The first conference of the project „Improving Active Labour Markets” was held on 28 June 2010 at the premises of the Delegation of the European Union to BiH. Representatives of the stakeholders as well as the consortium leader – EPRD, participated in this event. The opening speech was given by Ms. Maria Farrar-Hockley, First Secretary, Head of Operational Section 1 of the Delegation of EU to BiH, and the main objectives and activities of the project were outlined by the Team Leader, Ms. Jennifer Dimond.
The conference gathered together all project stakeholders including the Ministry of Civil Affairs of BiH, the Ministries of Labour of Republika Srpska and the Federation of BiH, the Labour and Employment Agency of BiH, the Employment Institutes of the Federation of BiH, Republika Srpska and Brcko District, cantonal employment bureaus, SMEs Development Agency of Republika Srpska, Confederation of Independent Trade Unions of BiH, Association of Employers of BiH. Each of them had a chance to speak during two panels: (1) Labour market development guidelines and (2) Methods of support to labour market development, which sparked discussion about future development of the BiH labour market (in the short and medium term) as well as about what Public Employment Services can do in order to improve labour market development.
The aim of the last part of the conference was to present other employment initiatives currently ongoing in BiH, i.e. the work of World Bank, MDG Achievement Fund and the EU project “Youth Employment Project”.
The event was covered by the local media who interviewed the representatives of the stakeholders and the project team.