Description of the Project

Even though there has been a great deal of cooperation in the Baltic Sea area the last 15 years, the South Baltic Sea cannot be recognised as a region unless its citizens consider themselves citizens of the region and can see the possibilities that the region at large can offer so that they can become mobile and consider the region as a possible labour market.

Even though the South Baltic Sea region has experienced local labour or job shortage, it is not natural for the citizens of the neighbouring regions to exploit these possibilities, due to a number of barriers. Furthermore, there have hardly been any kind of education and/or labour market projects in the South Baltic Sea programme so far or in the Interreg IIC/IIIB/IVB Baltic Sea programmes, and any successful territorial cooperation programme needs active participation involving people and stimulating mobility. It is thus essential to explore the barriers for labour market mobility tied closely to the lack of mobility in the educational system. 

The enlargement of the EU should have contributed to greater labour market mobility in the Baltic Sea area, but the full potential has not been exploited. There are a number of bottleneck situations that need qualified labour from other countries, and therefore there is a need to improve labour market mobility.

The main barriers that need to be addressed are a lack of mobility tradition due to ignorance of each others local culture in education and labour market, educational recognition and lack of strong educational links. This project is necessary in order to kick-start regional cross border initiatives within higher education and labour market in the South Baltic Sea region, that can be a model for future educational and labour market projects in the region.

Cohab

Part-financed by the European Union

(European Regional Development Fund)

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