LJUBLJANA, Jan. 9 (Xinhua) -- Citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina, who represent the largest group of foreign workers in Slovenia, have been given the option to apply for work permits online based on an agreement between the two countries, according to the Slovenian Labour Ministry.
The applications may be submitted via the web portal Spot, and the new feature would facilitate procedures for both sides, said the Slovenian Press Agency STA on Wednesday, citing the ministry sources.
The feature is available since Dec. 24 last year as the project of online applications for a single residence and work permit (eBDP) was expanded to work permits based on the employment agreement with Bosnia.
Foreigners represent ten percent of all people in employment in Slovenia. Out of 87,700 foreign workers in October, almost half were from Bosnia-Herzegovina (42,600), followed by those from Serbia (10,800) and Croatia (7,500).
Slovenia also has an employment agreement with Serbia determining the conditions and extent of employment of foreign workers, work permit procedures and the rights and duties of workers and employers.
Croatian citizens have had free access to the Slovenian labour market under EU rules since July last year, said the STA report.