Trans-national Partnership Agreement Romania – Spain, February 20th 2015

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Bucharest, February 20th 2015

Press Release

 

A Trans-national Partnership Agreement was signed February 20th 2015 for an inclusive labour market for youth by the Novapolis Association – Center for Analysis and Development Initiatives, The Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Protection and Elderly in Romania – Social Dialogue Department, and the Eslabón Association in Spain.

The Trans-national Partnership Agreement was signed within the “Pro Juvenes– trans-national partnership for an inclusive labour market for youth” project, co-funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) through the Sectoral Operational Programme Human Resources Development 2007-2013, Investing in people!

The project is implemented by The Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Protection and Elderly – Social Dialogue Department in partnership with: “AUR” – National Association of Human Resources Specialists – Partner 1, Novapolis Association – Center for Analysis and Development Initiatives – Partner 2, National Trade Union Confederation Meridian – Partner 3, and the General Confederation of Romanian Industrial Employers – Partner 4, for a period of 12 months, at a national level, having a total eligible value of 10,988,390 lei, 75% of which is represented by the grant awarded by the European Social Fund.

The general objective of the project is to strengthen policies and practices related to employment and network development at a European level, as well as to strengthen the actors’ within the labour market capacity (trade unions and employers’ organizations, public authorities, NGOs) to be actively involved in promoting employment and social inclusion for youths by implementing policies that aim at their employment – the volunteering law, the internship law, the apprenticeship law etc.

The Eslabón Association (Spain) was established in 1994, during the economic crisis of the 90’s, running a programme that would offer jobs for the youths that were severely affected by the crisis. During the very first year of the „Employing the Young” programme, Eslabón assisted more than 20.000 youths under 30 in their social and professional integration.

The Association currently offers guidance, mediation, assistance and training, working with interested parties (public institutions, companies and associations), using coaching techniques and developing the beneficiaries’ talents, as well as developing mentorship and entrepreneurship programmes.

The Association further develops efficient and innovative programmes in the area of workforce for youths in environments of risk and social conflict, people over the age of 45, women who are victims of gender violence, minors at risk of social exclusion and conflict.

 

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