Lisbon strategy offers a unique possibility to be transformed in a modern creative innovative economy with a dynamic business environment, with a qualified labor force followed by a strong social model. The future of Albania is not out of European structures. The integration in EU is the main and most essential aspect of total development of Albania. The main goal of economic policies is the growth of well being through the increase of the total employment. Economic environment is the most important determiner of the results of the labor market. Albania, one of the few countries, which has had a high and sustainable growth with about 6% in five years, is passing a positive economic “momentum”. Although it has had continuous growth of GDP for years, employment performance reflects a moderate behavior. The reduction of the unemployment is small in an absolute value and in a relative phrase. The opening of the hew work places has been very slow. A high level of employment
is important not only for the individual but also for the society and it is critic to achieve demographic challenges and to support the social well-being. Employment level of Albania 60% is much lower than Lisbon objectives. The labor force in Albania is increasing and it may be an important resource for economic growth in the future. The realization of this potential will require important improvements and the quality of the labor force and the efficiency of labor market; in the contrary this will aggravate more the unemployment problem.

Key words

Lisbon strategy, Employment tendencies, changes, structural movements


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