“36,000 workers from closed businesses have already received their compensations for November and December under the “Keep me” measure. This means that almost all of the applicants, around 43,000, already have money in their accounts. The total funds paid are 8,6 million BGN”, said the Minister of Labour and Social Policy Denitsa Sacheva to journalists in Dobrich, where she visited the Old Dobrich Architectural and Ethnographic Compound. According to her, the delay in payments was due to the large number of payment orders for processing, as well as the frequent errors in the bank accounts of the employees.

She assured that the Employment Agency will be able to transfer all funds for the last two months of 2020 by the end of January. In February will begin the reception of documents for the ones on unpaid leave in January. They will now receive compensations in the amount of 75% of their insurance income.

Denitsa Sacheva announced that this week the Council of Ministers will consider the National Plan for Employment Promotion. The funds for it have increased by 14%. “83 million BGN will be allocated under the plan so that 15,000 persons can be employed and 12,000 persons can be engaged in programs and training courses. These are also part of the efforts to reduce the negative effects of the pandemic,” the Minister explained.

She pointed out to the craftsmen from Dobrich that the Government has allocated a total of 400,000 BGN for preservation of ethnographic compounds in Bulgaria. “It is important to keep the crafts of persons with such unique professions,” she added.