Official title of the project

Preparation of Serbian Labour Market Institutions For European Employment Strategy


Project information

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Total budget of programme / project


Implementation period
2011. Apr - 2014. Jul
Expected results

The expected results are as follows:

Result 1: Balance between skills supply and labour market needs improved through enhanced design and delivery of trainings to unemployed

Result 2: The effectiveness of Serbian employment policy for unemployed PWDs increased

Result 3: NES employment programme supported through direct award

  • Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs (MoLEVSA), Department for Employment
  • National Employment Service, head office and branch-offices
  • Other stakeholders relevant for  the employment area, such as:
  • Ministry of Education,

- Representative trade unions

- Representative employers’ association

- Standing conference of towns and municipalities

- Local employment councils,

- Local self-governments,

- Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction



(representing the French Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social dialogue) and Pole emploi (French public employment service)

Junior partners:

  1. Romanian Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Protection and Elderly

Arbetsformedlingen (Swedish public employment service)

Target Groups
  • Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs (MoLEVSA), Department for Employment
  • National Employment Service, head office and branch-offices
  • Other stakeholders relevant for  the

Summary of the project

A significant number of activities will have a long-term impact on the implementation of employment policies in Serbia. Most capacity building and training activities have focused on transferring knowledge, know-how and methodology, such as:

- Staff development programme was designed on EU employment policy and implemented;

- Trainings, seminars and workshops  in communication and EU visibility were conducted for MoLEVSA Department for employment and NES officials and staff

- Staff was assisted with the identification of the employment priority interventions for national funding and international sources and facilitation of complementarities between the national employment policy and EU funded instruments;  

- Recommendations on the introduction of new and innovative measures used in the member states‘ employment policies that could be introduced into the national policy were provided;

-Qualitative analysis of one of NES core services to jobseekers, namely the initial interview was conducted and recommendations for its improvement provided;

- NES staff awareness was raised about EU-funded employment policies to prepare for grant schemes and IPA II;

- A comparative analysis of Serbian and EU regulations was conducted, with recommendations for transposing elements of EU laws into national laws, in the following areas:

  • State aid rules, including the session on monitoring of granted state aids;
  • Gender equality and anti-discrimination;
  • Migration;
  • Social security;
  • Collective redundancies.

- LEC members were trained in employment policy cycle and employment action planning method;

- Clusters of LECs were promoted when appropriate, based on the analysis of the local conditions;

- Preparation of Local Employment Action Plans (LEAP) was done in line with the National Employ

Programme/Project objectives

Component 1

  1. Strengthened capacity of the National Employment Service (NES) and Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs (MoLEVSA), Department for Employment officials and staff in European Employment Strategy
  2. Recommendations provided on the harmonization of the employment regulations in line with EU laws

3)   Preparation for dialogue with the EU on ESRP (Employment and Social Reform Programme), with special focus on employment and screening process

Component 2

  1. Local Employment Councils (LEC) capable of interpreting data on labour market needs and developing coordinated responses to unemployment
  2. Local Employment Councils capable of:

- Developing and steering the implementation of Local Employment Action Plans in line with local labour market situation;

- Identifying intervention needs for future IPA II funding and train them in designing project proposals for grants under IPA II

Specific objectives

The project specific objective is to increase the effectiveness of employment policies toward disadvantaged groups

In the next 2 years the project will finance:

  • 60 new job clubs to include additional 3500  unemployed
  • 20 new career guidance and counselling  centres to include additional 7000 unemployed
  • activation of employment caravans to include additional 5000 unemployed in distant areas
  • labour market training for additional 5400 unemployed  and
  • 80 new self-service stations