The Minister of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs of the Government of the Republic of Serbia, Aleksandar Vulin, was present on 7 December for the signing of the cooperation agreement between the National Employment Service and 85 local self-governments in the implementation of the IPA project “Increasing Effectiveness of the Employment Policy towards Vulnerable Groups”.
Speaking at the event, Vulin said that this project is financed by the European Union with EUR 6.5 million, and co-financed by the National Employment Service (NES) with EUR 3.5 million.
The project, as he explained, envisages for spaces belonging to municipalities and local self-governments to be dedicated to establishing job-seeking clubs, information and professional advisory centres and self-service workstations. According to him, this project aims to help the unemployed improve their knowledge and skills for active job-seeking and thus become more competitive in the labour market.
He noted that RSD 2.8 billion was allocated for active employment policy measures this year, and another RSD 550 million for persons with disabilities. Likewise, as he reminded, active employment measures encompassed 138,925 persons, with 22,000 of them encompassed by financial measures provided by NES, representing a nearly 300 percent increase compared to the previous year. According to him, over 6,000 persons gained new knowledge and skills through various trainings, important for seeking employment.