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Slovenia Business Week no. 34: Social Partners Okay Active Employment Policy Programme

The Economic and Social Council, the industrial relations forum endorsed the programme of active employment policy measures for the 2007-2013 period and an action plan for the first two years of implementation, worth EUR 172.6m

The Economic and Social Council, the industrial relations forum, on Friday, 27 October endorsed the programme of active employment policy measures for the 2007-2013 period and an action plan for the first two years of implementation, worth EUR 172.6m.

The social partners (employers, unions and the government) welcomed the inclusion of performance monitoring indicators and decided that the council would scrutinise implementation annually.

The long-term nature of the programme was also praised, as the measures had previously been adopted for each year individually.

According to the Labour Ministry, the programme has now been brought into line with the programming documents that serve as the basis for the phasing of money from the European Social Fund in the 2007-2013 period.

The implementing plan for 2007 and 2008 envisages financing from the national budget and the European Social Fund. EUR 74m is planned for planned measures in 2007 and EUR 98.6 for in 2008.

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia (CCIS) noted that it was impossible to say whether the money was appropriately distributed, as individual activities do not come with earmarks.

On the other hand, Saso Hribar Milic of the Employer's Association welcomed the fact that the programme was open-ended, as it will be possible to adapt it to market demand.

The active employment policy programme is divided to four main measures: assistance in job searching, training and education, promotion of employment and self-employment, and programmes to boost social inclusion.

Source: Slovenian Press Agency STA

Author: STA, Slovenian National Press Agency