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Bulgarian Employment Promotion Act
Bulgarian Employment Promotion Act - Invest Bulgaria.com

Employment Promotion Act
Promulgated, State Gazette No. 112/29.12.2001, effective 1.01.2002, amended, SG No. 54/31.05.2002, effective 1.12.2002, SG No. 120/29.12.2002, effective 1.01.2003, amended and supplemented, SG No. 26/21.03.2003, amended, SG No. 86/30.09.2003, effective 1.01.2004, SG No. 114/30.12.2003, SG No. 52/18.06.2004, effective 1.08.2004, SG No. 81/17.09.2004, effective 1.01.2005, supplemented, SG No. 27/29.03.2005, amended and supplemented, SG No. 38/3.05.2005, SG No. 18/28.02.2006, amended, SG No. 30/11.04.2006, effective 12.07.2006, No. 33/21.04.2006
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*Note: An update of the English text of this Act is being prepared
following the amendments in SG No. 48/13.06.2006, (effective
1.07.2006)


Chapter One
GENERAL DISPOSITIONS
Article 1. This Act regulates social relations upon:
1. promotion and support of employment;
2. vocational information and consultation and the vocational training of unemployed and employed persons;
3. intermediation for furnishing information and placement of Bulgarian citizens abroad and of Bulgarian and foreign citizens in the Republic of Bulgaria.
Article 2. Upon realization of the rights and discharge of the duties under this Act, no direct or indirect discrimination and privileges or restrictions shall be admissible on the basis of nationality, origin, gender, sexual orientation, race, skin colour, age, political and religious convictions, affiliation to trade-union and other public organizations and movements, marital, social and property status, and mental and physical disabilities.
Article 3. The State shall implement employment policy in cooperation and after consultation with the representative employers' and workers' organizations and with representatives of other not-for-profit legal entities as well.
Chapter Two
EMPLOYMENT AUTHORITIES
Section I
Central Employment Authorities
Article 4. (1) The Council of Ministers shall determine the state policy in the field of employment.
(2) Acting on a motion by the Minister of Labour and Social Policy, the Council of Ministers shall adopt annually a National Employment Action Plan.
(3) (New, SG No. 26/2003) Upon the lapse of the first six months of each financial year, the Minister of Labour and Social Policy, after consultation with the National Employment Promotion Board, may reallocate any unabsorbed financial resources from one functional region and/or programme and measure to another other functional region and/or programme and measures which can absorb additional resources.
Article 5. (1) The executive authorities shall create conditions for promotion of the employment of citizens who wish and are able to work and who actively seek a job, invoking the rights granted thereto under this Act.
(2) The executive authorities shall implement the employment promotion policy and the policy of training for attainment of vocational qualification targeting the persons outside the public education and higher education system.
Article 6. (1) The Minister of Labour and Social Policy shall develop, coordinate and implement the state policy of promotion of employment of unemployed persons and of training of unemployed and employed persons for attainment of vocational qualification, and shall ensure protection of the national labour market.
(2) The Ministry of Labour and Social Policy, acting jointly with the other government ministries and the social partners, shall elaborate annually a National Employment Action Plan.
Article 7. (1) (Amended, SG No. 26/2003) There shall be established a National Employment Agency with the Minister of Labour and Social Policy for execution of the state policy of employment promotion, protection of the labour market, vocational information and consultation, vocational and motivational training of unemployed and employed persons, as well as for provision of job placement intermediation services.
(2) The National Employment Agency shall be an executive agency, a second-level spending unit with the Minister of Labour and Social Policy, and shall be a legal person with a head office in Sofia.
(3) The National Employment Agency shall be represented and managed by an Executive Director.
(4) In the work thereof, the Executive Director of the National Employment Agency shall be assisted by a Board consisting of representatives of the nationally representative workers' and employers' organizations.
(5) The operation, structure and staff size of the National Employment Agency and the number and territorial scope of the divisions thereof shall be defined by Rules of Organization which shall be adopted by the Council of Ministers on a motion by the Minister of Labour and Social Policy.
Article 8. (1) There shall be established a National Employment Promotion Board with the Minister of Labour and Social Policy as a standing body for cooperation and consultation in the development of employment policy.
(2) The National Employment Promotion Board shall consist of an equal number of representatives designated by the Council of Ministers and the nationally representative employers' and workers' organizations.
(3) By decision of the National Employment Promotion Board, representatives of other not-for-profit legal entities may likewise be invited to attend the meetings of the said Board.
(4) The National Employment Promotion Board shall be chaired by the Minister of Labour and Social Policy or by an official designated thereby.
(5) The National Employment Promotion Board shall adopt rules of organization and operation thereof.
(6) The National Employment Promotion Board shall perform the following functions:
1. discuss and give opinions on the development and implementation of the employment policy and of the National Employment Action Plan;
2. periodically familiarize itself with data regarding the state of the labour market and the effectiveness of the employment promotion measures and programmes as implemented;
3. propose to the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy the elaboration of draft statutory instruments, measures and programmes for employment promotion;
4. discuss and give opinions on draft statutory instruments associated with the labour market;
5. discuss drafts and give opinions on agreements between the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy and other ministries, government institutions and non-governmental organizations on joint action on matters of employment.
(7) The Ministry of Labour and Social Policy shall make organizational and technical arrangements for the operation of the National Employment Promotion Board.
Section II
Regional Employment Authorities
Article 9. (1) The state policy in the field of employment and training for attainment of vocational qualification at the regional level shall be implemented by the administrative regional administrations, the bodies of local self-government jointly with the local divisions of the National Employment Agency, the local divisions of ministries, organizations and the social partners.
(2) Standing or ad hoc Employment Commissions shall be established by decision of the Council for Functional-Regional Development with the Council of Ministers and by decision of the Administrative-Regional Councils for Functional-Regional Development.
(3) Employment Commissions with the Administrative-Regional Councils for Functional-Regional Development shall be chaired by the Regional Governors or a representative of the administrative regional administration thereby designated.
(4) The rules of organization and operation of the Employment Commissions shall be adopted by the Administrative-Regional Councils for Functional-Regional Development.
(5) Employment Commissions with the Administrative-Regional Councils for Functional-Regional Development shall include representatives of:
1. the administrative regional administration and the municipalities within the territory of the administrative region concerned;
2. the local divisions of the National Employment Agency;
3. the ministries and other government institutions;
4. the administrative regional structures of the representatives employers' organizations and the representative workers' organizations;
5. sectoral and branch organizations;
6. not-for-profit legal entities in the functional region whereof the activities are related to issues of employment and training for attainment of vocational qualification;
7. other local structures.
