15. 4. 2021.

Public call for project proposals One million euros for employment of hard-to-employ groups

The Standing Conference of Towns and Municipalities (SCTM) and the German Organization for International Cooperation (GIZ) within the project "Initiative for Inclusion phase 3" have announced a competition for the selection of 10 local governments that will receive support for projects to implement innovative and sustainable solutions for employment of hard-to-employ population groups. The total amount available under the Call for Proposals is € 1,000,000, and the maximum grant amount for individual projects is € 100,000.

The official presentation of the Call was held online, and on this occasion, it was pointed out that the project should contribute to raising the sensitivity of local communities to the needs and problems faced by these categories of unemployed.

Đorđe Staničić, General Secretary of the SCTM, stated that through various activities, conditions have been created for the employment of more than 500 returnees from EU countries - asylum seekers, Roma and other marginalized social groups.

Projects and activities were implemented within various areas such as: sustainable agriculture and rural tourism, self-employment, support for the development of social entrepreneurship, the establishment of the service "Home Help", the establishment of recycling yards and procurement of supporting equipment for primary waste selection, training and employment in the textile and processing industry. Due to the achieved good results, the implementation of the Initiative for Inclusion third phase continues within the program Inclusion of Roma and other marginalized groups in Serbia, despite the challenges caused by the pandemic of KOVID 19 ", said Staničić.

Christian Schilling, Head of the Department for International Cooperation of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Belgrade, during the presentation of the public invitation, pointed out: "The Inclusion of Roma and Other Marginalized Groups program has a high level of political attention and is therefore one of our key priorities for development cooperation. Based on the experience gained from the implementation of the first two phases of the Inclusion Initiative, we are sure that we will again receive very good proposals from local governments. We especially appreciate the efforts of local communities to be proactive in social inclusion and, in addition to measures to improve employment, to propose measures that will contribute to anti-discrimination, greater participation and better understanding of representatives of local institutions and employers from small and medium enterprises. This cooperation is fundamental to the success of the project, because only together we can face great challenges in the future. "

Zoran Antić, State Secretary at the Ministry of Labor, Employment, Veterans and Social Affairs, thanked Germany for the development of cooperation on the opportunity to have continuity in work with the continuation of project activities. "The purpose of this project is completely in line with the strategic goals of the Ministry, but it must be said that it is about the joint efforts of all factors and stakeholders at all levels. The national employment policy is based on the opportunity for decent work for all, under equal conditions and is based on the Ministry's Strategy for the coming period. We have a special attention and focus on the employment of hard-to-employ categories of the population, "said Antić.

Project proposals submitted under this call must be harmonized with national and local strategic documents and are intended to create new employment opportunities for returnees from EU countries - asylum seekers, Roma and other marginalized social groups. The call for project proposals was officially published on April 13, on the SCTM website (www.skgo.org), and will last until May 5.

In the first phase of the project "Initiative for Inclusion", support was provided to project teams in seven cities and municipalities (Pozarevac, Arilje, Sokobanja, Kucevo, Novi Pazar, Becej and Mladenovac), and in the second phase, nine cities and municipalities were supported, Sombor, Vrsac, Bac, Apatin, Kraljevo, Raska and Novi Pazar).

The project "Inclusion Initiative 3" is implemented by the SCTM and is part of a broader program of German development cooperation "Inclusion of Roma and other marginalized groups in Serbia" implemented by GIZ, in partnership with the Ministry of Human and Minority Rights and Social Dialogue.

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