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Council of Ministers of the Republic of Bulgaria : Rositsa Yankova: Our goal is to reduce youth unemployment down to 7% until 2020

12/19/2013 | 09:31am US/Eastern
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Rositsa Yankova: Our goal is to reduce youth unemployment down to 7% until 2020
18 December 2013

Bulgaria is among the first countries to already have a plan for the European Youth Guarantee

The National Plan for Implementation of the European Youth Guarantee became a fact today, said Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Policy at a press conference after the meeting of the Council of Ministers. "Bulgaria is among the first countries to be ready with this plan and begin its implementation from 1 January", Ms. Yankova pointed out. She noted that unemployment among young people between the ages of 15 and 24 was currently 28.1%, according to Eurostat. "The goal which we hope to achieve with the Youth Guarantee Plan is to reduce the unemployment rate down to 7% of the total number of unemployed under 29", the Deputy Minister said.

Ms. Yankova explained that the Plan consisted of two main parts. The first was preventative and consists of measures aiming to encourage young people to seek jobs, complete an additional qualification or finish their education. The second part of the plan consists of measures to integrate and re-integrate people in the labor market. "A Coordination Council, chaired by the Minister of Labor and Social Policy, will be established in early 2014. Representatives of the Ministry of Education and Science, the Ministry of Youth and Sports, social partners and youth organizations will also take part in the Council. The Coordination Council will control and monitor the implementation of the Youth Guarantee", Ms. Yankova explained.

The Deputy Minister pointed out that the Guarantee would start on 1 January with BGN 24 million in funding from the state budget, roughly a third of resources allocated for the implementation of the National Action Plan for Employment for 2014. "There would be a total of BGN 409 million for all young people under the age of 29 for 2014-2020. The most part of the funds - BGN 230 million - would be spent on various programs and measures for the provision of services for 2014-2015", Yankova explained. The plan focused on improving young people's qualification and education. Programs and measures would include around 420,000 young people over the entire 7-year period. "Individual action plans will be developed. It is expected that 154,000 people will be provided with subsidized employment, and 60, 000 with jobs within the primary sector of the labor market. Services related to training, retraining, and motivation training will target the remaining part of young people in order ensure subsequent employment", the Minister said.

Individual action plans would be prepared for 75,000 young people in 2014. "We will have BGN 30 million at our disposal under Human Resources Development OP which will be used to create sustainable and new employment for young people", Ms. Yankova pointed out. She added that around 14,000 young people would take part in motivational training.  



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18 December 2013

Additional BGN 15 million would be given to Bulgarian livestock farmers, the Minister of Agriculture and Food announced

The government kept its promise and voted BGN 15 million in additional funding to be paid to Bulgarian livestock farmers, said Minister of Agriculture and Food Dimitar Grekov at a press conference after the meeting of the Council of Ministers. He explained that BGN 5 million was savings under State Fund Agriculture. The Minister pointed out that livestock farmers would receive 70% of national payments until the end of the year. "This decision is [an expression of] solidarity to the problems of Bulgarian livestock farmers", said the Minister of Agriculture and Food.

17 December 2013

Prime Minister Oresharski and President Aliyev discussed the possibility to start direct flights between Bulgaria and Azerbaijan

Today we made a real step towards diversification of gas supply to Bulgaria, said Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski in Baku, Azerbaijan. He attended the ceremony on signing the final investment decision on the Shah Deniz 2 project and met with President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev. Prime Minister Oresharski thanked for the invitation and described the ceremony as "historic".

Plamen Oresharski: Our goal is responsible government in the interest of all Bulgarian citizens
13 December 2013

Signatures in support of the government reached 1 400 000, after new 660 000 were delivered today to the Council of Ministers

Signatures in support of the government reached 1 400 000, after new 660 000 were delivered today at the Council of Ministers. Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski expressed his gratitude and pointed out that the higher the support of society, the more confidence the government had to do its work. "We see this support as an opportunity to work towards reaching our goals - a responsible government in the interest of all Bulgarian citizens, including those who do not support us, of course", the Prime Minister said. He pointed out that Bulgarian society was facing many challenges. "Our key task is to work towards integrity and encourage economic development", the Prime Minister added. Mr. Oresharski briefed representatives of civil organizations that initiated the petition on the work of the government so far and plans for next year.

Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski met with the President of Westinghouse
12 December 2013

Westinghouse Electric Company, Toshiba Corporation and the Bulgarian Energy Holding signed an agreement to begin negotiations on building Unit 7 of Kozloduy Nuclear Power Plant

Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski met with Danny Roderick, Chief Executive Officer and President of Westinghouse Electric Company. The two discussed possibilities for future cooperation in the field of nuclear energy and the possibility to build a nuclear power unit using Westinghouse AP 1000 reactor.

After talks between Westinghouse Electric Company, Toshiba Corporation and the Bulgarian Energy Holding (BEH) an agreement was signed to begin negotiations for developing the possibility to build Unit 7 of Kozloduy NPP using AP1000 pressurized water reactor.  In upcoming months Westinghouse and Toshiba Corporation will begin defining and specifying the parameters and details of the potential project.

Plamen Oresharski: Our response to events of recent months is responsible government that delivers good results
12 December 2013

The Prime Minister assessed the situation in Bulgaria and outlined government priorities for next year at a meeting with ambassadors of EU and NATO countries

"Bulgaria has been through difficult moments over the last 24 years - suspension of foreign debt payments, hyperinflation, and national efforts to stabilize the economic and social structure - but they have always been associated with objective preconditions. The political crisis over the past year is primarily subjective and is a result of the unwillingness of parties that did not enter the government to assume their role as opposition. History teaches that such resistance is typical of dictatorship-like regimes, which is yet another indirect evidence of the nature of governance over the previous four years.", Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski told ambassadors of EU and NATO Member States. The meeting was initiated by the Prime Minister to mark the first six months of the cabinet. Deputy Prime Ministers Zinaida Zlatanova, Daniela Bobeva and Tsvetlin Yovchev and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Todor Churov also took part in the two hour meeting.

Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski signes the condolences book at the Embassy of South Africa
12 December 2013

Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski honored the memory of Nelson Mandela by signing a condolence book at the Embassy of South Africa in Bulgaria. "Condolences on the passing of a great politician and champion for civil rights and freedom of others. Honor to his memory", the Prime Minister wrote.

Plamen Oresharski: Bulgaria has always supported western Balkan countries', and particularly Serbia's, EU integration
11 December 2013

The governments of Bulgaria and Serbia are expected to discuss the details of a meeting to be held next year. Work is done on new Belgrade-Sofia and Belgrade-Varna air services  

Bulgaria has always supported western Balkan countries', and particularly Serbia's EU integration. It is in our interest that our neighbors are EU members, and figuratively speaking to remove the borders, objects of disputes throughout history, through our common EU membership, said Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski following talks with Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Da

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