Article 10. Employment Commissions with the Administrative Regional Councils for Functional-Regional Development shall conform the performance of the activities thereof to the priorities of:
1. the National Economic Development Plan;
2. the National Plan for Regional Development;
3. the National Employment Action Plan;
4. the Administrative-Regional Development Plan;
5. the municipal development strategies and plans.
Article 11. (1) Organizational and technical arrangements for the operation of Employment Commissions with the Administrative Regional Council shall be made under terms and according to a procedure established by the Rules of Organization and Operation of the Council for Functional-Regional Development with the Council of Ministers and of the Administrative-Regional Councils for Functional-Regional Development.
(2) The members of the commissions referred to in Article 9 herein shall receive no remuneration for attending the meetings of the said commissions.
Article 12. (1) Cooperation Councils shall be established with the divisions of the National Employment Agency to exercise direct monitoring and supervision over the employment policy as implemented.
(2) A Cooperation Council shall consist of nine members: one representative each of the division of the National Employment Agency, of the local structure of the Ministry of Education and Science and of the municipality, and three representatives each of the recognized representative workers' and employers' organizations.
(3) By decision of a Cooperation Council, representatives of other not-for-profit legal entities may likewise be invited to attend the meetings of the said Council.
(4) Each Cooperation Council shall elect a Chairperson from amongst the members thereof, who shall be rotated after serving a one-year term of office.
(5) Cooperation Councils shall adopt Rules of Organization and Operation thereof.
Article 13. The Regional Governor shall ensure coordination between national and local interests on employment matters upon the elaboration and implementation of administrative-regional plans for functional-regional development and plans for unemployment reduction, and shall interact with the bodies of local self-government and the local administration.
Chapter Three
FINANCING OF ACTIVE LABOUR MARKET POLICY
Article 14. (1) Resources for financing of active labour market policy measures and programmes, as adopted by the Council of Ministers, shall be provided annually by the State Budget of the Republic of Bulgaria Act.
(2) The active labour market policy shall be financed on the basis of approved requests by the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy under terms and according to a procedure established by the Regulations for Application of this Act.
Article 15. The National Employment Agency shall administrate the following revenues:
1. (amended, SG No. 26/2003) fees referred to in Article 28 (6) herein;
2. fees for freelance practice permits;
3. proceeds from advertising, information and publishing activities;
4. (new, SG No. 38/2005) fees for intermediation services provided under contract with foreign employers and licensed intermediation agencies for placement of Bulgarian citizens in other States;
5. (new, SG No. 18/2006) fees for work permits referred to in Article 72 (3) to (6) herein.
Article 16. The resources allocated for active labour market policy shall be spent on:
1. (Amended, SG No. 26/2003) programmes and measures for training for attainment of vocational qualification, motivational training and literacy training of unemployed and employed persons;
2. employment security and employment promotion programmes and measures;
3. programmes and measures encouraging unemployed persons to seek self-employment;
4. protection of the domestic labour market and on implementation of international treaties on exchange of labour force whereto the Republic of Bulgaria is a party;
5. elaboration of national, branch and functional-regional programmes for employment and training for attainment of vocational qualification;
6. implementation of projects for social integration of groups at risk on the labour market;
7. publicity, information and publishing activities related to employment promotion, unemployment and training for attainment of vocational qualification;
8. labour market research, as well as on the collection, processing and dissemination of information on the labour market and assessment of the effect of application of active policy measures and programmes;
9. financing of the operation of vocational training centres established by an act of the Council of Ministers by virtue of intergovernmental agreements;
10. costs of travel, accommodation and study grants during the training of unemployed persons;
11. other costs of increase of employment, where so provided for by an act of the Council of Ministers.
Chapter Four
RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS OF JOB SEEKERS AND OF EMPLOYERS
Section I
General Dispositions
Article 17. (1) The following services under this Act shall be available to persons actively seeking a job:
1. information about job vacancies announced;
2. information about employment security and employment promotion programmes and measures;
3. intermediation for furnishing information and placement;
4. vocational information, consultation and guidance;
5. vocational and motivational training;
6. inclusion in employment programmes and measures;
7. study grant for training for attainment of vocational qualification.
(2) The following services under this Act shall be available to employers:
1. information about persons actively seeking a job;
2. information about employment security and employment promotion programmes and measures;
3. intermediation for hiring of labour;
4. inclusion in employment programmes and measures;
5. incentives and bonuses to sustain and/or increase employment;
6. bonuses for training for attainment of vocational qualification and/or internships.
(3) The terms and the procedure for provision of the services covered under Paragraphs (1) and (2) shall be established by the Regulations for Application of this Act.
Section II
Registration, Rights and Obligations of Persons Actively
Seeking a Job
Article 18. (1) (Amended, SG No. 18/2006, effective as from the date of entry into force of the Treaty concerning the Accession of the Republic of Bulgaria to the European Union) Each Bulgarian citizen, as well as each citizen of another Member State of the European Union, or of another Contracting State to the Agreement on the European Economic Area, who is actively seeking a job may register with the competent local division of the National Employment Agency.
(2) Persons actively seeking a job shall register in any of the following groups:
1. unemployed persons;
2. employed persons wishing to change their job;
3. students wishing to work during off-study time;
4. (amended, SG No. 38/2005) persons who have acquired entitlement to, and persons receiving, a contributory-service and retirement-age pension or an occupational pension for early retirement.
(3) The rights under this Chapter may furthermore be exercised by:
1. foreigners holding a permanent residence permit for the Republic of Bulgaria;
2. persons who have been granted the right of asylum;
3. (amended, SG No. 26/2003) persons who have been granted refugee status or humanitarian status;
4. persons enjoying such rights as provided for in an international treaty whereto the Republic of Bulgaria is a party.
(4) The registration shall be based on permanent or current address. The terms and the procedure for registration shall be established by the Regulations for Application of this Act.
(5) (Amended, SG No. 26/2003) Upon registration, the person shall declare the status thereof under Paragraph (2). The person shall notify the competent division of the National Employment Agency of any change in the circumstances as declared within seven days after occurrence of any such change.
(6) The registration of the persons referred to in Paragraphs (2) and (3) shall be certified according to a procedure established in the Regulations for Application of this Act.
