Ambassador Karl-Otto König participated in the presentation of the progress report of Uruguay's Comprehensive Plan for the Promotion of Employment (PIPE), led by the Ministry of Labour & Social Security's National Directorate of Employment. The Plan is backed by the European Union through the EUROsociAL+ programme. Its objective is to help job applicants and the unemployed to find decent employment or to start work self-employed. The Plan's priority population are young people looking for their first job, women, people over 45 years old, informal workers, independent workers with difficulties to generate income, and people with disabilities.
Ambassador König highlighted the need for governments to mitigate and respond to the consequences of the pandemic in labour markets, giving special attention to the groups most affected by the crisis, such as women, the young, informal workers and independent workers. He highlighted the active role of Uruguay, that made good use of a tool provided by the EUROsociAL+ programme to promote improvements in its active employment policy and other areas.
EUROsociAL+ backed the National Employment Directorate through three technical consultancies for the development of: (a) the design of the Comprehensive Employment Promotion Plan, by Colombian expert Jaime Velilla, and (b) the generation of a prospecting system for employment opportunities and professional training needs, by Italian expert Fabio Boscherini and Argentine expert Marcelo Simonetta.
Also participating in the activity were the Director of the Uruguayan Agency for International Cooperation (AUCI), Mariano Berro, the National Director for Employment, Daniel Pérez, and the EUROsociAL+ Director of Social Policies, Francesco Chiodi.