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IPA Focal point representatives meet EU OSHA in Bilbao

IPA FOP representatives and EU OSHA IPA project manager

Following 2 years of traveling restrictions due to the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, on 25 and 26 May 2022, IPA Focal Point representatives from Albania, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia and Türkiye eventually were able to travel to Bilbao to attend as observer at the EU-OSHA Focal point meeting. This possibility was provided to the IPA beneficiaries within the aim of the EC funded IPA Action 2020-2022.

On 25 May 2022, following a plenary welcome, the FOP managers had the possibility to receive the latest OSH knowledge and participate to groups discussion on the "Circular Economy", "Psychosocial Risks", "Supporting Compliance", "ESENER", "the next HWC on Digitalisation", "OSH Barometer", "Healthcare" and "OSH Research".

On 26 May 2022, the Agency Interim Executive Director, Heads of Unit and project managers reported on the latest Agency OSH work programme, including the current HWC "Lighten the Load", the FAST scheme and on the 2022 work plan on "Biomonitoring tasks". The meeting continued with an update from the European Commission representative on the EU OSH strategy, with specific reference to the EU Strategic Framework 2021-2027, as well as from French, Czech and Swedish representatives on the EU Presidency programmes.

The Focal point meeting was a great opportunity for IPA representatives to exchange updates on the national OSH developments and to plan ahead the future IPA actions.

Photo: IPA Focal point representatives and EU OSHA Pre-Accession Network manager