Article 19. (1) (Supplemented, SG No. 26/2003) An individual action plan and schedule of visits shall be drawn up for each registered unemployed person.
(2) Persons who are actively seeking a job may enjoy the rights covered under Article 17 (1) herein as follows:
1. unemployed persons: the rights covered under Items 1 through 7;
2. employed persons wishing to change their job and students wishing to work during off-study time: the rights covered under Items 1, 3 and 4;
3. (amended, SG No. 38/2005) persons who have acquired entitlement to, and persons receiving, a contributory-service and retirement-age pension or an occupational pension for early retirement: the rights covered under Items 1 and 3.
Article 20. (Amended, SG No. 38/2005) (1) Any persons who are registered as unemployed shall be obligated to act on the recommendations of the employment officer, as well as to comply with the actions, time limits and schedule of visits as planned.
(2) Upon written invitation from the competent division of the National Employment Agency, the unemployed persons shall be obligated to present themselves at the date and time as stated.
(3) Registration shall be terminated, where job seekers:
1. change the address of the registration thereof at the Labour Office Directorate without notifying the said Directorate thereof;
2. submit a request for termination at their own free will;
3. die.
(4) Registration of the unemployed persons shall furthermore be terminated in the cases where the said persons:
1. fail to act on the recommendations of the employment officer or to comply with the actions, time limits and schedule of visits as included in the action plan;
2. fail to present themselves at the date and time as stated in a written invitation from the division of the National Employment Agency or within three working days after the said date;
3. fail to observe the schedule of visits to the competent division of the National Employment Agency as assigned thereto;
4. refuse to accept suitable work offered thereto and/or enrollment in a vocational training course, and/or abandon the attendance of any such course and refuse to be included in any employment programmes and measures under this Act;
5. start work and are socially insured or are subject to social insurance according to the procedure established by Article 4 of the Social Insurance Code;
6. acquire entitlement to contributory-service and retirement-age pension or to occupational pension for early retirement;
7. fail to satisfy the requirements of sentence two in Article 18 (5) herein;
8. are included in employment programmes and measures under this Act.
(5) Persons shall be entitled to subsequent registration not earlier than upon the lapse of twelve months after termination of the preceding registration in pursuance of Item 1 of Paragraph (3) and Items 1, 2, 3, 4 and 7 of Paragraph (4).
(6) Any registration terminated in pursuance of Item 1 of Paragraph (3) and Items 1, 2, 3, 4 and 7 of Paragraph (3) shall be restored upon presentation of evidence of the existence of reasonable excuses.
(7) Registration of the following persons shall likewise be restored:
1. any persons who have been socially insured under Article 4 of the Social Insurance Code for a period not exceeding nine months, provided that they have notified the Labour Office Directorate within seven days after the grounds for social insurance have arisen and that they have presented themselves at the Labour Office Directorate within seven days after lapse of the said grounds;
2. any persons who are included in employment programmes and measures according to the procedure established by this Act, who have presented themselves at the Labour Office Directorate within seven days after expiry of the term of validity of the contract under the programme or measure;
3. any persons discharged from conscription or from peacetime alternative service, upon presenting themselves at the Labour Office Directorate within 30 days after the date of the discharge;
4. (amended and supplemented, SG No. 18/2006) any persons who have presented evidence of the existence of reasonable excuses for failing to comply with the time limit for presenting themselves for restoration of the registration under Items 1, 2, 3 and 5;
5. (new, SG No. 18/2006) any persons who have served a custodial sentence within a period not exceeding twelve months after termination of the registration thereof and who have presented themselves at the Labour Office Directorate within 30 days after the date of release.
(8) (Supplemented, SG No. 18/2006) Registration of any persons referred to in Items 3 and 5 of Paragraph (7) shall be restored irrespective of the grounds for termination.
(9) Registration of the persons whereof the participation in employment programmes and measures has been discontinued through a dismissals by reason of misconduct shall not be restored. Any such persons shall be entitled to registration not earlier than upon the lapse of twelve months after the said discharge.
Article 21. (1) The registration shall be terminated and restored by decision of the head of the competent division of the National Employment Agency.
(2) (Amended, SG No. 38/2005) The decisions referred to in Paragraph (1) shall be issued, executed and appealed according to the procedure established by the Administrative Procedure Code.
(3) The National Employment Agency shall submit information to the National Social Security Institute regarding the decisions issued under Paragraph (1).
Section III
Rights and Obligations of Employers
Article 22. (1) (Repealed, SG No. 26/2003).
(2) Employers may announce the following at the divisions of the National Employment Agency:
1. job vacancies;
2. the needs of training of employees for attainment of vocational qualification and their own capacity to organize such training.
(3) (Amended, SG No. 26/2003) Within seven working days, employers shall be obligated to inform the divisions of the National Employment Agency of:
1. any occupied and closed job positions that have been announced as vacant;
2. (New, SG No. 26/2003) any persons hired upon referral by the National Employment Agency;
3. (Renumbered from Item 2, SG No. 26/2003) any unemployed persons who have refused to accept suitable work offered thereto;
4. (Renumbered from Item 3, SG No. 26/2003) their refusal to hire job seekers upon referral by the divisions of the National Employment Agency.
(4) Employers shall place requests for training of the personnel hired thereby for attainment of vocational qualification, as well as for the demand for labour by type of speciality under terms and according to a procedure established by the Regulations for Application of this Act.
(5) Employers shall be free to select on their own the job seekers who have been recommended thereto by the division of the National Employment Agency or to require from the National Employment Agency to perform the selection on the basis of a request placed in advance.
(6) Intermediation services of the National Employment Agency shall be available to foreign employers under terms and according to a procedure established by the Council of Ministers.
Article 23. When announcing job vacancies, employers shall be prohibited from setting any qualifying requirements involving gender, age, nationality, ethnic identity or health condition. Exceptions shall be permissible solely in respect of gender, age and reduced working capacity where the gender, age or health condition, as the case may be, are essential elements of the job owing to its nature.
Chapter Five
NOTIFYING PROCEDURE UPON COLLECTIVE DISMISSALS
Article 24. (1) (Supplemented, SG No. 26/2003, amended, SG No. 52/2004) Any employer shall notify in writing the competent division of the National Employment Agency and the workers' representatives at the enterprise of any contemplated collective dismissals not later than 45 days prior to the dismissal date.
