ADAPTATION AND ECONOMIC RE-INTEGRATION OF REDUNDANT MILITARY
SERVICEMEN INTO THE CIVIL SOCIETY PROGRAM
Program started in 1999 after preliminary research of the
experience of Ukraine in this field and after identifying a coming
social problem, about the solution of which, the government will
need the support of the NGO sector. The reform of the Bulgaria Army
under Plan 2004 imposed the redundancy of a great number of military
servicemen from the Armed Forces. Their re-integration into the
civil society is complicated and crucial process, which needs the
involvement of different sectors and institutions. For this reason, in 1999 consultations with the
President Mr. Peter Stoyanov, the guidance of the Ministry of
Defense and General Staff have been done, where the elaborated by
the Soros Economic Development Fund, New York model, which has been
already applied in other countries and adapted to the Bulgarian
conditions by Resource Center Foundation, was accepted and supported
by these institutions as a base of the Program start in Bulgaria.
Crucial moment concerning the Program implementation was the visit
of the Program Director of the Soros Economic Development Fund Mr.
Piotr Korynski and the Deputy Director Mr. Neal DeLaurentis, as well
as the initial funding by the Fund.
Program is implemented in cooperation with the Ministry of
Defense, on the base of a signed Agreement, dated February 16th,
Program was presented and approved by HQ NATO and in 2001 it
was supported by the Stability
Pact for South Eastern Europe.
The Program is financially supported by The Norway, The Netherlands
and Luxemburg Governments, The Economic Development Institute
New York etc.
Aim of the Program is to:
- Support the transition and re-integration of redundant military servicemen into the civil society at acceptable level of social pressure;
- Support the market labor integration of redundant military servicemen and those with notice of cancellation, as well as their family members.
In implementing the Program, close cooperation is established with the National Employment Service and Agreements for Cooperation signed with the Bulgarian Association of Regional Development Agencies and Business Centers, the Center for Economic Development, the American University in Bulgaria, and others.
The Program is implemented by the established
in cooperation with the Ministry of Defense
in four Bulgarian towns Sofia, Sliven, Veliko Turnovo and
Plovdiv and Regional Information
Centers were developed in two
other towns Varna and Stara Zagora.
of the Resettlement Centers:
Visits in garrisons in order to
inform the military servicemen about the services, offered by the
Registration of redundant military
servicemen and members of their families, data base establishment,
facilitating the selection of proper applicant for each announced
job position in the Resettlement Centers;
Information about the procedure and
necessary documents for participation in motivation and
Organizing and conducting of
Motivation Training Courses, where the military servicemen and
members of their families receive the initial advising and skills
how to find a proper job and prepare all necessary supporting
Information about re-qualification
organizations and courses;
Professional orientation how to
choose a new profession and proper re-qualification course;
Information about the offered by
the government and economic structures vacant job positions;
Support to redundant military
servicemen who intend to start their own business consultations
on generating successful business ideas, construction of business
plans, legal consultations.
Business projects for new jobs
Establishment of partnership with
Employment services, human resources agencies and employers for
vacant job positions announcement.
ABOVE-MENTIONED SERVICES, OFFERED BY THE RESETTLEMENT CENTERS ARE
FREE FOR REDUNDANT MILITARY SERVICEMEN AND MEMBERS OF THEIR
Program has regional and international approval, as the established
model and long-term experience were provided as now-how in Romania,
Yugoslavia and Croatia. It was assessed as Program with high social
and economic effectiveness by senior representatives of the
After I got
acquainted to this project, I would like to call it an exemplary
project. I have never seen such effectiveness of the money invested
and the results achieved. Now I do understand why Romania, Croatia,
and Yugoslavia want exactly the same projects - you give a positive
Bodo Hombach, Special Coordinator of the Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe, October 2001/
have done an outstanding job and I am quite happy not only to be
here, but, also to deliver this message to you
What we have to
do, it should not be only known here by the country, it should not
be only known by the region but we have to say it also outside
Many thanks and a deep respect for the job done, and I am asking you
to continue under the challenges existing the challenges of
Common Europe "
Special Coordinator of the Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe,
2002 and 2003 the Program acquired a regional recognition, as the
gained Bulgarian experience within the years was passed on to the
colleagues from Serbia and Montenegro in order to start a similar
Program there. Till end of 2003, a delegation from Albania will
visit Resource Center Foundation to acquaint with our model and
experience and prepare the Resettlement Program start in their
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