All applicable requirements and conditions can be found in the specification of financing conditions of the instrument Support for Employment.

Call for proposals to finance projects under the instrument Support for Employment No 1

Purpose of the instrument To facilitate employment of the population through the provision of financial incentives to employers that hire persons encountering difficulties on the labour market. EUR 40.55 million has been allocated for the instrument from the European Social Fund.

Two calls for proposals are intended to be published. The first call for proposals will cover EUR 15 million and applications will be accepted until 28 February 2019, while the second call for proposals will cover EUR 25.55 million and is scheduled to be published in the first quarter of 2019.

Eligible activities Provision of financial incentives (partial compensation of labour costs of employees) to employers that hire persons encountering difficulties on the labour market (first-time employees between 18 and 29 years of age and employees above 54 years of age).
Applicants Public or private legal persons (except for budgetary institutions), branches or representative offices of legal persons as well as natural persons engaged in business-commercial activities.
Availability period The availability period may not begin before the effective date of the Specification and may not run past 30 September 2023. The availability period is measured in months. Maximum possible availability periods:

– a period of 12 calendar months calculated from the first day of employment of a first-time employee between 18 and 29 years of age (first time employment under an employment contract (i.e. has never worked under an employment contract or as a public servant)) if it falls on the first day of the calendar month or from the first day of the next (calendar) month if it falls outside the first day of the calendar month;

– a period of 24 calendar months calculated from the first day of employment of an employee above 54 years of age (did not work under an employment contract(s)  and was not a public servant for at least 6 months (uninterrupted)) at the employer that was first to submit an application to INVEGA , if it falls on the first day of the calendar month or from the first day of the next (calendar) month if it falls outside the first day of the calendar month.

Amount of compensated labour costs The amount of compensated labour costs for employees is calculated at the fixed rate of EUR 0.233 for one euro of the wage calculated for the employee for the relevant month. The rate will not be changed during the implementation of projects.

The maximum actual amount of calculated wages to be used for the calculation of the compensation of labour costs of the employee may not exceed EUR 760. If the wage calculated for the employee exceeds EUR 760 per month, the compensation will be calculated only for the amount of EUR 760. For instance: for the first-time employee between 18 and 29 years of age: EUR 760 is multiplied by the fixed rate (0.233) and maximum number of calendar months: EUR 760 x 0.233 x 12 months = EUR 2,124.96. For a hired person over 54 years of age: EUR 760 is multiplied by the fixed rate (0.233) and maximum number of calendar months: EUR 760 x 0.233 x 24 months = EUR 4,249.92.

Maximum compensation amount The maximum amount of financing per applicant (project promoter) under all grant agreements may not exceed EUR 200,000 during the period of implementation of the instrument.
Compensation procedure The amount of wages of the specific employee to be compensated is determined and paid out quarterly according to information submitted to INVEGA automatically by the State Social Insurance Fund Board under the Ministry of Social Security and Labour (the “Fund Board”). The established amount of eligible costs is not revised if the data in the information system of the Fund Board change.

If the project promoter owes any amounts to the budget of the State Social Insurance Fund on the last calendar day of the reference calendar quarter, except where the amount of such debt is less than EUR 15, the partial compensation of labour costs of the employee is not transferred to the project promoter, except where, at the request of INVEGA, information is received automatically from the information system of the Fund Board that the project promoter has an agreement concluded with the territorial unit of the Fund Board on the deferral of state social insurance contributions owed to the budget of the State Social Insurance Fund. If there are no debts to the budget of the State Social Insurance Fund on the last calendar day of the next reference calendar quarter, except where the amount of such debt is less than EUR 15, the compensation is paid for the previous and current reference calendar quarter only.

It should be noted that the partial compensation of labour costs will be paid from the date of submission of the application if the completed application is not submitted within 3 months of the day of employment of the employee by the applicant. If the completed application is submitted within three months of the day of employment of the employee by the applicant, the partial compensation of labour costs will be paid from the day of employment of the employee by the applicant (but not before the effective date of the Specification).

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