(2) (Amended, SG No. 26/2003) The division of the National Employment Agency shall transmit copies of the notification referred to in Paragraph (1) to:
1. the municipal administration;
2. the local division of the National Social Security Institute;
3. the local division of the General Labour Inspectorate Executive Agency.
(3) (Amended, SG No. 52/2004) The notification referred to in Paragraph (1) must include all the relevant information covered under Article 130a (2) of the Labour Code regarding the contemplated collective dismissals, as well as regarding the advance consultations held with the workers' representatives.
Article 25. (1) Upon receipt of the notification referred to in Article 24 herein, teams shall be formed, consisting of a representative of the employer, representatives of the workers' organizations at the enterprise concerned, a representative of the competent division of the National Employment Agency, and a representative of the municipal administration.
(2) The teams referred to in Paragraph (1) shall draft the necessary measures aimed at:
1. employment placement intermediation;
2. training for attainment of vocational qualification;
3. own business start-up;
4. alternative employment programmes.
(3) The drafts covered under Paragraph (2) shall be submitted for approval to the Regional Employment Commission, with applications for financing submitted on the basis of the said drafts under terms and according to a procedure established by the Regulations for Application of this Act.
Chapter Six
EMPLOYMENT PROMOTION
Section I
Intermediation Services
Article 26. Job placement intermediation services shall include:
1. furnishing information and consultation to job seekers and to employers;
2. psychological counselling of job seekers;
3. referral to appropriate employment programmes and measures;
4. referral to vocational and/or motivational training;
5. guidance and support for starting work, including work in another nucleated settlement in Bulgaria or in other States;
6. services for own business start-ups.
Article 27. (1) (Amended, SG No. 26/2003) Employers and job seekers shall be entitled to use job placement intermediation services.
(2) (Amended, SG No. 26/2003) Job placement intermediation services shall be organized and provided by:
1. the National Employment Agency;
2. (amended, SG No. 18/2006, effective as from the date of entry into force of the Treaty concerning the Accession of the Republic of Bulgaria to the European Union) any persons who have the right to provide job placement intermediation services according to Bulgarian legislation, the legislation of another Member State of the European Union, or of another Contracting State to the Agreement on the European Economic Area.
(3) The National Employment Agency shall provide intermediation services:
1. (amended, SG No. 18/2006, effective as from the date of entry into force of the Treaty concerning the Accession of the Republic of Bulgaria to the European Union) at no charge: for placement of persons covered under Article 18 (1) and (3) herein;
2. at no charge: for placement of Bulgarian citizens abroad, as well as of foreigners in Bulgaria in implementation of an international treaty whereto the Republic of Bulgaria is a party;
3. (amended, SG No. 18/2006) under a contract with foreign employers and licensed job placement intermediation agencies, which pay a fee for intermediation services performed, and with similar foreign institutions for placement of Bulgarian citizens in other States.
Article 28. (Amended, SG No. 26/2003) (1) The persons referred to in Item 2 of Article 27 (2) herein shall practise job placement intermediation for placement in the Republic of Bulgaria, in other States and of seafarers proceeding from a registration at the National Employment Agency.
(2) The job placement intermediation, practised by the persons referred to in Item 2 of Article 27 (2) herein, shall include the provision, whether jointly or separately, of the intermediation services referred to in Items 1, 2, 4 and 5 of Article 26 herein.
(3) For practice of the placement intermediation referred to in Paragraph (2), the persons referred to in Item 2 of Article 27 (2) herein shall conclude a placement intermediation contract with:
1. the job seekers;
2. (amended, SG No. 18/2006) the employers, including the shipowners, seeking factory and office workers.
(4) (Amended, SG No. 18/2006) Any placement intermediation contract concluded with a foreign employer, including a shipowner, shall be registered at the National Employment Agency under terms and according to a procedure established by the ordinance referred to in Paragraph (8). The persons referred to in Item 2 of Article 27 (2) herein shall perform the service referred to in Item 5 of Article 26 herein after registration at the National Employment Agency of a placement intermediation contract concluded with a foreign employer, including a shipowner.
(5) The Minister of Labour and Social Policy or an official authorized thereby shall issue a certificate of registration for practice of job placement intermediation.
(6) The persons referred to in Item 2 of Article 27 (2) herein shall pay a fee fixed by a rate schedule of the Council of Ministers for:
1. registration for practice of job placement intermediation for placement in the Republic of Bulgaria;
2. registration for practice of job placement intermediation for placement in other States and of seafarers;
3. (amended, SG No. 18/2006) registration of a placement intermediation contract with a foreign employer, including a shipowner.
(7) (Amended, SG No. 18/2006) Job placement intermediation practised by the persons referred to in Item 2 of Article 27 (2) herein shall be practised:
1. (new, SG No. 18/2006) in consideration of pay on the part of the employers;
2. (new, SG No. 18/2006) at no charge: without charging directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, any fees or other payments to the job seekers or the employed persons.
(8) The Council of Minister shall issue an ordinance establishing:
1. the terms and the procedure for practice of job placement intermediation;
2. the terms and the procedure for registration of the persons referred to in Item 2 of Article 27 (2) herein for practice of job placement intermediation and for refusal and termination of any such registration;
3. (repealed, SG No. 18/2006) ;
4. the mandatory requirements for the content of placement intermediation contracts.
Article 29. (Amended, SG No. 26/2003) (1) Any natural and/or legal persons practising job placement intermediation without registration may register upon the lapse of three years after the effective date of the penalty decree on imposition of an administrative sanctions under Article 81 (1) herein.
(2) Any natural and/or legal persons whereof the registration for practice of job placement intermediation has been terminated may register again upon the lapse of three years after the effective date of the act on termination of the said registration.
Section II
Planning of Employment Promotion Programmes and Measures
Article 30. (1) Employment promotion programmes and measures under this Act shall be implemented upon approval by the National Employment Promotion Board and by the Functional-Regional Employment Commissions and after financing has been provided therefor in the respective annual budget.
(2) The Ministry of Labour and Social Policy shall submit annually to the Ministry of Finance financing estimates for implementation of employment promotion programmes and measures through the State Budget of the Republic of Bulgaria Act.
(3) In accordance with the procedures for elaboration of a draft budget for the relevant year, the National Employment Agency shall submit to the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy a proposal containing the employment promotion programmes and measures to be implemented in the course of the plan year.
(4) The Minister of Labour and Social Policy shall endorse annually the plan of the National Employment Agency and shall ensure financing for the implementation of the said plan.
