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ROBG-144 “SEM Centres: Cross-border Sustainable Employment Mix-Centres in the fields of information technologies, tourism and agriculture”

What’s the goal?

To improve the cross-border labour market conditions towards an integrated market with better employment rates.

What’s the budget?

365,754.59 euro, out of which 310,891.41ERDF

Target at the half of the implementation period: 37,775 euro for Lead Beneficiary, 29,163 euro for Beneficiary 2 and 45,492 euro for Beneficiary 3.

Who is doing it?

Lead Beneficiary (LB): Cross Border Association E(quilibrum) Environment (C.B.A.E.E) (Romania)

Beneficiary 2 (B2): National Tourism Cluster “Bulgarian Guide”(Bulgaria)

Beneficiary 3 (B3): Regional Agribusiness Center-Vidin /RABC/ (Bulgaria)

When is it happening?

Start date: 13.05.2017

End date: 12.11.2018

Duration: 18 months

Where is it happening?

Dolj in Romania

Vidin in Bulgaria

How is it going to happen?

  • Emerging occupations in the fields of agriculture, tourism and IT in the CB area;
  • Legal and tax framework for creating a business in the CB region;
  • Elaboration of two separate Guides “Doing business in CB-region” and “Labor conditions and regulations in the CB-region”;
  • Establishment of cross-border SEM-Centres;
  • Organization of trainings in Sustainable Employment in the CB region;
  • Design, creation and content management of an online training system;
  • Joint labor exchange for organizations and job-applicants – Sustainable Employment Job-Fair;
  • Information and publicity Campaign (press-conference, press releases, promotional materials: brochures, T-shirts promoting the Sustainable Employment, flash memory storage devices, engraved key-chains, caps, folder, pens;

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

Programme outputs:

- 12 initiatives (trainings, education schemes, websites, agreements, networks, job-fairs etc.) that activate workforce mobility in the cross border area: 1 joint training platform, 5 joint online trainings, 5 joint regional training, 1 joint job-fair

- 200 participants in joint local employment initiatives and joint training;

- 200 participants in joint educational and training schemes to support youth employment, educational opportunities and higher and vocational education across borders.

Programme results: population that have access to joint employment initiatives – 150,000 participants.

Project status

The project team was set up and the project partners proceeded with awarding the procurement contracts planned in the project. A comparative analysis defining the labor market conditions and the economic environment in the cross-border region in Romania and Bulgaria with a focus on the target sectors - tourism, agriculture and ICT - was elaborated by the service providers selected by the LB and Beneficiary 3. The results of the analysis were compiled into a “Strategy for supporting investments and employment opportunities in the CB-region in view of the synergies between the SEM-sectors”. Data for 2 joint labour exchange databases was also collected. 2 Guides "Joint labour conditions and regulations in the CB region” and "Doing Business in the cross-border region" were developed and printed in 3 languages by the LB and Beneficiary 2. The necessary equipment for the establishment of the cross-border SEM-Centres was purchased.

An online training system that will host the planned online training courses in the field of Tourism, Agriculture and IT was developed and is available atwww.sem-centres.eu.

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