The Labour Ministry and the state employment bureau have unveiled a campaign called "Get a Job in Croatia" on Tuesday in Zagreb city centre and another 50 locations across the country, designed to help unemployed people come back to the nation's labour market, get a job and stay in Croatia, rather than leave for other countries.
The campaign, financed by the European Social Fund (ESF), was launched to inform those without jobs, employers and other interested parties about opportunities offered via active employment policy measures and incentives.
This year, the government has earmarked more than 2.6 billion kuna (€352.3 million) for employment incentives.
“Croatia now has 143,000 unemployed people, which is the lowest number on record since 1990, and the fact that over the past five years we have reduced the share of jobless people among youths to 22 percent is exceptionally good and encouraging”, Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said at the official campaign launch in Zagreb.
The government has allocated a total of 1.6 billion kuna (€216.8 million) to the implementation of active employment policies, and an additional 900 million kuna (€122 million) has been secured from the ESF for specialised programmes, such as the Make a Wish programme aimed at creating jobs for women.
The head of the Representation of the European Commission in Croatia, Branko Baricevic, said at the launch that the ESF supported various employment schemes across the European Union with nearly 70 billion euros, with a considerable portion of that funding allocated to help increase youth employment.
(€1 = 7.38 kuna)