(5) (Amended, SG No. 26/2003, SG No. 38/2005) The terms, the procedure and the criteria for enjoyment of incentives for implementation of employment promotion programmes and measures shall be established by the Regulations for Application of this Act.
(6) (Repealed, SG No. 26/2003, new, SG No. 38/2005) The terms and procedure for enjoyment of incentives under employment and training programmes shall be established in the relevant programme and/or rules and shall be endorsed by an order of the Minister of Labour and Social Policy.
(7) (Repealed, SG No. 26/2003).
(8) The members of Employment Commissions and Cooperation Councils with the divisions of the National Employment Agency shall supervise and monitor the processes upon implementation of programmes and measures.
Article 30a. (New, SG No. 26/2003) (1) For implementation of the employment promotion programmes and measures, there shall be provided financial resources, intended for:
1. labour remunerations;
2. supplementary remunerations at the minimum amount fixed in the Labour Code and in the statutory instruments for the application thereof;
3. remunerations for basic paid annual leave under Article 155 of the Labour Code;
4. (supplemented, SG No. 38/2005) contributions due for the account of the employer to the Pensions Fund, the Employment Injury and Occupational Disease Fund, the General Sickness and Maternity Fund, on the gross labour remuneration paid, including the remuneration referred to in Item 3, but in any case on not less than the minimum amount of the contributory income under Article 6 (3) of the Social Insurance Code, as well as to the supplementary compulsory retirement insurance funds and the National Health Insurance Fund;
5. (supplemented, SG No. 38/2005) contributions due for the account of the employer to the Unemployment Fund on the gross labour remuneration paid, including the remuneration referred to in Item 3, but in any case not less than the minimum amount of the contributory income under Article 6 (3) of the Social Insurance Code;
6. cash benefits referred to in Article 40 (4) of the Social Insurance Code;
7. training for attainment of vocational qualification, motivational training and literacy training;
8. encouragement of the geographical mobility of the unemployed persons registered at the divisions of the National Employment Agency;
9. a study grant, travel and accommodation expenses of the trainees in literacy training or in training for attainment of vocational qualification: for the period of training; travel and accommodation expenses of trainees in motivational training;
10. (amended, SG No. 38/2005) interest on loans extended under guarantee schemes of the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy to loan-finance persons with disabilities, upon the start and pursuit of business and creation of new jobs;
11. (supplemented, SG No. 38/2005) costs of use of outside consulting services and ancillary services by the persons referred to in Article 47 (1) and Articles 49 and 49a herein, of a nomenclature and limits on the resources determined according to the Regulations for Application of this Act;
12. loan for training in the objects of economic activity and/or management of the said activity according to the approved business project under Article 47 (1) herein;
13. additional financial resources for hiring of another unemployed family member without entitlement to cash benefit under Article 47 (4) herein;
14. costs incurred for land tillage, for seeds and planting stock, for fertilizer and plant protection products under an approved business project for agricultural operation;
15. (new, SG No. 38/2005) costs incurred for the purchase of farm animals, including bee families, silkworms, fish and fishery stocking material, as well as the equipment required for their raising, beekeeping implements and medicinal products, under an approved project for agricultural operation;
16. (new, SG No. 38/2005, amended, SG No. 18/2006) costs of own business start-up;
17. (new, SG No. 18/2006) encouragement of unemployed persons, referred to in Article 42a herein, who receive monthly social assistance benefits, to start work without the intermediation of the National Employment Agency.
(2) (Amended, SG No. 18/2006) According to the intended purpose thereof, the financial resources covered under Paragraph (1) shall be allocated as follows:
1. under Items 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6: to the employer who or which has hired an unemployed person upon referral by the divisions of the National Employment Agency;
2. (supplemented, SG No. 18/2006) under Item 7: to the training organization and to the employer delivering the training, as well as to the persons referred to in Articles 48a, 49 and 49a herein;
3. under Items 8 and 9: to unemployed persons registered at the divisions of the National Employment Agency;
4. (amended, SG No. 38/2005) under Item 10: to persons with disabilities who have received loans under guarantee schemes of the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy;
5. (supplemented, SG No. 38/2005 amended, SG No. 18/2006) under Item 11: to unemployed persons registered at the divisions of the National Employment Agency with entitlement to cash benefit, who have received a lump sum under Article 47 (1), Article 49 (1) and Article 49a (1) herein;
6. (new, SG No. 18/2006) under Item 12: to unemployed persons registered at the divisions of the National Employment Agency with entitlement to cash benefit, who have received a lump sum according to the procedure established by Article 47 (1) herein;
7. (renumbered from Item 6 and amended, SG No. 18/2006) under Item 13: to the persons who have received a lump sum under Article 47 (1) herein and according to Article 47 (4) herein provide employment under the approved project to another unemployed family member without entitlement to cash benefit;
8. (amended and supplemented, SG No. 38/2005, renumbered from Item 7, SG No. 18/2006) under Items 14, 15 and 16: to unemployed persons after approval of a business project by the divisions of the National Employment Agency;
9. (new, SG No. 18/2006) under Item 17: to persons referred to in Article 42a (1) herein.
(3) Annually, the National Action Plan for Employment shall fix the financial resources covered under Paragraph (1) and the amount of the said resources allocated to the separate employment promotion programmes and measures.
Article 30b. (New, SG No. 26/2003) (1) The financial resources covered under Article 30a herein shall be provided on the basis of a contract concluded between the local division of the National Employment Agency and:
1. the unemployed person;
2. the employer;
3. the training organization.
4. (new, SG No. 18/2006) any person referred to in Article 42a (1) herein or in Article 48a herein.
(2) Any contract referred to in Paragraph (1) shall mandatorily state:
1. the type of the employment promotion programme or measure;
2. the term of validity of the contract;
3. the intended use and amount of the financial resources provided;
4. the liability of the parties for non-performance of the contract.
(3) (Amended, SG No. 18/2006) The financial resources provided according to the procedure established by Paragraph (1) shall be used as intended by the employer, the unemployed person, the person referred to in Article 42a (1) and Article 48a herein, and the training institution.
Article 30c. (New, SG No. 26/2003) (1) The state bodies and the other public-financed organizations may conclude contracts of employment outside the staff size endorsed thereto with persons referred under employment programmes by the divisions of the National Employment Agency but solely within the framework of the National Employment Action Plan.
(2) (Repealed, SG No. 114/2003).
(3) (Repealed, SG No. 114/2003).
