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UCLM – eMS code: 131

United for a Common Labor Market: an integrated approach for labor mobility within the cross-border area between Romania and Bulgaria

What’s the goal?

Facilitating the employment and the labor mobility in the CBC area through a holistic approach that connects local public administration with private business and individual citizens from Romania and Bulgaria.

What’s the budget?

524,957.17 euro, out of which 446,213.59 euro ERDF

Target at the half of the implementation period: 284.710 euro for EMMA Foundation and 129.199 euro for European Information Centre

Who is doing it?

Lead beneficiary (LB): EMMA Foundation (Romania)

Beneficiary 2 (B2): European Information Centre (Bulgaria)

When is it happening?

Start date: 03.03.2017

End date: 02.06.2018

Duration: 15 months

Where is it happening?

Giurgiu, Teleorman in Romania

Veliko Turnovo, Ruse in Bulgaria

How is it going to happen?                      

  • Developing a CBC joint network of LPAs, recruitment companies and vocational schools
  • Vocational training for youth in both regions
  • An awareness campaign for promoting employment opportunities throughout the CBC area
  • A CBC online job platform for economic interconnections between stakeholders
  • Creating joint methods and common tools

What will be the results (what’s the contribution to the Programme)?

Programme outputs: 12 initiatives that activate workforce mobility in the cross border area; 1030 participants in joint local employment initiatives and joint training; 2000 participants in joint educational and training schemes to support youth employment, educational opportunities and higher and vocational education across borders;  

Programme results: 234,607 persons from Giurgiu, Teleorman, Veliko Turnovo and Ruse municipalities will have access to joint employment initiatives

Project status

The sociological studies were completed. Each study was translated in the other language (the RO study in BG and vice versa) and unified, in order to be made accessible for both countries. The conference presenting the studies results took place on 30.06.2017, in Giurgiu.

The network was created by recruiting organizations, LPAs and vocational schools, which got toghether to discuss the labour market and the opportunities for common projects and cooperation in 4 network meeting organized in Veliko Tarnovo (20.07.2017), Giurgiu (28.07.2017), Ruse (05.10.2017) and Alexandria (13.10.2017).

The content for the 2 guides - “The Romania – Bulgaria cross border employers guide” and the “The Romania – Bulgaria cross border employee guide” was delivered by the contractor.

In July 2017, the development of the bilingual job platform was finalized and it is being populated with relevant content and job opportunities. The platform aims at the interconnection of jobseekers with employers, and the establishment of common business interests in the cross border area

The first two of the planned four cross-border job fairs were organized in Veliko Tarnovo (18-19.10.2017) and Giurgiu (20-21.10.2017).

More information on the project is available on the project website that can be accessed at


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