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Sacheva: By the end of April 3204 people have declared that they will work abroad

From the beginning of the year until the end of April 2020, 3204 Bulgarian citizens have declared upon termination of their registration with the Labour Bureaux that they are leaving abroad for employment in the EU and EEA countries. This is stated in a written response by the Minister of Labour and Social Policy Denitsa Sacheva to a question of the MP Georgi Gjokov.
The EURES offers set up for work abroad from the beginning of the year are twenty-two. Started seasonal work in EU countries as a result of interviews conducted by the Employment Agency, as a member of the EURES network, 9 seasonal workers in the agriculture sector in Spain, notes Minister Denitsa Sacheva.

Following the declaration of the state of emergency on 13 March 2020 in relation to the COVID-19 crisis, the Employment Agency, as a member of the EURES network, has not received job requests from EURES coordinators or employers to recruit seasonal workers in countries from the EU/EEA and Switzerland, points out the Minister.

She adds that EURES Bulgaria mediation activities are carried out through the website wwww.eures.bg, on which currently advertisements are published only for jobs in Bulgaria. Currently there are no active advertisements for seasonal or other types of workers for abroad, added Minister of Labour and Social Policy Denitsa Sacheva, quoted by BTA.

Employment Agency statistics show that 91.5 per cent of the jobs claimed in agricultural activities in 2019 were absorbed at an average drawdown for all economic activities of 86.8 per cent. Seasonal agricultural jobs claimed through the labour bureaus in the spring of 2020 are 3112. As the most are for seasonal worker in agriculture/1 376/, worker, orchard/297/, packer/284/, fruit and vegetable picker/170/ and packer/144/, Minister Sacheva informed.

It recalls the relief made in connection with the coronavirus crisis in respect of new electronic services, as well as the relief for registered farmers and tobacco producers. Minister Sacheva stresses that the Employment Agency conducts an intensive information campaign among employers about the opportunities for declaring vacancies and hiring seasonal workers in agriculture.

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