Inclusive employment project meeting
During the Varna Forum days, NASO met with representatives of social service providers from the northeast region and other Bulgarian cities. The meeting was held under ‘Partnership for a better life’ project implementation focusing on the role of social services in supporting disability employment. Georgi Georgiev, project coordinator, presented the situation of disability employment in Bulgaria and Europe and the project tasks and activities. The presentation and the ensuing discussion focused on extremely high unemployment rate among people with disabilities in Bulgaria, the need for measures to support inclusive employment in the open labour market and the need for partnership between social service providers, employers, state and local authorities and people with disabilities.
Information was provided about the building of national social service network aimed at supporting and coaching people with disabilities for open labour market participation and employment.
Kremena Kalcheva, director general at DG Employment Services to the Employment Agency, talked about the new elements in the state policy on this topic and the Agency’s commitments.