Foundation seminar series 2007 - Session 1: Youth and work - Participants
1st Session 2007: 6 - 8 June 2007, Dublin, Ireland
Raymond-Pierre Bodin Conference Centre,
European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions, Wyattville Road, Loughlinstown, Dublin 18
Aron Aalderink is the president of AA Business Consultants BV and member of the executive committee of Jong Management. Jong Management is an Association of about 1300 active members in the Netherlands. All members are entrepreneurs or managers working in market-oriented enterprises and organisations. Jong Management is divided into local, provincial and/or regional circles. Each circle has an average of 40 members, and all branches of industry and occupational groups are equally represented.
Fátima Aguado Queipo is Secretary of Youth of the Communication and Transport Federation of Comisiones Obreras (CCOO). She is responsible for creating a new infrastructure in her Federation with the active participation of young people in processes such as negotiation, trade union activism, training, communication, (http://sindicalismosigloxxi.blogspot.com), social problems, etc. She graduated in English studies and started studying sociology.
Anastasia Andreou is Human Resources manager of IKEA in Cyprus since April 2006. She is part of the store establishment team for the IKEA store which is planned to open in Cyprus in September 2007. Before joining IKEA, she worked as HR manager in a multinational company based in Cyprus as well as in HR consulting. She has extensive experience of employment legislation and practices in Cyprus. She is a member of the Cyprus Human Resources Association.
Marta Blízková has been working as a junior advisor in International Organisations and EU Affairs with the Confederation of Industry of the Czech Republic (SP) since 2006. She holds degrees in economics and international relations from Prague University.
Michal Boni is an acknowledged independent expert on socio-economic policy issues with particular expertise in the field of active prevention of unemployment and an in-depth insight into Central Eastern Europe countries socio-economic problems. His wide experience - as university lecturer, key member of trade unions, local authorities representative, business advisor, Member of Parliament, Ministry of Labour official and finally, as Polish Minister of Labour and Social Policy - is put to use by numerous domestic and international organisations. He acted as key expert for National and Regional Action Plans, contributed to National Development Plan 2007-2013 and as advisor to the President of the city of Wroclaw (co-ordination of labour market task force affiliated to the President’s office). Polish Confederation of Private Employers
Milan Bušo is an advisor in Economic and Social Policy at the Confederation of Trade Unions of the Slovak Republic. He is part of a team advising the national Economic and Social Council, a member of the monitoring committees for CSF, HR, Equal, NUTS, employment and social inclusion etc. His priority fields are: problems of employment, unemployment, ALMP and corporate social policy, state budgets and public administration budgets. Prior to his current position, he worked as director of the regional Labour Market Office. He holds a degree in economics from the University of Bratislava.
Charlotte Camilleri works in the EU and Legal Affairs department of the Malta Employers' Association. She joined the Association in 2006 after obtaining her Doctorate in Law from the University of Malta. In her final year at university she participated in a six- month Erasmus mobility period at the Università degli Studi di Salerno in Italy. She completed her training in European studies at the University of Malta and at the ‘Il Perugino Institute’ in Citta della Pieve, Perugia, Italy. She also attended European labour law courses organised by the Academy of European Law in Trier, Germany.
Christine Charpail is an economist and statistician at the Directorate General for Employment and Vocational Training (DGEFP) at the French Ministry of employment. She has been recently affected to the Department Synthesis which is in charge of prospective studies, mainly economic and social questions related to labour market issues, employment policies, and vocational training. It is also in charge of international relations for the Directorate. Christine monitors and contributes to the assessment of active labour market policies with an emphasis on those addressed to youth. Before joining the DGEFP, she was with the Directorate of Studies and Statistics (DARES), where she was responsible for the monitoring of the European Employment Strategy. From 2001 to March 2007, she was the French delegate for the indicators group of the Employment Committee.
Socrates Christodoulides is a labour officer and employment counsellor at the Department of Labour, Ministry of Labour and Social Insurance of Cyprus. He previously worked as a business lecturer at the Americanos college in Nicosia. He holds a MBA in executive management from St John’s University, New York.
Valérie Corman is director of the Business and social environment division of the MEDEF since September 2005. Her priorities are to reinforce the relationships between companies and the civil society and in particular to support the links with the education area and the French universities. She will also launch an important study, within the MEDEF, about the management of young people.
