ESAP 2 takes the stage: Making informality in the Western Balkans formal
New 3-year cycle of the Employment and Social Affairs Platform (ESAP 2) project has started. Marking the beginning of the ESAP 2, the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) is organizing an event on 28 January 2020 in Sarajevo, gathering regional ministers in charge of labour and social affairs, as well as representatives of public employment services (PES), labour inspectorates, employers, trade unions, and experts in the areas of employment, economy and social issues.
The participants will look back at employment and labour market trends and practices in Western Balkans, reviewing impact of the ESAP’s 1st phase, and focus on future project’s activities mostly around informal employment in the region, as this is a wide-spread phenomenon, where recent estimates vary between 20 and 57%.
ESAP 2 project is also jointly implemented by the RCC and International Labour Organisation (ILO) and funded by the European Union (EU) and it succeeds ESAP project that has been present in the region from 2016-2019.