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The final conference of the project "Cooperation between the Employment Agency of Montenegro and centers for social work" was held

The final conference of the project "Cooperation between the Employment Agency of Montenegro and centers for social work" was held

On September 20, 2017, at the hotel Ramada” in Podgorica, the final conference of the project "Cooperation between the Employment Agency of Montenegro and centers for social work" was held.  This project is being implemented within the Operational Programme "Human Resources Development" 2012-2013, and financed from the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA).

In his introductory speech, Minister of Labour and Social Welfare, Kemal Purišić, reminded that the main objective of the project is to improve cooperation between the Employment Agency of Montenegro and the centers for social work in order to provide better quality services to the beneficiaries of the social assistance. The application of new methods of work between the Employment Agency and centers for social work, which involves the formation of multidisciplinary teams, represents one kind of personalization of access to sensitive target groups. This will increase employment and improve the social integration of target groups.

In addition to Minister Purišić, the opening speech at the conference was given by the Head of the Department for Cooperation of the Delegation of European Union in Montenegro, Mr. Hermann Spitz.

Ljiljana Simović, General Director for European Integration and EU funds, Goran Kuševija, General Director of the Directorate for Social Welfare and Child Protection, Suljo Mustafić, Director of the Employment Agency of Montenegro and Iva Vujović, Independent Adviser in the Directorate for Financing and Contarcting EU funds (CFCU), spoke about the project and the achieved results. During this part of the conference, speakers addressed the importance of the Operational Programme "Human Resources Development" 2012-2013, both at this time and for the IPA II financial perspective. Also, representatives of beneficiary institutions of the project, talked about the significance of the project itself for employees in their respective institutions and about the importance for the target group that will be able to solve problems, strengthen and develop ability to actively overcome an unfavorable social situation with the support of the services by using new methods of work.

Robert Babič, WYG International Project Director, Vanja Hazl, Project Lead and Key Expert 1, and Tatjana Tihomirović, Key Expert 2, presented in detail the activities and results of the project and made recommendations for the forthcoming period.

Representatives of the EU Delegation of Montenegro, representatives of the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare, Employment Agency and regional units, centers for social work, Ministry of European Affairs and the Ministry of Finance attended the conference.