Silva Dolmane is coordinator for Foreign Affairs and Training in the Free Trade Union Confederation of Latvia (LBAS). She works in LBAS training centre where she is involved in the implementation of the ESF national project and other international projects. Her responsibilities also include working with young people, more specifically as a coordinator for LBAS Youth Council, promoting youth integration into the labour market and informing young people of their working rights.
Gianni Duvillier has been working as senior policy advisor for the Knowledge Center of Voka – Flanders’ Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Antwerp, Belgium) since 2007. He advises on the broad field of social policy and on labour market issues in particular. Before joining Voka, he worked for the social department of the (federal) Federation of Enterprises in Belgium (FEB-VBO, Brussels).
Josephine Farrugia is a senior executive within the EU Affairs Unit of the Employment and Training Corporation, the Maltese Public Employment Service. She joined the Corporation in 2004 and since then, she has been involved in the planning, implementation and monitoring of European-funded projects, particularly those co-financed by the European Social Fund and European Regional Development Fund. She currently holds a BA Hons degree in international relations and is reading for a Master's degree in international relations.
Audrey Fernand has been working in the Dutch Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment since 2004. As a policy maker at the Labour Market Directorate, she is dealing with policy strategies to combat youth unemployment. Audrey holds a degree in educational science.
Céline Gillier-Amrouche is confederal secretary, responsible for the youth delegation of the CFDT, the largest French trade union. Céline joined the CFDT in 1998, whilst working as a general team member at McDonalds. In 2000, she began work for CNAMTS (the French National Health Service), and at the same time was commissioned by her trade union in the Rhône-Alpes region to develop it. In the federation PSTE CFDT (welfare system, employment, work), Céline was part of the YFM group (young force militante), which dealt particularly with the problems met by young employees of the professional branches of the federation.
Charmaine Grech is in charge of the international department of the General Workers' Union (GWU) in Malta. As a representative of the GWU, her main task is to coordinate the day to day running of the department as well as international events in which GWU is present, European funded projects, and liaising between European and international organisations and the GWU. She also represents the GWU's on the Malta Confederation of Women's Organisations (itself a member of the European Women's Lobby). Charmaine is also involved in training. Charmaine holds a Doctorate in law from the University of Malta and is specialised in gender issues and discrimination.
Florbela Guerra is assessor in the General-Directorate of Studies, Statistic and Planning of the Ministry for Labour and Social Solidarity of Portugal. She is a member of the technical team of the National Action Plan for Employment and the National Action Plan for Inclusion. She works in the areas of employment, labour relationships and collective bargaining.
Andrius Guzavicius is vice-rector for academic relations and associated professor at the University of Technology, Kaunas, Lithuania. He is a member of various bodies including the Science Council of Lithuania, the Cooperation of Business, Science and Studies Commission, the Lithuanian Society of Young Researchers and the Lithuanian Confederation of Industrialists. He holds a Ph.D. in social sciences from Kaunas University of technology, Faculty of Economics and Management.
Sandra Jancauskaite is head of the division Information Analysis and International Relations, in the Department of Youth Affairs of the Ministry of Social Security and Labour of the Republic of Lithuania. Prior to occupying this post, she was responsible for analysing, drafting and implementing legal acts on youth issues, representing Lithuania on youth policy issues in EU institutions and taking part in EU Council and Commission working groups and committees. She was also coordinating the European Community YOUTH program implementation in Lithuania as well as the work of civil servants responsible for youth policy in municipalities. She holds a Master's degree in health psychology from Vytautas Magnus University.
Päivi Kantanen is administrator in the Working Environment Policy unit at the Finnish Ministry of Labour. The Working Enviroment Policy team is responsible for preparing labour legislation, workplace development policies and related international coordination activities. They work in tripartite cooperation with the interest groups of employers and employees. Päivi holds an International Master of Law (LL. M) degree from the University of Helsinki.
Maximilian Kern is an advisor in training and development at the Chemical Industries Association in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. His priority fields are the promotion of professional training and further education including vocational training, and providing platforms for sharing experiences and information relating to personnel issues. Before joining the Employers Association, Maximilian worked as project manager for corporate training in the chemical industry. He holds a Ph.D. in education from Bielefeld University.
Ilona Kiukucane is an advisor on education and employment affairs in Employers' Confederation of Latvia. Her work focuses on the national vocational education system, the development of a national qualification framework, and especially on the involvement of social partners in the quality assurance of vocational education. She is also involved in working groups for developing a lifelong learning strategy for Latvia, employment issues and migration policies.
