Demographic changes, along with globalisation and the progress in information technologies are at the heart of the emergence of a new social reality, faced by European societies and a large part of the countries in other continents. We are witnesses to the process of increase in the older segment of the population and a drop in the share of children and young people. This was said by Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Policy Zornitsa Roussinova during her participation in the second conference of the Asian-European forum on global population ageing and the human rights of the elderly. The conference is held in the period 19 to 21 September in Seoul, Republic of Korea.

Deputy Minister Zornitsa Rusinova set up a training workshop for experts of the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy, who will work on legislative dossiers in the field of employment and social policy during the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU.

Lecturers from the Secretariat-General of the Council of the European Union presented European regulations, related to social security, improvement of working and living conditions and protection of workers from the risks, arising from exposure to carcinogens or mutagens at work. During the seminar proposals for directives concerning the posting of workers and the improvement of the gender balance at work were also discussed.

Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Policy Zornitsa Roussinova attended meetings for exchange of experience between young Bulgarian entrepreneurs and representatives of the Swiss business. The initiative took place under the project ‘Innovative models for business development and corporate social responsibility’, aimed at creation and integration of responsible business practices in small and medium enterprises in Bulgaria. The project is being implemented in collaboration with the Swiss Entrepreneurship Institute SIFE and with the financial support of the Swiss Confederation by means of Bulgarian-Swiss collaboration programme, Partnership and Expert Help Fund.

Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Policy Zornitsa Rusinova met with Tiina Astola, Commission’s Director General for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality. Rusinova thinks that an action plan minimizing the gender pay gap is needed. According to NSI data, in 2015, the gender pay gap stood at 14,2%, lower than the EU average which is 16,7%. Women are faced with three main types of inequalities – low hourly pay, less hours of paid work and lower employment levels.

Deputy Minister of Labour Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Policy Zornitsa Rusinova met with Gabriele Lösekrug-Möller, Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Ministry for Labour and Social Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany, within the Berlin Summit of the 10 Global Forum on Migration and Development.  At the meeting, both parties were satisfied with the development of their cooperation so far and discussed the future priorities of their joint action in the social sphere.

Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Policy Zornitsa Rusinova had a working meeting with the management of the Council of Women in Business in Bulgaria. The central focus of the meeting was on preparations for the Global Forum of Women Leaders in 2018. The event will concur with the Bulgarian presidency of the EU Council in the first half of 2018.  
 Deputy Minister Rusinova outlined the policies of the government aiming to ensure a better work-life balance. Other topics were also discussed, e.g. possibilities to improve the rate of women employed and their career development in the sphere of information technologies. Emphasis was also placed on gender equality policies. 



The Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Policy Zornitsa Rusinovaand the Minister of Youth and Sports Krasen Kralev signed an agreement for granting of aid under the Project “National System for Planning, Monitoring and Reporting the Implementation of Youth Policies”.The total cost of the project is BGN 505 000. The project is implemented under the Operational Programme Human Resources Development (OPHRD), and is co-financed by the European Social Fund of the European Union. The Ministry of Youth and Sports is beneficiary under the project.  

The Human Resources Development Operational Programme (HRD OP) 2014-2020 is an example of successful absorption of European funding not only at national but also at European level. This was stated during the Eighth Session of the Monitoring Committee of the HRD OP by Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Policy Zornitsa Rusinova. She pointed out the need for active debates on the future development of policies supported through the European Social Fund (ESF) in Bulgaria, and for effective account of what has been achieved so far within the forum.

Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Policy, Zornitsa Rusinova, is attending the official opening of the 106th Session of the International Labour Conference of the ILO at the UN headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. The conference is held annually, bringing together representatives of governments, employees and employers from the 187 member states of the organization.

More than 4,000 delegates will be present at this year’s session to discuss the most pressing issues and challenges faced by the working world today. Among the main topics of the forum are green jobs, labour migration, fundamental principles and rights to work, disaster and crises resilience.

“The investments in early child development are an effective tool to prevent school drop-out and the best prerequisite for tackling structural unemployment at a later stage. They serve as a guarantee that children will be literate and perform well in secondary and higher education”, stated Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Policy Zornitsa Rusinova at the International Conference entitled “Presenting the country specific recommendations to Bulgaria within the European Semester 2017”.