Central and Eastern Europe has been swept by a wave of reforms since 1989 and is still in a state of profound transformation. While the region is today one of the fastest growing in the world, it is facing some tremendous challenges. The extensive restructuring of
the economy has created large scale unemployment in some regions while in others, the emerging private sector lacks the labour and skills it needs to grow. Many of those who have lost their jobs have been unable to qualify for the new employment being created and are affected
by financial hardship and the erosion of public support.