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BiH: EU allocates 4m euros to maintain development of local employment partnerships

Following the successful implementation of the first phase of the project which helped establish 19 local partnerships in BiH and enabled the creation of around 550 new jobs, the European Union has allocated an additional 4m euros to continue supporting the partnership initiatives of key actors in market work.

The “European Union Support to Local Employment Partnerships – Phase II” project will enable representatives of local authorities, education, employers, public employment services and NGOs to establish sustainable mechanisms, based on partnership in In cooperation with the ILO, the European Union will support 20 new local partnerships that will train more than 1,600 unemployed people for the local labor market, of which at least 600 will be employed by the end of 2023, “the EU Delegation to BiH notes in a press release.

This is particularly important given that, according to the BiH Labor and Employment Agency, since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, unemployment has risen by 2.86% due to declining economic activity with a tendency for further growth.

Grants will be available through a public call for local employment partnership projects in the first half of the year. Partnerships, consisting of local government, employment services, employers, educational institutions and non-governmental organizations, will propose programs, the implementation of which will allow unemployed people to become active and find their place in the local labor market . Particular attention will be paid to employment programs for young and currently unemployed and inactive men and women, the long-term unemployed, low-educated individuals, the elderly, and other unemployed people, including those who have lost their jobs for due to Covid-19 pandemic crisis.

In this way, the project will directly contribute to the creation of new jobs by following the needs of the local labor market and the specific requirements of employers in their response to the crisis. The project will be implemented in cooperation with the International Labor Organization in the period from January 2021 to the end of 2023.

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