Hana Látalová is a legal advisor at the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs of the Czech Republic. Since 1985, she has been working at the Centre of Free Time as a consultant for young people with various life and work difficulties (with the exception of health and psychiatric problems) and as the director of a dance theatre group giving a chance of 'drug and alcohol free time' for unemployed young people between 18-35 years of age. She has been listed in the national 'Who’s who' since 2002 for participating in these activities. Hana is a graduate of the Faculty of Law of Masaryk´s University in Brno, Czech Republic.
Dovile Lauciute works in the Municipality of Siauliai, Department of Social Welfare. He has been a member of the Lithuanian Trade Union Confederation (LPSK) for ten years. Since 2006, Dovile is a member of the Board of the Lithuanian Trade Union of State Employees (LVTPS). He is in charge of LVTPS Youth Centre which is linked to the LPSK Youth Centre.
Catarina Morais has been working in the CGTP-IN research department in the areas of labour market and public employment policies since 1996. She represents the CGTP-IN in several national public bodies, including the Tripartite Group for the National Action Plan on Employment, and the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) in the area of the labour market. She holds a degree in economics from the Economy and Management Faculty of Lisbon Technical University.
Ivaylo Rangelov Naydenov works in the Bulgarian Ministry of Labour and Social Policy. He is involved in the drafting of the national employment action plan in the field of development of the human capital and lifelong learning, especially the implementation of programmes and measures aiming for the integration of groups at risk on the labour market. Ivaylo holds a Master's degree in labour economy from the University of National and World Economy, Sofia.
Aļona Nikolajeva has been working as a senior officer in the Labour Market Monitoring unit at the Labour department of the Latvian Ministry of Welfare since 2004. She is dealing particularly with EU Structural Funds in the field of labour market policy. She holds a Master's degree in economics from the University of Latvia.
Eve Päärendson is director of International Relations in the Estonian Employers’ Confederation (ETTK). She has been a member of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) since 2004 and Vice-President of the Employers´ Group of EESC since 2006. She is also a
member of the Governing Board of the European Foundation for the Improvement of Working and Living Conditions (Dublin). Eve holds a Master's degree in European Studies from the University of Tartu.
Christoforos Panagiotou is an organising officer in the Industrial Employees’ Federation of the Cyprus Workers’ Confederation (SEK). His main responsibilities include dealing with organising in the workplace, collective bargaining, and problem resolution for members of the Federation. He is a representative of the Confederation in seminars dealing with the EU, Cyprus legislation, organising in the workplace, equal opportunities in the workplace etc., both in Cyprus and abroad.
Juan Pablo Parra is technical advisor at the General Directorate of Labour of the Spanish Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, where he takes part both in the development of the labour and health and safety legislative projects and in the implementation of the EU directives in Spain. His previous position in the Ministry was as labour and social security inspector in the Canary Islands. Before joining the public service, he worked as junior associate in the commercial law department of a Spanish leading law firm.
Leen Pontzeele is head of the Youth Service of the Confederation of Christian trade-unions (ACV - CSC) at national level. She is involved in projects related to youth and work (youth unemployment, temporary work, etc.) and also works on the issue of school-to-work transition.
Anna Popielska began her professional career at the Regional Labour Office in Cracow, where she currently works as the European Social Fund (ESF) monitoring and evaluation specialist in the Labour Market Strategy unit. She acts as an expert in the projects Evaluation Committee and is a member of the regional team preparing annual estimations of the Malopolska Voivodeship labour market and regional action plan for employment. She holds a degree in economics and international relations from Cracow University of Economics.
Simopekka Koivu is a senior legal advisor with the Confederation of Finnish Industries (EK). His priority fields are: industrial relations, collective bargaining, social dialogue, and industrial action and working time. Prior to his current post, he worked as a legal adviser for the Employers` Association for Transport and Special Services where he dealt with collective bargaining in the railway sector, social dialogue, EU Affairs and court litigation. Simopekka holds a Master of Law degree (LLM).
Dominik Roland is attaché at the Federal Public Service for Employment, Labour and Social Dialogue in the department of socio-economic studies. He works on the following topics: analysis of the Belgian labour market (federal and regional policies), European Structural Funds (ESF), Employment Strategy (impact of ESF) and in a cooperation process in South-East Europe covering broad employment policies and strategies.
