Over the last years youth unemployment has dropped significantly. From nearly 30% in the period of economic crisis, unemployment rates today have gone down to 13.5%. Nevertheless, the challenge to enhance the economic activity of young people, who are unwilling to study or work remains. This was said by Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Policy Zornitsa Roussinova at an international working meeting under the NEGOTIATE project – Negotiating possibilities for overcoming job insecurity and labour market exclusion in Europe, financed by the European Commission.

Between 1500 and 2000 families will have the opportunity to have a child carer for a period of 18 months under the Parents in Employment Project, financed by Operational Programme Human Resources Development. 

As of today (29 September) until the end of October sample applications will be received at labour offices all over the country, submitted by parents, whose children have not been enrolled in nursery or kindergarten, but they need a child carer to be able to go back to work or look for a job. If there is high interest on behalf of parents, the financial resources of BGN 20 million can be increased, while the deadline for submitting applications will be extended, Roussinova said. The application is not linked to address registration. It can be filed at any labour office in the country. In two weeks, the online version of the application form will also be ready.