The first meeting of the Coordination committee of the European Union “Budget Support for employment reform in Mongolia”



In the framework of the Financing Agreement signed by The Government of Mongolia with the European Union on the “Budget Support Employment reform in Mongolia, the first Coordination Committee meeting has been organized by the Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Labour and Social Protection for an online meeting.

The meeting was chaired by A.Ariunzaya, Minister of Labor and Social Welfare, and co-chaired by Traian Hristea, Ambassador of the European Union to Mongolia.

In her opening remarks, Minister of Labor and Social Welfare A.Ariunzaya thanked the European Union team for implementing the Budget Support with a grant agreement.

It was noted that the objectives of this project are closely related to the strategic goals of the Government of Mongolia to support the employment of the population, including youth, women and people with disabilities. Minister Ariunzaya also mentioned that reforms are planned in the field of vocational education and employment sectors. She expressed the readiness to support and cooperate in the implementation of the objectives of the European Union Budget Support programme.

His Excellency, Mr Traian Hristea, the European Union Ambassador to Mongolia said: “ All around the world the pandemic has impacted negatively on human and economic development.  The consequences of the crisis have been severe to people, business owners and Governments, to all of us. During this time, the European Union made a significant effort to support our partner Mongolia with additional funds through our Budget Support.  The Government of Mongolia received EUR 16M (MNT 53 billion) in October 2020 as the first disbursement of the Budget Support in Mongolia. The European Union will continue to support the Government of Mongolia to effectively mitigate the health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

During the meeting of the Coordination Committee, B.Battsetseg, Head of the Employment Policy Implementation Coordination Department of the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare, and relevant officials of the Ministry of Finance provided status updates on the progress of the reforms as well as progress on the performance indicators of the Budget Support programme.

The meeting was attended by officials from the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare, the Ministry of Finance and the European Union Delegation to Mongolia.