Article 31. (1) (Supplemented, SG No. 26/2003) The Council of Ministers, the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy and the National Employment Agency, individual ministries and other government institutions or administrative regional administrations and the social partners may develop and propose for financing and implementation programmes for increase of employment related to the priorities of the National Economic Development Plan, the National Plan for Regional Development and the National Employment Action Plan, as well as programmes for employment, literary training and vocational training of disadvantaged groups on the labour market.
(2) The following institutions shall be responsible for development and implementation of employment programmes:
1. for national programmes: the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy and the National Employment Agency;
2. for branch programmes: the competent line ministries (structures) jointly with branch trade union organizations, branch chambers, the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy and the National Employment Agency;
3. for functional-regional programmes: the Employment Commissions with the Administrative-Regional Councils.
(3) (New, SG No. 26/2003, amended, SG No. 38/2005) The Employment Commissions with the Administrative-Regional Councils for Functional-Regional Development shall propose to the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy functional-regional programmes for literacy training, vocational training and/or employment.
(4) (Renumbered from Paragraph (3), SG No. 26/2003) The programmes covered under Paragraph (1), which are financed by the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy, shall be endorsed by the Minister of Labour and Social Policy under terms and according to a procedure established by the Regulations for Application of this Act.
Article 32. (1) Employment Commissions with the Administrative Regional Councils for Functional-Regional Development shall organize the implementation of short-term or medium-term employment promotion programmes.
(2) (Repealed, SG No. 26/2003).
Article 33. (1) Functional-Regional Employment Programmes shall specify the objectives, priorities and tools for implementation of the state policy in the field of employment. The said programmes shall include measures and projects conforming to the priorities of the National Economic Development Plan, the National Plan for Regional Development and the National Employment Action Plan.
(2) Functional-Regional Employment Programmes shall include all employment promotion projects in accordance with the state priorities applicable to the territory of the respective administrative region, as well as municipal projects and projects of other legal persons approved by the Employment Commission.
(3) Functional-Regional Employment Programmes shall be elaborated annually and shall be proposed for coordination under terms and according to a procedure established by the Regulations for Application of this Act.
Section III
Youth Employment
(Heading amended, SG No. 26/2003)
Article 34. (Repealed, SG No. 26/2003).
Article 35. (Repealed, SG No. 26/2003).
Article 36. (Amended, SG No. 26/2003) (1) (Supplemented, SG No. 27/2005, amended, SG No. 18/2006) For each job created and filled by an unemployed person under 29 years of age, who is hired upon referral by the competent division of the National Employment Agency, the employer shall be provided with sums according to Article 30a (2) herein for the shorter of the period of employment of any such person and twelve months.
(2) (Amended, SG No. 38/2005, supplemented, SG No. 18/2006) For each job created and filled by an unemployed permanently disabled person under 29 years of age, including a war-disabled person, as well as by young persons from social institutions who have completed their education, who are hired upon referral by the National Employment Agency, the employer shall be provided with sums according to Article 30a (2) herein for the shorter of the period of employment of any such persons and twelve months.
Article 37. (Amended, SG No. 26/2003) For each job created and filled by an unemployed person with registration maintained without interruption for not less than twelve months, who is hired upon referral by the National Employment Agency, the employer shall be provided with sums according to Article 30a (2) herein for the shorter of the period of employment of any such person and twelve months.
Article 38. (Repealed, SG No. 26/2003).
Article 39. (Amended, SG No. 120/2002, repealed, SG No. 26/2003).
Article 40. (Amended, SG No. 26/2003) (1) The National Employment Agency, acting jointly with the job associations, shall develop and implement employment projects and programmes in the public interest of a national and regional character. The job associations shall apply to the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy for financing of any such projects and programmes.
(2) The associations referred to in Paragraph (1) shall register under the effective legislation with core objects of the business thereof being provision of employment to unemployed persons registered at the local divisions of the National Employment Agency.
(3) For each unemployed person, who is hired under a contract of employment upon referral by the National Employment Agency under projects and programmes referred to in Paragraph (1), sums according to Article 30a (2) herein shall be provided for the shorter of the time actually worked out of the term of the contract of employment and twelve months.
Article 41. (Amended, SG No. 26/2003) For each job created for training for attainment of vocational qualification and/or internship, filled by an unemployed person under 29 years of age who is hired upon referral by the divisions of the National Employment Agency, the employer shall be provided with sums according to Article 30a (2) herein for the shorter of the period of training and/or internship of any such job holder and six months.
Section IV
Programmes and Measures for Transition from Passive to Active
Labour Market Measures
Article 42. (1) (Amended, SG No. 26/2003, SG No. 38/2005, SG No. 18/2006) Any unemployed persons, who have been hired to work upon referral by the divisions of the National Employment Agency for a period not shorter than six months outside the limits of the nucleated settlement where the said persons have a registration under Article 18 (4) herein,, shall receive lump sums for travel expenses according to Article 30a (2) herein.
(2) (Amended, SG No. 26/2003, SG No. 18/2006) Any unemployed persons, who have been referred by the divisions of the National Employment Agency to a specific employer for placement outside the limits of the nucleated settlement, shall be paid monthly sums for commuter travel expenses according to Article 30a (2) herein for a period not exceeding twelve months, and for travel expenses to present themselves to an employer for hiring to work.
Article 42a. (New, SG No. 18/2006) (1) Any persons who start work without intermediation of the said Agency, having been registered as unemployed at the local divisions of the National Employment Agency and having received monthly social assistance benefits, shall be paid monthly sums according to Article 30a (2) herein for the shorter of the period of employment of any such persons and twelve months.
(2) Entitlement to monthly sums under Paragraph (1) shall accrue to any unemployed persons who:
1. have received monthly social assistance benefits for a period of not less than six months immediately before starting work;
2. are persons entitled to monthly social assistance, registered at the local division of the National Employment Agency, who were included in employment promotion programmes and measures and who start work not later than six months after the date of termination of the contract under the relevant programme or measure by reason of lapse of the term for which the said contract was concluded;
3. are permanently disabled persons of working age, entitled to monthly social assistance, registered at the local divisions of the National Employment Agency;
4. are single parents of working age, entitled to monthly social assistance, registered at the local divisions of the National Employment Agency.
(3) The sums referred to in Paragraph (1) shall be paid to the persons subject to the condition that the said persons:
1. have started work under an employment relationship for an indefinite duration or for a fixed term not shorter than three months;
2. have fulfilled the obligation thereof to notify under sentence two of Article 18 (5) herein;
3. who have submitted an application for conclusion of a contract under Article 30b herein within one month after the formation of the employment relationship.
