A year after concluding the public debate on the Draft Law on Amendments to the Law on Social Protection, the Ministry of Labor, Employment, Veteran and Social Issues organized a consultative meeting and made available a new version of the draft law to the public. However, even the latest version of the draft law almost entirely failed to include key changes proposed by civil society organizations, while keeping some provisions in violation of the Constitution and international state obligations. Therefore, the A 11 Initiative submitted comments and suggestions to the new version of the draft, as well. Comments mainly refer to provisions of the draft law violating human rights of beneficiaries of financial social assistance by introducing the forces unpaid labor. In addition, objections were also made with respect to the wide scope of powers provided to the centers for social work in terms of processing personal data of beneficiaries of financial social assistance when collecting data on the residence of individuals or their family members abroad. Finally, it also reiterated the inappropriate solutions found in the July 2018 Draft.
All comments to the Draft Law on Amendments to the Law on Social Protection can be found here.