Agreement Has Been Signed in Azerbaijan: Lithuania Helps With Application of Its Experience

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2019 10 04

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Lithuania and Azerbaijan strengthen cooperation in the field of labour and social security. The Parties will share useful information and good practices on the labour and social policy making and implementation. This cooperation agreement was signed on Thursday in Baku by Linas Kukuraitis, Minister of Social Security and Labour, and Sahil Babayev, Minister of Labour and Social Protection of Population of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

Cooperation will mainly focus on the issues of the labour code, social security and pensions, as well as on the improving of disability policies, developing employment services, active labour market policies and integrating social risk groups and young people into the labour market.

 “This agreement consolidates the relationships that have already been established. Over the past years, our expert-led team has made a significant contribution to the modernization of Azerbaijan’s public employment services – both parties have gained valuable experience,” says Linas Kukuraitis, Minister of Social Security and Labour.

The signed agreement will not only allow the development of bilateral cooperation, but will also contribute to the proper implementation of Lithuania’s development cooperation policy objectives.

Since 2017, the experts of the Lithuanian Ministry of Social Security and Labour have participated in the EU Twinning Project “Support to the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of Population of the Republic of Azerbaijan in the Modernization of Public Employment Services of the Republic of Azerbaijan”.

This Twinning Project, aimed at helping Azerbaijan to modernize public employment services, was implemented by a Lithuanian-Austrian-Swedish consortium led by Eglė Radišauskienė, Vice-Minister of Social Security and Labour.

For two years, the Lithuanian Ministry of Social Security and Labour, together with the Lithuanian Employment Service and Austrian and Swedish experts, helped colleagues in Azerbaijan to develop an employment system that would effectively meet the needs of job seekers and employers.

This Twinning project is coming to an end, but the agreement signed will allow for continued assistance to Azerbaijan in the field of social security.