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Employment and Social Affairs Platform (ESAP) Kick Off Conference

Sarajevo, 29 June 2016 - The South East European Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning (SEECEL) attended an „Employment and Social Affairs Platform (ESAP) Kick Off Conference“, organised by The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) and the International Labour Organization (ILO).

The new joint project, funded by the European Union, was launched and presented by Goran Svilanovic, RCC Secretary General, Antonio Graziosi, Director of ILO Decent Work Technical Support Team and Country Office for Central and Eastern Europe, and Thomas Bender, Head of Unit at European Commission’s DG Employment.

Mr Goran Svilanović, RCC Secretary General said that a job creation requires the pursuit of coordinated and coherent policies for generating inclusive job creating economic growth. It demands sustained macroeconomic stability, a business and investment friendly climate, strong human capital and developed entrepreneurial skills, especially among the youth.

The Employment and Social Affairs Platform (ESAP) project's main focus was on advancing and strengthening regional cooperation on employment and social affairs through various activities such as capacity building of governmental agencies, tripartite councils, social partners, labour inspectorates and employment services throughout the region, exchange of experiences and good practices and the development of a sub-regional community of practice.

The project is supported and financed with 3 million euro by DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion of the European Commission. The headquarters for the implementation of the project are located in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

SEECEL strongly supports this project because the human capital is considered to be the most important potential of any economy in creating sustainable growth and SMEs are the core of economic growth, innovations, employment and social integration.

SEECEL's representative was Mr Thomas Farnell, Entrepreneurial Learning Expert.
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