Even today, for many people living and working across the border is part of their daily lives. Political and economic developments as well as changing living conditions contribute to the fact that the Austrian and Slovakian employment markets are increasingly growing together, and that a common employment market is developing. In order to effectively meet these challenges and to improve the opportunities of workers in both countries, common employment market policy approaches and plans are needed. The Austrian-Slovak Expert Academy EXPAK AT.SK unites employment market policy actors from ministries, employment market services and implementing organisations. The networking concept, which was started in 2007, was intensified to turn into continuous cooperation and systematic knowledge exchange. In the framework of pilot projects, initial common solutions are tested and service offers for workers and companies are developed.
The Vienna institute L&R Social Research (www.LRsocialresearch.at) is the lead partner of EXPAK AT.SK. The Austrian partner institutions are ÖSB Consulting and WISDOM. Slovakian partner institutions are UPSVaR – Central Office for Labour, Social Affairs and Family, EDUCTA and IVAKS.
In terms of strategic and content-related matters, EXPAK AT.SK is supported by the Vienna, Lower Austria and Burgenland branch offices of the Public Employment Service Austria (AMS) and the Slovakian employment offices in the regions Bratislava and Trnava.
The EXPAK AT.SK project receives funding from the European Regional Development Fund in the framework of the programme on cross-border cooperation SLOVAKIA - AUSTRIA 2007-2013. The Austrian national co-financing funds are provided by the Federal Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Consumer Protection.
The central aims of the Expert Academy include:
The activities of the EXPAK AT.SK focus on the following fields of action:
All reports, studies, concepts, documentation, planning documents as well as information on events organised by EXPAK AT.SK are published on http://www.expak-at.sk. All information and documentation is available in German and Slovakian.
Additionally, we release an electronic newsletter with information on current events of the Austrian-Slovak Expert Academy on a regular basis. You can subscribe to this newsletter on: www.expak-at.sk.
Related projects: Austrian-Hungarian Expert Academy, Austrian-Czech Expert Academy, Austrian-Slovenian Expert Academy
Team: Ferdinand Lechner, Robert Prachar