Resettlement Program




02.06.2001

The Social Adaptation Program Director was invited by the Human Resources Directorate of the Romanian Ministry of Defense, for mutual discussions in the period 30 May - 01 June 2001 in Bucharest.

Both sides made detailed presentation and analysis of the Social Adaptation Programs of Bulgaria and Romania.

The Social Adaptation Program Director presented the cooperation of the Resource Center Foundation with the Ministry of Defense with regards to the Social Adaptation Program - the undertaken procedures, reporting and accounting, defining the partners’ obligations, motivation courses structure and method, job search method, choice of retraining courses, etc.

The Romanian representatives expressed their experience - approval of the separate elements of their Program from NATO, realization, result reporting, cooperation with other state institutions, distribution of the responsibilities among the Program’s partners, etc. As a result from the briefings and discussions, the Romanian side declared its interest for a further study of the Bulgarian implementation model. The following decisions were agreed by the parties:

·      The Open Society Institute New York will identify a Romanian NGO to establish cooperation with the MoD on the Romanian Social Adaptation Program. The personnel of the selected organization will be trained by the Resource Center Foundation and the Bulgarian model will be adapted and realized in Romania;

·      Open Society Institute New York will identify a Romanian NGO to start negotiations with the MoD for establishment of cooperation for the Program’s development - a Pilot Project for conversion of 1 to 3 military bases, to be closed. The Romanian NGO will operate in close cooperation with the Resource Center Foundation in order to create a unified model, which will lay the foundations for development of a regional model for military base conversion. The unified model will be presented to the Stability Pact;

·      The Open Society Institute New York will identify a Romanian NGO to start negotiations with the MoD for establishment of network of business training centers, responding to the local needs and opportunities. Priority will be given to the redundant military servicemen. The Resource Center Foundation’s experts will train the Romanian NGO’s personnel and the Bulgarian model will be adapted and applied in Romania.

After reaching a consensus on the above said issues, the Program Director engaged himself to inform NATO, the Stability Pact, Open Society Institute New York, as well as other interested institutions, for the discussed topics and the achieved agreements.
 

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