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Factsheet for measure BG-2021-13/1823 – Updated – measures in Bulgaria
|Country||Bulgaria , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 25 March 2021 – 02 April 2021|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Promoting the economic, labour market and social recovery
– Active labour market policies (enhancing employability, training, subsidised job creation, etc.)
|Author||Tsetomila Sabcheva and Luboslav Kostov (Citub)|
|Measure added||08 April 2021 (updated 06 March 2023)|
The Employment Agency collects applications from employers within 7 days who wish to receive financial support in hiring the unemployed. Until 2 April 2021, including employers, they can submit documents to the labour offices. The National Employment Action Plan for 2021 envisages subsidising the employment of at least 1,965 newly hired unemployed and over 200 mentors.
For an internship or apprenticeship of an unemployed person, the state will pay up to BGN 630 salary per month and the due insurances. The worker must have been registered with the labor office for more than 6 months, be up to 24 years old or over 50 years old, with primary and lower education. Unemployed mothers with children up to 5 years old and others can also benefit from the measure. Incentives offer options for full-time or part-time work. The duration of the employment provided and the subsidy period also vary and vary from 3 to 12 months.
The Cooperation Councils at the labor offices will evaluate the submitted applications by 7 April 2021. The measure will be available to all unemployed people who meet the conditions.
In parallel, the Employment Agency provides financial preferences to the unemployed in order to stimulate their mobility when looking for or starting a job in another locality or entrepreneurship. Each labor office has funds for some of the various programs and measures, and the free funds are announced on the information board in each labor office in the country, where you can get complete information about the possibilities, procedures and conditions for granting preferences for the unemployed or employers.
The initially stated intentions are to provide employment to 2,000 unemployed. The measure is new, but may be extended at a later stage depending on interest and effectiveness. The worker must have been registered with the labour office for more than 6 months, be up to 24 years old or over 50 years old, with primary and lower education. Unemployed mothers with children up to 5 years old and others can also benefit from the measure. The minimum term for benefit from the measure is 3 months and the maximum 12 months.
||Applies to all businesses||Does not apply to citizens|
Company / Companies
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Form||Not applicable||Any other form of consultation, institutionalised (as stable working groups or committees) or informal|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
The measure has not been discussed within the National Council for Tripartite Cooperation. However, it was discussed informally with the social partners and they gave their unequivocal approval. Employers' organizations were informed in detail about the opportunities, as the application deadlines were extremely short - only 7 days. The trade unions assisted in the implementation. There were no objections.
All trade unions and employers' organizations supported the measure. The aim is to reduce the unemployment rate and the negative effect of the pandemic on key macroeconomic indicators in the labor market. The measure is complementary to the others and should be seen in synergy with them. There were no objections, although the measure was not widely discussed with the social partners.
Eurofound (2021), Assistance in hiring the unemployed, measure BG-2021-13/1823 (measures in Bulgaria), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/BG-2021-13_1823.html
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