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An ESF operational programme in Bulgaria has helped 50 000 young people so far – and more is planned

Speaking at a press conference the Bulgarian Labour and Social Policy Minister Totyu Mladenov reported that, to date, some 50 000 young people have participated in ESF schemes concerning education and the improvement of skills and qualifications. Of these more than 6 300 have taken part in internship programmes and 10 000 more such places are planned by the end of 2012. The Minister also announced the new ‘First Job’ programme which will give training and 6-12 months of paid work experience to young jobseekers. Also at the press event, vice-minister Zornitsa Rusinova explained that the internship programmewould be extended to public administrations.