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Government to reduce unemployment by «restarting» mobility programme

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUTo improve the country’s preventive measures to combat unemployment and returns from the Employer Persons’ Regional Mobility programme, Latvia’s Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Chamber proposes improving it, because it is the only solution to help raise this programme’s efficiency, reduce unemployment and outflow of the population from the country, says the chairman of the chamber Dīns Cielavs.

8 March 2013 marked the coming into force of Cab. Req. No. 75 Regulations Regarding the Procedures for Organising and Financing of Active Employment Measures and Preventative Measures for Unemployment Reduction and Principles for Selection of Implementers of Measures.

The goal is improving regional mobility of employers, providing financial remuneration to help cover transport and accommodation costs for the first four months after starting work, the chamber reports.

In 2017, a total of 243 employed people were involved in the Regional Mobility programme. Statistical data reports that 63,831 unemployed people and 15,699 vacant jobs were registered with the State Employment Agency on 9 April 2018.

Representatives also explain that procedures are performed by employers within administrative territories of the Republic of Latvia, except for Riga. As part of procedures to assist with regional mobility, the State Employment Agency provides employed people with remuneration of no more than EUR 4,000 – to cover transport costs and compensate housing rent. In the first month the employed person is paid EUR 145. Financial support then declines to EUR 85 a month for the other three months.

«After assessing the programme’s influence on the budget and its effectiveness, we had to conclude that approximately EUR 100,000 was spent on the programme in 2017. Costs included wages of five officials. Unfortunately, we have to conclude that people have been passive with using this programme so far. One of the reasons why effectiveness has not been great so far is that it offers a very short period when financial support is available for a single person,» comments Cielavs.

He also notes: «Seeing how the mobility programme has failed to call back Latvian job seekers from foreign countries, it would be a good idea to extend it to eight months and double its financial support to motivate people to leave their comfort zone and look for jobs in other parts of Latvia, not other countries. In addition, it would be good to apply this programme for seasonal workers to create conditions for people to remain in Latvia after the summer season.»

Chairman of e-Personāls company Valters Riekstiņš believes support for families should be included in this programme: «The mobility programme should include support for family members, because if one of them relocates to another city, their spouse follows with them. This entire programme should be viewed as a whole, because it is also necessary to think about children when their parents relocate to another city – finding a kindergarten, school, etc. This would ensure support for other family members of the intended support recipient – spouse and children. All of these aspects would help ensure that people do not leave the country.»


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