Ivaylo Kalfin, Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister for Demographic and Social Policies and Minister of Labour and Social Policy, opened Monday a high-level roundtable themed “Youth employment – challenges and solutions”.
The forum took place at Sredets Hall of the Sofia Hotel Balkan. It was a joint initiative of the European Court of Auditors (ECA) and the Bulgarian National Audit Office.
Michel Servoz, Director-General of the European Commission's DG for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, was to deliver a statement in the frames of the conference.
“The youth unemployment [rate] in Bulgaria is close to the average European ones,” Ivaylo Kalfin stated.
“Perception of youth employment from the viewpoint of [national] audit offices is not the most traditional yet is highly important because, besides the fact they assess how resources spending conforms to laws, opinions and analyses that could significantly improve work on youth employment can always be found in reports.
Experience applied in the EU and Bulgaria reveals there different challenges to the implementation of programmes in different countries,” Mr Kalfin noted.