On 13th October, a round table on the problems of social economy, social entrepreneurship and youth employment was organised by the Economic and Social Council (ESC) in partnership with the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy (MLSP) and the Burgas Municipality in the city of Burgas.

The event gathered together more than 80 people - representatives of the municipal and state administration, social enterprises in the region, students, teachers, students and representatives of the structures of trade unions and employers' organisations from the area and the media. The forum is part of a series of regional round tables, which the ESC organises in order to focus public attention on the current problems of young people.

On the side of the hosts, welcoming speeches were made by the Governor of District Burgas Pavel Marinov and the Deputy Mayor of Burgas Municipality Dr. Loris Manuelyan. On behalf of the Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Policy Rumiana Georgieva greetings were brought by Mrs. Elka Dimitrova, Director of “Market Policy and Labor Mobility” Department to the MLSP.

“Social entrepreneurship is a direction which is imposed by a great force in the Burgas Municipality. We are positive about such formula for modern development, because it can be social and at the same time cost-effective”, said Dr. Manuelyan. He expressed the willingness and ambition of the municipal government to continue the investments in the social and economic environment in Burgas and the region.

The ESC President Prof. Lalko Dulevski pointed out that the social economy and its forms have originated historically when the state or the market could not solve certain problems of people. In such cases, communities come together, enterprising people cooperate on the principle of a certain solidarity and sharing of responsibilities and commitments in order to solve their problems.


Mrs. Elka Dimitrova informed the participants that under the European initiative “Youth Guarantee” the EU earmarked funds amounting to 6 billion euros, which will be granted to the countries with youth unemployment over 25%. Bulgaria falls into this group along with Spain, Italy and Greece as in our country the unemployed up to 29 years are 57 000 and up to 24 years old - 25 000. By applying the measures on the “Youth Guarantee” Bulgaria can use up to 220 million leva until 2020, which the EU will grant and it is highly recommended that the money be spent in the first two years, said Mrs. Dimitrova. The Youth Guarantee Implementation Plan provides various services for young people to help them successfully make their first transition from education to the labour market. “A very significant issue for young people is the lack of practical skills and this is the reason why the internships and apprenticeships are so important. Now 10 000 people are covered by the national action plan of the “Youth Guarantee”, said Ms. Dimitrova.

During the discussion active and effective actions of the municipality for improving the municipal infrastructure, for creating conditions and support for professional development and employment for young people were presented. Representatives of the vocational schools in the city and students made ​​a number of concrete proposals, which in their opinion would help young people to stay in the municipality and to their successful career.

Also Prof. Dulevski stressed that Bulgaria is on the first place in the EU in relation to young people who are not in employment, education or training - ie. the NEET group, which for our country is almost two times higher than the EU average. The expert data of the European Commission show the losses of Bulgaria per year are estimated at over 3% of the GDP /or around €1.3 billion for 2013/. Losses are both direct - those made by the ​​state, and indirect - much larger, because they are loss of earnings, said Prof. Dulevski.



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