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Training, precariousness, energy transition…: a joint declaration to revive the Walloon economy – Belgium

Training, precariousness, energy transition…: a joint declaration to revive the Walloon economy – Belgium
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Wallonia signed a declaration on Monday with employers, trade unions and the environment as part of its recovery plan.

As part of its recovery plan, the Walloon government signed on Monday an unprecedented joint statement with partners from the world of employers, trade unions and the environment. The agreement involves the Union wallonne des Entreprises (UWE), the unions FGTB and CSC, the Union des Classes Moyennes (UCM) and Inter-Environnement Wallonie (IEW).

Over the past few weeks, the partners have defined together 42 priority actions “structuring and transversal” on which to work together. The objective is to maximize the positive effects of the recovery plan and to accelerate the recovery of Wallonia. Four separate programs are under construction for a budget of approximately 2.5 billion. Result indicators will be established, particularly in terms of job creation, reduction of greenhouse gases and creation of added value. In addition, the budget for priority projects could be increased if other actions do not bear fruit.

Four general strategic axes

Together, the partners have also defined prerequisites. In addition, it is a question of reforming and updating the training of young people and job seekers. The revision of public procurement clauses is also a priority. It should allow SMEs to access it more easily and therefore create a virtuous circle of job creation.

The four general strategic axes defined are the following: trainingleave the precariousnessconduct a economic and industrial policy strong and lasting, and finally strengthen the independence and energetic transition. An action committee, made up in particular of government representatives and stakeholders, has been set up to monitor priority projects with a view to co-construction. In addition, the partners have identified projects funded by the EU, in terms of the “Recovery and Resilience Facility”, which seem to them priorities.

Broad consultation

This declaration and these commitments go much further than what is usually done in terms of consultation, highlights the Walloon government. He also stresses that it was essential to obtain the widest possible membership structural measures of the Walloon recovery plan.

“Wallonia needs all its strength to recover sustainably,” said Walloon Minister-President Elio Di Rupo (PS). “It is not an easy task, but I am delighted that the social and environmental partners are joining forces with the government to carry out this objective.”

Budget distribution

Among the main priority projects in terms of getting out of precariousness (437,144,625 euros), we find the stimulation of energy renovation by districts, within the framework of the policy of the City and of medium-sized urban centers, with a view to developing and testing methods and approaches (181,500,000 euros). Also at the top of the list is the increase in creation of public interest housing via the public-private partnership (174,250,000 euros), or the health promotion reform and prevention through the implementation of structured programming (30,000,000 euros).

In terms of a strong and sustainable economic and industrial policy (470,030,500 euros), the main items are the implementation of governance for the regional innovation strategy (102,400,000 euros), the development of collective research and excellence programs around key themes (97,840,000 euros), and support for strategic research with a view to the economic deployment of the strategic areas defined in the roadmaps of RIS3 and the Walloon Economic Program (68,000,000 euros).

In terms of strengthening independence and the energy transition (1,312,900,000 euros), the joint statement highlights the energy renovation 25,000 public utility housing units (721,000,000 euros) and carrying out energy renovations of buildings (401,900,000 euros).

Finally, in terms of training (278,375,500 euros), the largest amount goes to setting up the Walloon training passport for all workers, including non-standard workers in connection with the reform of training aid and the career voucher as well as the job-to-job transition (101,400,000 euros). This action will go hand in hand with an investment in infrastructure and training equipment (93,010,000 euros).

As part of its recovery plan, the Walloon government signed an unprecedented joint declaration on Monday with partners from the world of employers, trade unions and the environment. The agreement involves the Union wallonne des Entreprises (UWE), the unions FGTB and CSC, the Union des Classes Moyennes (UCM) and Inter-Environnement Wallonie (IEW). Over the past few weeks, the partners have together defined 42 “structuring and cross-cutting” priority actions on which to work together. The objective is to maximize the positive effects of the recovery plan and to accelerate the recovery of Wallonia. Four separate programs are under construction for a budget of approximately 2.5 billion. Result indicators will be established, particularly in terms of job creation, reduction of greenhouse gases and creation of added value. In addition, the budget for priority projects could be increased if other actions do not bear fruit. Together, the partners have also defined prerequisites. In addition, it is a question of reforming and updating the training of young people and job seekers. The revision of public procurement clauses is also a priority. It should allow SMEs to access it more easily and therefore create a virtuous circle of job creation. The four general strategic axes defined are as follows: training, getting out of precariousness, conducting a strong and sustainable economic and industrial policy, and finally strengthening independence and energy transition. An action committee, made up in particular of government representatives and stakeholders, has been set up to monitor priority projects with a view to co-construction. In addition, the partners have identified projects funded by the EU, in terms of “Recovery and Resilience Facility”, which seem to them priorities. This declaration and these commitments go much further than what is usually done in terms of consultation, highlights the Walloon government. He also stresses that it was essential to obtain the widest possible support for the structural measures of the Walloon recovery plan. “Wallonia needs all its strength to recover sustainably,” said Walloon Minister-President Elio Di Rupo (PS). “It is not an easy task, but I am delighted that the social and environmental partners are joining forces with the government to carry out this objective.” Among the main priority projects in terms of getting out of precariousness (437,144,625 euros), we find the stimulation of energy renovation by districts, within the framework of the policy of the City and of medium-sized urban centers, with a view to develop and experiment with methods and approaches (181,500,000 euros). At the top of the list, there is also the increase in the creation of housing in the public interest via the public-private partnership (174,250,000 euros), or even the reform of health promotion and prevention thanks to the implementation of structured programming (30,000,000 euros). In terms of a strong and sustainable economic and industrial policy (470,030,500 euros), the main items are the implementation of governance for the regional innovation strategy (102,400,000 euros), the development of collective research programs and excellence around key themes (97,840,000 euros), and support for strategic research with a view to the economic deployment of the strategic areas defined in the roadmaps of the RIS3 and the Walloon Economic Program (68,000,000 euro). In terms of strengthening independence and the energy transition (1,312,900,000 euros), the joint declaration highlights the energy renovation of 25,000 public utility housing units (721,000,000 euros) and the completion of energy renovations of buildings (401,900,000 euros). Finally, in terms of training (278,375,500 euros), the largest amount goes to the implementation of the Walloon training passport for all workers, including non-standard workers in connection with the aid reform to training and the career voucher as well as the employment-employment transition (101,400,000 euros). This action will go hand in hand with an investment in infrastructure and training equipment (93,010,000 euros).

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