On 4 July 2016 the Economic and Social Council (ESC) and Letnitsa Municipality organised a regional meeting-discussion on “The role of small municipalities for dealing with migration processes and youth employment. The Letnitsa Municipality experience”, which was the second meeting in the region.

Dr. Krasimir Djonev, Mayor of Letnitsa Municipality shared the municipality experience in attracting a big investor. Recently Letnitsa has been in all the media for opening a new factory with 400 new jobs. The investor wants peace and security - we could offer him such comfort in our municipality, said the Mayor. There is no thefts in Letnitsa, also here is the best school in Lovech District and more than 200 000 tourists come annually, there are no serious crimes, there is a good infrastructure and there are several other cities nearby - Lovech, Teteven, Pleven, so there are workers. But the most important is that with the new factory we gave job opportunities to many young people and in this way we hope migration from Letnitsa to other major cities to decrease, said Dr. Djonev.

Also interesting point of view was that of the Manager of Bulgaria Food Ltd. Stefan Prodanov. He supported the Mayor of Letnitsa for the provided good conditions, but he addressed the institutions to find solution to one of the most painful issues for the employers - the slow registration of contracts, which hampers the factory administration. All the data is written by hand and at the same time the one-day contracts must be registered in the National Social Security Institute on same day of work. When you need to register hundreds of such contracts, how could this happen, asked rhetorically the employer.

Prof. Dulevski, ESC President, congratulated the Mayor and the municipality governing body on finding an investor and providing realization opportunities for young people. He presented the ESC study related to the migration attitudes of high school graduates and stressed that they wanted work and a well-paid one in first place, so they could stay in their home cities.



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