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Project news: TALENTAS project virtual meeting “Talent Policy in times of COVID-19 and beyond”

7 May 2020

On 6 May, the TALENTAS project team hosted a virtual meeting on “talent policy in times of COVID-19”. The meeting was organised in the cooperation with the Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania, the Lithuanian Ministry of Economy and Innovation, the Government Agency Invest Lithuania and funded by the European Commission Structural Reform Support Service (SRSS).

The aim of the meeting was to brief Lithuanian stakeholders about the immediate and potential long-term impact of COVID-19 on talent policies in selected EU countries as well as exchange information on the current situation in Lithuania. During the event, participants discussed also measures and good practices initiated in other European countries. The event gathered representatives of government institutions, local authorities, international organisation as well as the nongovernmental sector involved in talent attraction in Lithuania.

The meeting started with an introductory presentation on talent attraction management during COVID-19. Morten King-Grubert (Director at Future Place Leadership) shared examples of immediate responses and best practices on talent attraction and retention from other EU countries, emphasising the fact that despite the difficult situation talent policy might remain a priority, both at local and state level. At the same time, the existing measures should be focused on the retention of international talents already residing in the country (e.g. information support). Participants highlighted also special needs of growing number of returning citizens as well as international students who decided not to leave the countries of their studies. Finally, the current crisis highlighted the importance of inter-agency cooperation both on national and international level and necessity of creating a multi-stakeholder ecosystem of talent attraction.

About the project

The event was organised within the project Developing a strategy for the implementation of a talent policy in Lithuania (TALENTAS), currently implemented by ICMPD. The objective of the project is to contribute to attracting and retaining higher numbers of talents in Lithuania, including students, graduates, and highly skilled Lithuanians living abroad. It targets relevant Lithuanian public institutions, employers, as well as universities in order to increase their institutional capacities to formulate, develop and implement reform policies and action. The results will be a number of concrete deliverables including reports and working papers on best practices. 


More information on “TALENTAS” can be found here