The legislation in place does not hinder nor stimulate the employment in CSOs. The Labour Code and all related legislation treat all the employees in an equal manner, including those employed by CSOs. In 2019, the Law 15/2019, dated on 13.03.2019 “For the Encouragement of Employment” was approved. Its implementation is expected to increase the level of employment by offering services and public programs for employment, self- employment and professional qualifications.

Article 21of the Law stipulates the creation of the Social Fund for Employment for employment of “special groups”. It will be used for programs aimed at employment, self-employment, job rehabilitation, vocational training and rehabilitation, orientation and counselling for employment, support services, reconstruction and adaptation of the workplace for employment, social reintegration programs, and support to promote the employment of family members of persons with disabilities and other persons from the special group. An Administration Board of the Social Fund for Employment will be established and administrate the allocation of the Fund. To date, there is no information on the allocation of the Social Fund for Employment.

According to the information received by the General Directory of Taxation there are 9,966 employees working within the sector. No information was provided in terms of full-time employees, part-time employees, and number of volunteers, even though this information is collected through declarations submitted by CSOs. 

Based on the findings of the survey, as reflected in Figure 7, most of the organizations that participated in the survey have 0 – 5 full-time employees.

0 – 20 Fully disabling environment20 – 40 Disabling environment
40 – 60 Partially enabling environment60 – 80 Enabling environment
80 – 100 Fully enabling environment

The organisations that have over 35 full–time employees represent 4% of the surveyed CSOs and are organizations that provide social services located in different cities. 89% of the surveyed CSOs have 0 – 5 part-time employees.

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