Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Policy Zornitsa Rusinova presented the priorities in the area of employment and social policy of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU to  the Commissioner for Employment and Social Affairs Marianne Thyssen in Brussels.

Some of the top issues to be put on the European agenda is the future of labour and the need to develop new skills, the early child development policies, the social integration of people with disabilities as well as the opportunities for receiving support from the European Social Fund upon completion of the current programme period (2014-2020).

“The Ministry of Labour and Social Policy has always firmly supported foster care. Due to the EU funds and the OP “Human Resources Development” as well as the dedicated work of the civic organizations more than 2 000 children are currently placed in foster care.”, stated the Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Policy Zornitsa Rusinova to school graduates living in foster families. She attended their prom night organized by the National Foster Care Association.  

Prevention, multidisciplinary approach and combating poverty are among the main prerequisites for fighting human trafficking for labour exploitation. This issue is of crucial importance and among the priorities of the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy. This was the opening statement of Deputy Minister Zornitsa Rusinova at a round table on the topic ‘Fighting trafficking in human beings for labour exploitation’, organised by the National Commission for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings with the cooperation of the Embassy of the Netherlands in Bulgaria.

Early childhood development is among the top priorities of both the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy and the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU. One of our most successful projects over the past few years has involved the support for municipalities with early childhood development projects, aiming to create a model of education and healthcare services. This was stated by Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Policy Zornitsa Rusinova at the opening of a seminar on the topic ‘Sure Start Programme in Hungary and Europe’, organised by Tulip Foundation.

Bulgaria holds in high esteem its cooperation with Sweden and attaches great importance to the development of the relations in the field of child care, people with disabilities, the elderly and gender equality both at bilateral level and in the context of its cooperation within the European Union. Our country has achieved significant success in the social sphere that it can boastof, not only transferring practice from other EU Member States, but also showing that it has contributed to social inclusion policies.Deputy Minister Zornitsa Rusinova said so at the opening of a seminar dedicated to cooperation on vulnerable groups in the field of social assistance between the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy of the Republic of Bulgaria and the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs of the Kingdom of Sweden.

Bulgaria and China signed a Memorandum of Understanding and Cooperation in the area of labour and social security. The Memorandum is meant to update the agreements between the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy and the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security of China. The document was signed at the MLSP premises by the Vice Minister Zornitsa Rusinova and Mr. Fu Xinggou, ViceMinister of Human Resources and Social Security of the People’s Republic of China. 

 

104th International Labour Conference

Employing roughly two thirds of workers worldwide, SMEs face a number of constraints and challenges including access to credit, lack of skills, and transitioning from the informal to formal economy says the Chair of the SME committee, Bulgaria's Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Policy, Zornitsa Roussinova. (Closed

Small and medium-sized enterprises are very important in the world of work. Because due to the evidence report produced by the ILO for this conference we recognize that approximately two thirds of the employed people all over the world work in small and medium-sized enterprises.

Equal Opportunities Scheme of the Operational Programme “Human Resources Development”

More than 1000 people with disabilities over 18 years of age and at least 250 children and their families are expected to benefit from various initiatives under the Equal Opportunities Scheme of the Operational Programme “Human Resources Development” (OPHRD). This was stated by Deputy Minister Zornitsa Rusinova at the opening of an information day under the procedure.