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The SI-Zone project in partnership with organisations from Austria, France, Romania, Spain and UK will end at the end of March. During it the consortium developed a model for identifying potential social entrepreneurs among the target groups and a model of career guidance in social economy and entrepreneurship.

Based on that all partners together developed a training programme consisting of 12 modules for Social Entrepreneurship. And finally, to make it more innovative and interesting, based on these modules was created a game, consisting of 60 questions, to check your knowledge and improve it via the modules lately.

You can find all this here !

BILSP and Fair Wear Foundation prepared a couple of videos on worker rights. The videos are related to the precarious COVID-19 situation.

The topics discussed are health and safety, job and wage losses, and leave entitlements.

If you are interested in your rights as a worker or are concerned with the situation at your workplace, these videos are just for you! They are available in Bulgarian with English subtitles.

 

 

Fair Wear Foundation recently released its Bulgaria Country Study 2019.

The report explores the status of the garment industry and, more broadly, the industrial relations in the country. The country study also reviews the implementation of the Fair Wear Code of Labour Practices.

Two of our BILSP colleagues actively contributed to drafting the report.

The national support point of the Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe (EPALE) held a seminar on ‘Good Practices in Adult Learning’ on April 18-19. Dr. Y. Takeva, Chair of the Trade Union of Bulgarian Teachers and winner of the ‘Ambassador of Lifelong Learning’ award in 2017, inaugurated the event.

The seminar participants had the opportunity to get acquainted with a wide spectrum of project interventions financed under the Erasmus+ Programme, and the latter’s planned and achieved results.

The seminar was a wonderful occasion to share thoughts and experiences with Erasmus+. Our colleagues, Borislava Borisova and Miroslava Dakovska, presented BILSP’s Social Innovation Zone project as a good practice at the event.

Snapshots from the Borders project holds a two-day meeting in Brussels. The key topics of the meeting include the establishment of the Border Towns and Islands Network (BTN), presentation of intermediate project results and activities planning for 2019.

Our colleagues working on the project in the Bulgarian territory are Mr. Dimitar Matev (BILSP), Ms. Vesna (senior expert at the Municipality of Burgas), Mr. Rosen Matev (BILSP), and Ms. Ruska Boyadzhieva (Deputy Mayor at the Municipality of Burgas), who represents the Municipality of Burgas in BTN.

Learn more about the project on its official website. You can find the agenda of the meeting here.

 

Last night our platform Job Care was awarded a special social responsibility award at the 15th ‘IT Project of the Year’ competition organised by ICT Media и Computerworld.

Job Care is a platform jointly developed by BILSP – Project Consultants Ltd., BILSP and Scale Focus.

 

BILSP is the co-ordinator of Social Innovation Zone, a two-year project started in the end of 2018 under Erasmus+ program for Cooperation for Innovation and Exchange of Good Practices.

Together with five European organizations from Austria, France, Romania, Spain and UK, BILSP will acquire practices in Social Economy, Social Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation. The gathered practices will help us create a Social Lab, model for career guidance, training program on entrepreneurship, and a real life game thus developing the topic and implementing it in real life after the end of the project.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Through the project, BILSP hopes to develop the idea of Social Entrepreneurship and Social Innovations in Bulgaria. These are currently underestimated practices, not very popular and neglected by the state, although they have big potential as economic and social drivers for the varied group targeted in the project – economically inactive young people, young parents, people with disabilities, and single parents among others.

By the end of the project, we will have over 50 practices gathered, analyzed, adapted, translated and put into an e-library for public use.

 

Eurofound released its new corporate video

Eurofound released its new corporate video! Here you can listen to the experts who help fulfil the foundation’s purpose true through hard work and dedication. See how they explain the challenges of employment and how the Foundation’s contributes to the labour market through providing evidence-based policymaking options.

We want to make Eurofound‘s work more recognizable and will be happy to answer your questions regarding the work of our BILSP colleagues for the Foundation.

 

Three Thematic Funds of the Bulgarian-Swiss Cooperation Programme cross the finishing line!

This occasion was celebrated with a two-day round table that was held in Tryavna, Bulgaria
12-13 July 2018

Among the participants were project beneficiaries, the Swiss Intermediate Bodies, the Swiss Contribution Office – Sofia, the Central Coordination Unit at the Council of Ministers, the Ministry of Education (Science Directorate), and the National Fund Directorate at the Ministry of Finance, which is the Programme’s Paying Authority. The Mayor of Gabrovo, Ms. Tanya Hristova, also took part in the discussions.

BILSP’s representatives summed up the experience of the Institute as Bulgarian partner of the Swiss Intermediate Body managing two Thematic Funds: Reform Fund Linked to Civil Society Participation and Partnership Fund. Within these funds between 2012 and 2018 were financed and successfully completed 66 projects.

The disbursed Swiss grant contribution amounts to a total of 10 333 737.71 CHF.

Get a taste of the event:


We use the occasion to celebrate and appreciate all the hard work for the management of the two Thematic Funds by our team and our dear Swiss colleagues – INNOVABRIDGE & NEOSYS – during all those years. Thank you!

As of February 2018, BILSP in consortium with the Institute for Social and Trade Union Research (ISTUR) are Eurofound correspondents for Bulgaria.

The tasks both our organisations will undertake for the next three years include:

  • providing input to Eurofound to map and compare regulations, policies and practices in industrial relations, working conditions, labour markets and employment as well as in other social policy related areas;
  • reporting regularly on developments in working life and restructuring, allowing Eurofound to add and update information in the European Observartory of Working Life (EurWORK) and the European Monitoring Centre on Change (EMCC).

Ms. Zlatka Gospodinova, Mr. Ivan Neykov and Mr. Yordan Dimitrov are the correspondents on BILSP’s side.

Eurofound is the tripartite EU agency providing knowledge to assist in the development of better social, employment and work-related policies.