Green Charter

The first Euro-Mediterranean Green Jobs Charter was conceived and drafted by EGREJOB partners, with multiple objectives:

  • To raise awareness about the relevance of Green Jobs for boosting economic growth and increasing decent employment opportunities, especially for the youth
  • To foster synergies between public and private sector organizations as well as academic and training institutions, to achieve dynamic regional skills development systems that can help match demand with the provision of skills and foster the inclusion of young workers in the Euro-Mediterranean labour markets
  • To assure the transferability of the EGREJOB process to all the interested stakeholders and disseminate the project results

The adoption of the Charter requires the signatories to adhere to the following principles:

  • Awareness, that is monitoring and understanding of progress towards a green economy at all levels (local, national and international) through research, training and networking.
  • Sharing, that is dissemination of values and objectives through creation of common portals, web tools and networks.
  • Collaboration, that is helping local actors in various countries to maintain the spirit of mutual learning and handle the complexity of the desired transition to a sustainable development path.

Four areas of intervention have been identified

  • Training: The partners’ objective is the planning and development of a training offer spanning more levels, from basic education through university to continuing education that can raise awareness of the knowledge required by the production system, eliminating discrepancies between the needs expressed by professional businesses and the skills actually available on the labour market.
  • Employment: The development of the green economy contributes to the achievement of social objectives: it represents an engine of growth and creation of green and decent jobs capable of contributing to poverty eradication and social inclusion. To increase green jobs and, in consequence, all types of work, is an unavoidable objective that we pursue for full realization of economic development.
  • Knowledge and Promotion: Green economy requires the development and sharing of new knowledge and skills. This will be achieved thanks to the consolidation of institutional channels and networks of experts and through the collective creation of a repository of knowledge and tools made available to the wide public.
  • Monitoring and Evaluation: In order to monitor progress in the above-mentioned areas of intervention, indicators and verification tools are put in place as integral part of the action planning. Assessing and monitoring throughout implementation facilitates an understanding of whether the path taken was appropriate.

In order to allow every organization to express their own capacities, the document leaves to single Action Plans the specifications of each action.

26 national and regional organizations have signed the Charter in occasion of the project final conference, held in Florence on 4 March 2016.

Green Jobs Charter adhesions

Examples of concrete actions envisaged in the Charter, specified by the signing organizations.

Employment

  • International mobility actions in the sectors with high development potentials in the green economy field
  • Implementing active labour market policies (re-qualification, re-training) in sectors with high green development potential
  • Promoting employment for youth through the European “Youth Guarantee Programme”
  • Fostering new entrepreneurship in developing green projects
  • Encouraging links between trainees and companies for placement purposes
  • Creating and enhancing incentives for green economy projects and improving access to financing for green businesses
  • Specific consultancy for companies active in Green Economy through the utilization of the European Enterprise Network
  • Facilitating the exploitation of misused productive spaces through the installation of green companies

Training

  • Integrating green contents in on-going training activities carried out in relation to labour issues and sustainability
  • Ad hoc training initiatives targeted to internal and external actors (officials and associated members) within public and private organizations
  • Designing training courses based on green skills needs
  • Creation of a new Master on Smart Grids by the University
  • Creation of a evening class on Green employment by the University

Promotion

  • Awareness raising on environmental issues in Schools, Training centres, Universities
  • Inserting the green perspective within special days dedicated to entrepreneurship and in regional, national and international fora.
  • Organizing focus groups for companies and public administrations, to involve local actors in the analysis of training needs for new professional profiles to be trained thanks to European Social Fund.
  • Promoting the contents of the Charter within the actions related to second level negotiations within trade unions and business associations
  • Animation of the cross-border network through the ETEC community
  • Study activities related to Euro-Mediterranean Green Job Charter
  • Enhancement of European project planning in the Green sectors
  • EGREJOB project partners called to witness and disseminate/transfer project results in the fields of Green Jobs development

Egrejob group at the Final Conference in Florence

Egrejob partners and signatories of the first Euro-Mediterranean Green Jobs Charter during the final conference, Florence, 3-4 March 2016

The Governor of Sousse (Tunisia) expresses his gratitude for project’s achievements and for Egrejob influence on Green Economy promotion in the country, during the Final Conference.