Olaf Schwede works as a trade union secretary at the regional headquarters of Deutscher Gewerkschaftsbund (DGB) in Hamburg. He is in charge of youth policies and related issues such as educational and vocational training, students at work, etc. From 2001 to 2007, he was a member of the national executive committee of the DGB’s youth organisation. He made contributions to the nation-wide debate on vocational schooling and training in Germany. He graduated in history and politics at the University of Hamburg.
Jaroslav Stránský works in the legal department of the Czech-Moravian Confederation of Trade Unions. He deals primarily with labour and civil law issues, particularly with regard to the protection of employees in labour relations. He has participated in several projects focused on education in the area of labour law. Jaroslav holds a degree in law from Masaryk University (2006).
Ralf Sund is an adviser with the Finnish Confederation of Salaried Employees (STTK). He previously worked as a freelance writer and researcher. He has been general secretary of the Left Wing Alliance from 1991-1998, head secretary of the Chemical Workers Union from 1989-1991, and, earlier in his career, worked as an economist with the Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions (SAK). Ralf holds a degree in economics from Helsinki University.
Aivo Tamm is chief expert in work education at the Estonian Youth Work Centre (EYWC). He works mainly on the developing of the work education field by leading the work education roundtable in Estonia. His tasks include dividing the state support, organising instructors’ seminars and workshops, gathering, managing and spreading the information on work education between various employment institutions and young people.
Atanaska Todorova is co-chair of 'Youth Forum 21 century' , the youth structure of the Confederation of Independent Trade Unions in Bulgaria (KNSB), a senior trade union expert, and a member of the National Employment Promotion Council in Bulgaria. She works in the field of youth policy, youth employment and working rights. She is a member of an international team promoting cooperation among youth organisations in the Balkan region.
Vasil Todorov is secretary general of the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Sofia. In his position, Vasil is a member of several committees and working groups at EU level, among them: the Consultative Committee for Vocational Training at DG Education and Culture, Working Group for Workers’ Mobility with DG Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities. He holds a MA in law from Sofia University.
Helen Tonkson-Koit is a legal advisor at the Estonian Cultural Professionals Unions Association. She specialises in labour law and collective bargaining issues. She is a trade union representative at the Estonian Labour Inspectorate Committee which deals with individual labour disputes. Helen holds a Master's degree in law from the International University Audentes.
Marta Torre Sanz is a lawyer and expert in European Community Law and Spanish Labour Law. She is currently one of the heads of the Employment/Labour Relationships Department at El Corte Inglés, S.A., a Spanish company in the retail sector. Her position involves dealing mainly with social affairs, collective agreements, corporate social responsibility and equal opportunities issues. Confederation of Employers and Industries of Spain (CEOE).
Dana Vargova works as a state counsellor at the Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Family of the Slovak Republic, Department of the Strategy and Coordination of Regional Employment. She deals with the Active Labour Market Policy, especially focused on disadvantaged groups of job seekers (disabled people, youth). She holds a degree in economics from the University of Bratislava.
Adriana Verešpejová has been general secretary of the Association of Agricultural Cooperatives and Trade Companies of the Slovak Republic (ZPDaOS SR) for 5 years. The organisation is a member of the Federation of Employers’ Associations of the Slovak Republic (AZZZ SR). Adriana is a member of the monitoring committee for agricultural funds – Programme and plan for rural development, Presidium Rural Parliament in Slovakia. Her priorities are: rural development, problems of employment and unemployment, social policy and travel policy. Adrana is a graduate of the University of Veterinary Medicine, Košice, and worked as a journalist for 8 years after leaving university.
António Vergueiro is a legal adviser in the Legal and Social Affairs Department of the Confederation of Portuguese Industry (CIP), where he deals with political and technical developments of employment, representing CIP in several working groups at national and international level. António graduated from Lusíada University in 2002 and joinded the Portuguese Lawyers Bar in 2006.
Rutger Groot Wassink is a policy advisor for the FNV, the largest Dutch Trade Union Confederation (1.2 million members). He works on issues of youth employment and the position of ethnic minorities. Groot Wassink co-ordinates FNV Jong, the FNV-network of trade union members under 35. He was involved with the opinion of the Dutch Social and Economic Counsel on the labour market position of young people from ethnic minority background.