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ROBG 163

Efforts for Disadvantaged People (ROBG-163)

“Combined Efforts in Support to Disadvantaged People on the Labour Market in the Cross-Border Area”

What’s the goal?

The project aims to assist the integration of disadvantaged people on the labour market in the CB area.

What’s the budget?

165,143.60 euro, out of which 140,372.05 euro ERDF


Lead beneficiary (LB): Roma – Berk Association (BG)

Beneficiary 2 (B2): Association for Regional Development and Partnership (RO)

Beneficiary 3 (B3): Municipality Berkovitsa (BG)


Start date: 05.05.2017

End date: 04.08.2019

Duration: 24 months (suspended in the period 02.04.2018 – 01.07.2018)


Montana in Bulgaria and , Dolj in Romania


  • 1 joint strategy on combating the obstacles to entering the labor market of disadvantaged people
  • 1 Manual on innovative labour practices, methods and guidelines
  • trainings of 6 groups of unemployed persons
  • 2 counseling centers established
  • 1 online platform launched
  • 2 job fairs

Results (what’s the contribution to the Programme)?

Programme outputs:3 initiatives that activate workforce mobility in the cross border area, 290 participants in joint local employment initiatives and joint training, 90 participants in joint educational and training schemes to support youth employment, educational opportunities and higher and vocational education across borders

Programme results: 8200 people that have access to joint employment initiatives

Project status

The project is finalized.

A conference "EU and the cross-border cooperation programmes in support to the local communities" was also organized on 11 October 2017, in Berkovitsa by B3.

Both the LB and B3 procured promotion and information materials (information boards, folders, pens, notepads, indoor and outdoor banner, leaflets, posters). Also, there were selected the participants for the forthcoming trainings.

A survey and study of the obstacles and problems associated with discouraging disadvantaged people from entering the labor market in the CB area was developed by the project expert group. They focused on the preparation of a program for the trainings of the target group representatives.The program was composed of 2 modules - Legislation applicable to work and business in the CB area and How to start your own business - aspects of training related to the matter known as lifestyle entrepreneurship. Also, the manual to help disadvantaged people in self-employment and job search was prepared.

A consultancy center was set up in Berkovitsa by Beneficiary 3, in order to provide information and advice to the unemployed disadvantaged people for employment opportunities and to assist employers for hiring unemployed disadvantaged people.

Following the replacement of the Romanian Partner in December 2018, the new partner, University of Craiova set up the Consultancy Center in Romania, hosted by County Library "Alexandru and Aristia Aman" Craiova in the Cross-border Center for Information and Cooperation Dolj-Vratsa at 21, Jietului Street, Craiova.

The project website was also developed and can be accessed at


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