(4) Any persons who have benefited from an entitlement under Paragraph (1) shall be entitled to a subsequent payment of sums on these grounds upon the lapse of twelve months reckoned from the date of termination of the employment relationship.
(5) Any persons who have been issued a pension granting directive shall not be entitled to monthly sums under Paragraph (1).
(6) The amounts received on the grounds of Paragraph (1) shall be non- taxable.
(7) The procedure for payment of the amounts under Paragraph (1) shall be established by the Regulations for Application of this Act.
Article 43. (1) (Amended, SG No. 26/2003, supplemented, SG No. 38/2005) For each job created and filled by up to two unemployed persons who are hired upon referral by the divisions of the National Employment Agency for half of the normal hours of work, the employer shall be provided with sums according to Article 30a (2) herein for the shorter of the period of employment of any such persons and twelve months.
(2) The persons referred to in Paragraph (1) shall qualify as registered unemployed where they have received unemployment cash benefits for not more than five months.
(3) (Amended, SG No. 26/2003, SG No. 38/2005) The financial resources referred to in Paragraph (1) shall be provided for each unemployed person hired, subject to the condition that the average annual number of employees is increased.
(4) (Repealed, SG No. 26/2003).
(5) Employers shall be entitled to conduct training for attainment of vocational qualifications within the part-time hours of work, selecting a training organization or delivering the training on their own within the framework of the maximum permissible amount of financial resources for training per person.
Section V
Training Programmes and Measures
(Heading amended, SG No. 26/2003)
Article 44. (Amended, SG No. 26/2003) Any employer, who or which ensures the maintenance and upgrading of the qualifications of the factory and office workers hired thereby, may apply for the provision of sums according to Article 30a (2) herein which may not exceed one half of the maximum permissible amount of the financial resources for training per person.
Article 45. (1) Employers may hire unemployed persons upon referral by the divisions of the National Employment Agency for training and work on the job for the period of the training of the employed person.
(2) (Amended, SG No. 26/2003) For each job referred to in Paragraph (1) filled by an unemployed person, who is hired upon referral by the divisions of the National Employment Agency, the employer shall be provided with sums according to Article 30a (2) herein for the shorter of the period of employment of any such person and six months.
Article 46. (Amended, SG No. 26/2003) For each job created for internship and/or apprenticeship and filled by an unemployed person who is hired upon referral by the divisions of the National Employment Agency, the employer shall be provided with sums according to Article 30a (2) herein for the shorter of the period of internship and/or apprenticeship of any such person and six months.
Section VI
Entrepreneurship Promotion
Article 47. (1) (Amended, SG No. 26/2003, SG No. 38/2005) Any unemployed person or persons entitled to cash benefit and wishing to start an own or joint business for the manufacture of goods and/or provision of services shall be provided with lump sums for the account of the Unemployment Fund upon approval of a business project by the competent division of the National Employment Agency and upon submission of an application to the competent division of the National Employment Agency by the person, stating thereby that the person wishes to receive a lump sum in lieu of unemployment benefit under the terms and according to the procedure established by the Social Insurance Code.
(2) (Amended, SG No. 26/2003) Entitlement to a lump sum under Paragraph (1) shall accrue to the persons who are responsive to the requirements for grant of a cash benefit under the terms and according to the procedure established by the Social Insurance Code.
(3) (Repealed, SG No. 26/2003).
(4) (Amended, SG No. 26/2003) Any persons, who have received a lump sum under Paragraph (1) and who provide employment under the approved project to another unemployed family member without entitlement to an unemployment cash benefit, shall be provided additionally with financial resources according to Article 30a (2) herein.
Article 48. (Amended, SG No. 26/2003) Any persons, who have received a lump sum under Article 47 (1) herein, may be provided additionally with financial resources according to Article 30a (2) herein in the form of a loan for training in the objects of economic activity and/or management of the said activity under the approved project referred to in Article 47 (1) herein.
Article 48a. (New, SG No. 26/2003) Services for training for attainment of vocational qualification shall be available to any persons, who or which have received a loan under the Guarantee Fund for Micro-Crediting, according to a procedure established by the Regulations for Application of this Act.
Article 49. (Amended, SG No. 26/2003, SG No. 38/2005, amended, SG No. 18/2006) Any unemployed persons may be provided with resources for costs according to Item 7 of Article 30a (2) herein for own business start-up as a micro-enterprise under the Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Act under a business project approved by the local division of the National Employment Agency.
(2) (Amended, SG No. 18/2006) Any persons who have exercised the right thereof under Article 47 or under Article 49a herein may use resources upon the lapse of three years after the date of termination of the relevant contract by reason of lapse of the term for which the said contract was concluded.
(3) Additional sums shall be provided according to Article 39a (2) herein to the persons referred to in Paragraph (1) for attainment of vocational qualifications in the objects of economic activity and/or for management of the said activity under the business project as approved.
Article 49a. (New, SG No. 26/2003) (1) (Supplemented, SG No. 38/2005) Any unemployed persons, upon approval of a business project for agricultural operation by the divisions of the National Employment Agency, may be provided with financial resources planned in the business projects for costs according to Items 14 and 15 of Article 30a (1) herein.
(2) For attainment of vocational qualifications in the objects of economic activity and/or management of the said activity under a project approved by the divisions of the National Employment Agency, the persons referred to in Paragraph (1) shall be provided additionally with sums according to Article 30a (2) herein.
(3) (New, SG No. 18/2006) Any persons, who have exercised the rights thereof under Paragraph (1) or under Article 47 herein, or under Article 49 herein, may use resources upon the lapse of three years after the date of termination of the relevant contract by reason of lapse of the term for which the said contract has been concluded.
Article 49b. (New, SG No. 38/2005, supplemented, SG No. 18/2006) Any persons referred to in Articles 47, 49 and 49a herein may be reimbursed the costs of outside consulting services and/or ancillary services used according to Article 30a (2) herein.
Section VII
Job Creation Programmes and Measures
Article 50. (Amended, SG No. 26/2003) Any employers, who or which are micro enterprises registered under the effective legislation, shall be provided with sums according to Article 30a (2) herein for a period of twelve months for the first five jobs created and filled by unemployed persons who are hired upon referral by the divisions of the National Employment Agency.
