In the near future, the BSLF-SWL project argues, the Baltic Sea states will be facing considerable challenges due to ageing populations and new requirements on the labor markets, and that these challenges will have strong impacts on economic growth and social sustainability in the region. The project suggests that Russia and Belarus are facing similar challenges, as a consequence of declining work forces, in relation to the share of pensioners. Therefore, the aim of the project is to involve Russia and Belarus in the Baltic Sea Labour Forum.
The project suggests that it is necessary to promote longer working lives and job quality. It will involve policymakers, employers and societies to promote exchange of knowledge between experts from different countries in the region. The partners from Russia and Belarus will collect and share experiences, best practices and statistics from their countries. Hence, the EU project will benefit from Russia and Belarus’ involvement through a more holistic picture of the labor market in the region. The BSLF-SWL project says it will contribute to the prosperity of the Baltic Sea region, as a whole, through attractive labor markets.