We started to implement a project of Swiss-Slovak Cooperation Support of Municipality Social Businesses Established with the View to Increase Employment of People Disadvantaged in the Labour Market (Podpora obecných sociálnych podnikov založených za účelom zvýšenia zamestnanosti ľudí znevýhodnených na trhu práce). We identified suitable locations, appropriate business opportunities in municipalities and also involved volunteers into the activities. We established cooperation with 11 municipalities and two NGOs in 13 locations. We offered pro bono assistance to the participants from our 12 volunteers with experience in the business sector.

We launched a project The tools to increase employability of people with helath disability (Nástroje na zvyšovanie zamestnateľnosti ľudí so zdravotným postihnutím). We became a member of the international consortium of organizations under the leadership of the local government of Aarhus, the Danish municipality that implements the “EURES First Job” program. We identified people with low qualifications who are interested in working in another European country.

Our experts are members of multiple working groups of the Slovak government‘s Plenipotentiary for Marginalized Roma Communities aimed at programming financial assistance from the European Union in 2014-2020. Activities in development of public policies aimed at social integration of marginalized Roma communities were implemented in cooperation with Roma Institute and the Slovak Governance Institute (Inštitút pre dobre spravovanú spoločnosť).

Regarding unemployment among young people, we were recognized employment experts in developing the National Strategy for Youth prepared by the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic.

Our staff increased to 5 people.

See more in Výročná správa Neziskovej organizácie EPIC 2013.