This morning EURADA welcomed a delegation of representatives from Zagreb county council and local economic actors.  It has been discussed the possibilities of cooperation with development agencies from other countries to establish partnership to support self-employment and to optimise the use of the resources of the European Social Fund (ESF).

The Croatian representatives presented, to our director Esteban Pelayo, the project “New Opportunity”, a local partnership, supported by ESF, for employment of the Zagreb County. The Regional Development Agency (RDA) of Zagreb is the coordinator of this project. The agency is the technical secretariat of the Local Partnerships for Employment of the Zagreb County, through the implementation of project activities, it will strengthen its own capacities to support entrepreneurship development and provide self-employment support aimed at reducing the number of unemployed persons, especially in the vulnerable groups (long-term unemployed, over 50 etc.). The main activity of the Zagreb RDA is to co-operate with some Local Partnerships for Employment in the European Union and other stakeholders in labor markets, social policy and social dialogue, moreover it organizes some study trip for the members of the Technical Secretariat.

The delegation has been chaired by Mr Fasaic, the head of the economic department of Zagreb county. He came with other 9 partners of Local Partnership from Zagreb County: representatives of regional authorities and national authorities; representatives of social economy bodies; Local development associations; Social partner organizations; Non-governmental organizations; Chambers of Commerce, Trade Associations; Local office of the Public Employment Service and entrepreneurs.