Local Employment and Economic Development (LEED Programme)

Workshop: Demographic change and labour market - Policies and strategies in the Province of Drenthe and Groningen (Assen, Netherlands)


International workshop

5 November 2012, The House of the Province of Drenthe, Assen, Netherlands

This workshop was organised by The Ministry of Interior and Kingdom Relations and the Province of Groningen and Drenthe within the framework of the OECD LEED project on local scenarios of demographic change


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Regions facing demographic shrinkage are the laboratories of future labuor market problems for the whole country. The growing replacement demand and the ageing of the labour force are huge challenges for economic development and labour market transition. At this moment population decline is noticeable and visible in three regions: Noordoost-Groningen/Eemsdelta, Oost-Groningen and municipality De Marne. But for the next 20 years  more regions in Groningen and Drenthe face the effects of ageing and population decline.

The workshop contributed to identify the main issues and proposals for policy development and initiatives to address labour market challenges. Local activities, initiatives, and strategies are of particular importance for the development of proposals for the province and in coordination with national goals.

Addressed themes:

  • Theme 1: Opportunities for crossborder labour market: policy responses and ‘regional capacity.
  • Theme 2: Intergenerational challenges of demographic transitions in labour markets: unemployment now but shortages soon?
  • Theme 3: Accelerating skills development in industry clusters: which skills ecosystem?
  • Theme 4: New sources of economic growth.





60-80 senior governmental officials, academic researchers, economic organisations, NGOs, trade unions, business representatives, university, research students, seniors community groups, youth organisations.



The workshop took place at the House of the Province of Drenthe, Netherlands.



For further information on the project, please contact Dr. A.J.E. Edzes or Prof. Dr. J. van Dijk of Rijksuniversity of Groningen or Dr. Cristina Martinez-Fernandez, Senior Policy Analyst, OECD LEED Programme.


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