structural reforms in areas of labor market and education
  • Officials working in policy, finance, and IPA departments of line ministries and other agencies with a mandate in labor market and education policies
  • Officials from ministries of finance managing labor market and education sectors’ budgets
  • Policy planning experts from the Government’s policy coordination body and/or the Prime Minister’s office
  • ERP Coordinator, Coordinator for the ERP Chapter 5, and their Teams.


  • Tijana Stanković, CEF Expert, Expert for Economic Policy and Public Finances, Montenegro
  • Silvana Mojsovska, CEF Expert, Professor at the Institute of Economics, North Macedonia
  • Igor Feketija, State Secretary, Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, Slovenia
  • Gonzalo Caprirolo, Head of Analysis and Development Unit, Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, Slovenia
  • Irena Bačelić and Dario Baron, Ministry of Labour and Pension System, Croatia
  • Iulita Osichenko, Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission


This event is delivered as part of the EU-funded multi-beneficiary project “Structural Reforms Better Integrated Within Fiscal Frameworks” (FISR2) implemented by the CEF.

Funded by the European Union