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Belgium – Entrepreneurs want activation strategies against skills shortage

24 August 2012

An increasing amount of vacancies don’t get filled while unemployment figures are rocketing, according to the Self-employed Workers Union (Syndicat Neutre des Indépendants, SNI).

In an interview on the Belgian news site Express.be, SNI President Christine Mattheeuws argues that: “the skills of the unemployed do not match the current needs of potential employers. The current strategy to tackle unemployment is based on providing benefits to the unemployed and not enough is made to develop activation strategies such as training and incentives to go back to work.” Mattheeuws adds: “By contrast, neighbouring countries have understood this and their labour market strategies show a greater emphasis on activation policies.”

Furthermore, the SNI would be in favour of a tougher attitude towards the recipients of unemployment benefits refusing a job offer or access to training. “Those who don’t demonstrate any willingness to go back to work do not deserve to receive the unemployment benefits” according to Mattheeuws.

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