First ever employment fair for people with disabilities took place in Mostar on Wednesday.

The fair, organized under the EU-funded ‘POWER’ project, was aimed at creating a better environment for people with disabilities in Bosnia and Herzegovina.  



According to Head of the EU Delegation and EU Special Representative Lars-Gunnar Wigemark, the harsh reality in Bosnia and Herzegovina is that there are not many people with disabilities employed in the country, as they can only apply to some of the posts.

Wigemark said during the opening ceremony that active inclusion of persons with disability into society was a human rights issue, and underlined that citizens must not have been discriminated against on any grounds.  



Project leader Zlatko Malic from Caritas Bosnia and Herzegovina said that certain progress had been made over the past several years in BiH when it comes to employment of persons with disabilities - but also that discrimination was still very much present in the society.

Malic claims that persons with disabilities must be given a chance to prove themselves.

The Labor Law of Bosnia and Herzegovina states that a company has to have at least one employee with disability per every 17 employees; otherwise, a company is forced to pay additional fees to an adequate fund.

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