From the 15 to 20 May of this year, within the framework of the Improving Active Labour Market project in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), we hosted in Poland a delegation of representatives of labour market institutions of that country. The members of the delegation were: Mr. Siniša Veselinović, from the Labour and Employment Agency of BiH; Mr. Čedo Kovacević, Assistant Minister from the Srpska Republic; Ms. Jasmina Hercegovac, from the Ministry of Labour of BiH; Mr. Haris Huskić, from the Employment Institute of the BiH Federation; Ms. Gordana Latinović, from the
Employment Institute of the Srpska Republic; and Mr. Mladenko Nenadić, from the Employment Institute of the Brčko District;
The „Improving active labour markets in Bosnia and Herzegovina” project, of a value of EUR 1,2 mln, financed from the EU pre-accession fund (IPA) is being implemented by an international consortium, led by EPRD; its objective being the overall improvement of the Bosnian employment services through capacity building and, in particular, through the design and implementation of active labour market measures in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Working meetings were held in Warsaw, Kielce and in Sandomierz, and constituted the central component of the study tour. The delegation has met, among others, with the Polish Ministry of Labour and Social Policy, with the Polish Confederation of Private Employers „Lewiatan”, Marshall Office of the Świętokrzyskie Voivodship, the Regional Employment Office in Warsaw, and two more Employment Offices, in Kielce and Sandomierz, with NGOs working in the area of the labour market activation, and supporting the unemployed and the disadvantaged groups (the elderly, women, disabled people, etc.).
The Bosnian delegation was introduced to the issues related to policy making in the area of labour market activation in Poland, as well as to the practical aspects of their implementation – both from the perspective of central administration, and as seen by local organisations – but also to the structure of Polish labour market institutions, their links and interrelations, forms of cooperation and collaboration between them. Last but not least, presented were the issues of EU policy and legislation, their impact on the changes Poland has undergone and on the current shape of our national regulations in this domain.