EU supports tackling unregistered employment in Turkey

A European Union co-funded project of € 3,2 million supporting Turkey in her efforts to combat unregistered employment has successfully been completed. The achievements of the project were acknowledged during a ceremony held on 6 October 2016 in Ankara, attended by President of the Social Security Institution Mr. Mehmet Selim Bağlı, Deputy Undersecretary of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security Mr. Kürşad Arat, and Counsellor-Head of the Economic and Social Development Section of the EU Delegation Mr. François Begeot.

The "Promoting Registered Employment for Better Guidance and Inspection" project has reinforced the Social Security Institution's (SSI) new approach to combating unregistered employment which prioritises guidance instead of sanctioning. The project priorities were fully in line with Turkey's strategies and action plans.


In the context of the project guides have been prepared in 36 sectors for supporting SSI’s guidance activities targeting employers, with a friendly and easy to read language explaining the obligations of the employers. Training activities have been provided for SSI’s staff assigned to combating unregistered employment. An academic advisory board has been convened to propose policy options. A mass communication campaign has been delivered reaching out to more than 23,000 persons. Students, unregistered workers, journalists, imams and heads of villages were the main target groups. A "social security bus" has toured 30 cities and cartoons have been produced to familiarise students with registered employment at early ages.


Additional funds have been utilised to equip the social security inspectors with modern tools to carry out their functions and for the SSI to deliver services to remote areas. Furthermore 40 grant projects with a total budget of € 10 million continue to be implemented on the ground across Turkey supporting awareness raising, capacity building, human resources development and reaching out to employers and employees at local level.


On the occasion of the event François Begeot said: "Unregistered employment leads to economic and social vulnerability of informal workers, on top of the burden it creates on the national budgets. The project that we are closing today has addressed it through supporting policy making and implementation, as well as awareness raising. The EU stands ready to support Turkey further in this endeavour which is now even more challenging due to the Syrian refugee crisis".

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