Article 51. (Amended, SG No. 26/2003) For each job created and filled by unemployed persons, who are hired for part-time work upon referral by the divisions of the National Employment Agency, the employer shall be provided with sums according to Article 30a (2) herein for a period not exceeding twelve months.
Section VIII
Programmes and Measures Providing Equal Opportunities through
Social and Economic Integration to Groups at Risk on
the Labour Market
Article 52. (Amended, SG No. 26/2003) (1) (Amended, SG No. 38/2005, supplemented, SG No. 18/2006) For each job created and filled by unemployed permanently disabled persons, including war-disabled persons, who are hired upon referral by the divisions of the National Employment Agency, the employer shall be provided with sums according to Article 30a (2) for the shorter of the period of employment of any such persons and twelve months.
(2) (Amended, SG No. 38/2005) For each job created for casual, seasonal or hourly work filled by unemployed permanently disabled persons, who are hired upon referral by the divisions of the National Employment Agency, the employer shall be provided with sums according to Article 30a (2) herein for the shorter of the period of employment of any such persons and six months.
Article 53. (Amended, SG No. 26/2003) For each job created for full-time or part-time work, filled by unemployed persons who are single parents (or adopters) and/or mothers (or female adopters) with children under 3 years of age and who are hired upon referral by the divisions of the National Employment Agency, the employer shall be provided with sums according to Article 30a (2) herein for the shorter of the period of employment of any such persons and twelve months.
Article 54. (Repealed, SG No. 26/2003).
Article 55. (Amended, SG No. 26/2003) (1) For each job created and filled by unemployed persons who have served a custodial sentence and who are hired within twelve months after release from the place of implementation of the penal sanction upon referral by the divisions of the National Employment Agency, the employer shall be provided with sums according to Article 30a (2) herein for the shorter of the period of employment of any such persons and twelve months.
(2) Employers shall be entitled to conduct training for attainment of vocational qualification, selecting a training organization or delivering the training on their own within the framework of the financial resources referred to in Item 7 of Article 30a (1) herein.
Article 55a. (New, SG No. 26/2003) For each job created and filled by unemployed women over 50 years of age and men over 55 years of age, who are hired upon referral by the divisions of the National Employment Agency, the employer shall be provided with sums according to Article 30a (2) herein for the shorter of the period of employment of any such persons and twelve months.
Section IX
Employment Protection and Employment Security
Article 56. (Amended, SG No. 26/2003) (1) (Amended, SG No. 38/2005) The programmes and the employment promotion measures under this Act shall be available to employers who or which do not incur exigible public liabilities and who or which satisfy the eligibility requirements for grant of aids under the State Aids Act.
(2) The employment promotion measures under Articles 36, 37, 43, 50, 51, Article 52 (1), Articles 53, 55 and 55a herein shall be available to employers subject to the condition that they provide employment to unemployed persons referred by the National Employment Agency for an additional period of a duration equal to the period of subsidization.
(3) Each job created under Articles 36, 37, 43, 50, 51, Article 52 (1), Articles 53, 55 and 55a herein may be filled by more than one unemployed person referred by the National Employment Agency under terms and according to a procedure established by the Regulations for Application of this Act.
(4) The creation of jobs under Article 36 (1), Articles 37, 43, 50, 51, 53, 55 and 55a herein shall be subsidized subject to the condition that employment is provided above the average annual number of employees for the last preceding six months.
(5) Any employer, who or which has failed to sustain the jobs according to Paragraph (2), shall refund the sums received with legal interest, with the exception of cases specified in the Regulations for Application of this Act.
(6) The industrial and social-security relations of the unemployed persons hired by an employer who or which has received incentives in implementation of employment promotion programmes and measures shall be regulated under the terms of Bulgarian labour and social-security legislation. Any such persons shall be hired under an employment relationship.
Article 57. (1) (Amended, SG No. 26/2003) Any employer, who or which sustains the employment of persons upon reduction of the volume of work or idling for more than 15 working days, may apply for provision of sums according to Article 30a (2) herein in respect of each person for the shorter of the period of employment of any such person and two months.
(2) (Amended, SG No. 26/2003) Any employer, who sustains the employment of any persons referred to in Paragraph (1) and who enrols any such persons in training for attainment of vocational qualification, shall be provided with sums according to Article 30a (2) herein in respect of each person for the period of training of any such person.
(3) (Amended, SG No. 26/2003) Financing of the maximum permissible amount of the costs of training under Paragraph (2) shall be provided subject to the condition that the employer sustains the employment of the persons referred to in Paragraph (1) for not less than twelve months.
Chapter Seven
TRAINING FOR ATTAINMENT OF VOCATIONAL QUALIFICATION
Section I
Training of Adults for Attainment of Vocational Qualification
Article 58. The Ministry of Labour and Social Policy, acting jointly with the Ministry of Education and Science, shall:
1. develop and coordinate the policy and strategies of training of unemployed and employed adults for attainment of vocational qualification at national level;
2. organize and direct the National System for Training of Unemployed and Employed Persons for Attainment of Vocational Qualification;
3. study, analyze and forecast the state, development and needs of training of adults for attainment of vocational qualification.
Article 59. (1) There shall be established a National Advisory Board for Labour Force Vocational Training with the Minister of Labour and Social Policy, consisting of representatives of ministries, agencies, commissions, nationally representative employers' and workers' organizations and other not-for-profit legal entities.
(2) The National Advisory Board for Labour Force Vocational Training, and a Deputy Minister of Education and Science shall serve as Deputy Chairperson.
(3) The National Advisory Board for Labour Force Vocational Training shall perform the following functions:
1. coordinate the development of national policy and strategies for training of unemployed and employed persons for attainment of vocational qualification;
2. coordinate and supervise the interaction among the nationally representative employers' and workers' organizations in connection with life- long learning;
3. coordinate the needs of training for attainment of vocational qualification.
Article 60. Apart from the institutions covered under Article 58 herein, the activities related to training of adults for attainment of vocational qualification shall be implemented by:
1. the National Employment Agency;
2. the National Agency for Vocational Education and Training;
3. the vocational training centres;
4. other institutions designated in a statute or in an act of the Council of Ministers.
Article 61. National, functional-regional and specialized programmes for training of unemployed and employed adults for attainment of vocational qualification shall be elaborated and implemented for the purpose of employment security and employment promotion.
Article 62. (1) Training of unemployed and employed adults for attainment of vocational qualification shall be delivered in ac


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