“Citizens for Europe” held session on labour and employment

In the premises of the European Union in Sarajevo yesterday was held a public dialogue between civil society and over 20 representatives from state and entity level authorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina in the sector of labour and employment. At the session, the initiative “Citizens for Europe” perceived the lack of progress in implementing reforms in labour and employment sector in BiH over the past year, and had a discussion on possible solutions for their faster implementation in the future.

Key reforms advocated by members of the initiative “Citizens for Europe” included the separation of active and passive job seekers, and the relocation of health insurance from employment service to other institutions, so that they could focus on its primary task of finding a job. Members of the initiative have publicly presented the same recommendations to authorities last year.

Deputy Head of EU Delegation to BiH, Renzo Daviddi, said how it is important that the activities under the initiative “Citizens for Europe” continue, and that NGOs can do much to help the authorities in addressing these challenges.

The initiative “Citizens for Europe” is led by VESTA association, with membership of more than 40 civil society organizations from all over the country, under the auspices of the European Union Special Representative.