CHRDRI hosts an international seminar on transposition of the Directive on Adequate Minimum Wages in EU into the legislation of Bulgaria

02.04.2024 - 14:43

The Centre for Human Resource Development and Regional Initiatives (CHRDRI) hosts a seminar in aid to the process of transposing the Directive on Adequate Minimum Wages in the European Union into the legislation of Bulgaria with the expert support of the International Labor Organization (ILO). Participants in the event are representatives of the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy (MLSP), the Institute for Analysis and Forecasting under the Ministry of Finance, the National Social Security Institute, the National Statistical Institute, the National Institute for Conciliation and Arbitration, representatives of trade unions and employers' organizations.

During the seminar, ILO experts will present opportunities for creating an effective system for determining the minimum wage (MWW), its adjustment, monitoring and evaluation, the collection and use of data for determining wages. Collective bargaining as a tool for determining the minimum wage is among the discussed topics.

"The establishment of a transparent mechanism to enhance the adequacy in determining the minimum wage for the country, in accordance with ILO Convention No. 131, and the accurate transposition of the Adequate Minimum Wages Directive is a priority of the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy," said Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Policy Ginka Mashova, who opened the event. She added that the directive outlines the framework and allows for the creation of a transparent mechanism for setting the minimum wage with the active participation of all social partners.

The Director of CHRDRI, Ivan Bakalov, pointed out that the Center has extensive experience and successful partnership with the ILO International Training Center in Turin. He noted that many specialized training programs, that encompass the main thematic areas of the work of MLSP and the agencies under the Ministry have been carried out over the years.

"Through our cooperation and with the provided international expertise on important and relevant issues, CHRDRI was able to organize numerous events in support of MLSP policies," he added.