The Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Policy Zornitsa Roussinova presented the Presidency’s Priorities to the European Economic and Social Committee in Brussels.

 “Ensuring proper protection of the rights of the workers and the freedom of companies to provide services will be of paramount importance for our Presidency. In this respect, we will focus on facilitating the free movement of workers and provision of services in the EU by continuing the process of revision of the regulations on the coordination of social security systems and the rules on the posting of workers.

The European Conference "Investing in people – the way forward" is taking place on 15-16 February in Sofia. 

The event is part of the Bulgarian Presidency's events programme and will conclude the celebrations of the 60-year anniversary of the European Social Fund.

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The Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union will work to create a better environment for the development of social economy, with a focus on social innovation, Deputy-Minister Zornitsa Rusinova said on the information day in Byala Slatina dedicated to the tenth anniversary of Bulgaria’s EU membership. Among the priority topics in the field of employment and social policy, which our country will put at the centre of European debates in the first half of 2018, are also the investments in early childhood development, integration of people with disabilities, future of work, gender equality.

From 2018, the Programme “Work”will be implemented in 196 municipalities where unemployment is above the average for Bulgaria. Its funding will be provided by the Operational Programme “Human Resources Development”. This was announced by Deputy-Minister of Labour and Social Policy, Zornitsa Rusinova, to the media in Ruse.

The Programme “Work”started as pilot initiative on 1 September in 14 municipalities in Northwest Bulgaria. Currently over 1,000 unemployed are hired under the programme. Priority is given to providing employment to long-term unemployed, unemployed youths and unemployed people who receive social benefits or have basic or lower education and no professional qualification.

Deputy Labour and Social Policy Ministers Zornitsa Rusinova and Rossitsa Dimitrova have familiarised themselves with the experience of the Netherlands in the field of financing social services and developing social entrepreneurship models during their working visit to the country. During their visit, they participated in discussions to analyze the effectiveness and efficiency of the Dutch and Bulgarian model for providing social services.

Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Policy Zornitsa Rusinova presented the progress in the preparation of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU to high-level representatives of the European Commission. During her working visit to Brussels today she had a meeting with the Director-General of Directorate General ‘Employment, social affairs and inclusion’ Michel Servoz and Sandrine de Bugenome, head of B5 Department Romania, Bulgaria, Directorate General ‘Employment, social affairs and inclusion’.

During the meetings Deputy Minister Roussinova presented the progress in determining priority topics, fields and legislative initiatives for the discussions on the agenda of the Bulgarian EU Presidency. Possibilities for receiving support by the European Commission in the organisation of events were also discussed.

Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Policy Zornitsa Roussinova and Deputy-Mayor of Sofia Municipality Albena Atanasova signed a contract under Operational Programme Human Resources Development for financing the project Know-how on monitoring the quality of social services in Sofia Municipality. The project is worth BGN 200 000 and will be implemented in cooperation with Dutch Foundation De Pasarel. It foresees the introduction of a specific system for quality monitoring of all social services provided on the territory of Sofia Municipality. The goal is to stimulate the organisational and professional development of social service providers in Sofia, so that they can offer more efficient services, adjusted to the needs of the deprived persons.

Bulgaria supports the efforts of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) to eradicate poverty. Raising employment rates and providing fair working conditions, complying with ILO guidance and conventions is of key importance to overcoming inequality and social isolation. This was said by Deputy Minister of Labour and Social policy Zornitsa Rusinova duting the 10th European regional meeting of ILO, which was conducted in Istanbul, Turkey. She commented on the report of ILO’s Director-General Guy Ryder on the subject ‘What is the future of decent work in Europe and Central Asia?’

Operational Programme Human Resources Development is the most successful programme in both the previous and the current programming periods. This is attributable to the fact that thanks to the flexible schemes, under which beneficiaries are implementing projects, to the possibility for directing investments in supporting policies, the funds are efficiently reaching millions of people in Bulgaria. This was said by Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Policy Zornitsa Roussinova in Burgas, where she conducted an Information Day on two procedures under OP HRD – ‘Specific trainings’ and ‘Find me’.

Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Policy Zornitsa Roussinova had a meeting with the chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission of the Republic of Korea Lee Sung-Ho. The talks took place during the second conference of the Asian-European forum (ASEM) on global population ageing and human rights of the elderly, which is conducted in Seoul, the Republic of Korea.

Key international human rights documents were discussed at the meeting. The policies and practices of Bulgaria and the Republic of Korea for implementing the principles set out in these documents were presented. Furthermore, possibilities were discussed for expanding the cooperation between the two countries in the UN committees for human rights protection.