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Adoption of ESF Operational Programme for Denmark


The Commission has adopted today the Danish national Operational Programme for the implementation of the ESF in the period 2014-2020. This programme outlines the priorities and objectives to spend 400 million euros (of which over 200 from EU budget) contributing to strengthening economic growth in all Danish regions.

In May, the Commission adopted the Partnership Agreement with Denmark, setting down the strategies for European Structural and Investment Funds. It was the first of the 28 Partnership Agreements that need to be signed with all Member States to guide the expenditure of cohesion policy funding in 2014-2020.

The total ESF allocation will be distributed among the following four priorities:

  • Entrepreneurship and job creation: 144.7 million euros will be devoted to actions aiming at increasing self-employment and jobs in ESF-supported enterprises;
  • Cross-border mobility: 5.6 million euros will fund actions to enhance transnational labour mobility;
  • Inclusion through education and employment: 80.1 million euros will help those on the margins of the labour market to find a job. This amount represents the 20% that must be reserved for Social Inclusion;
  • Vocational training and higher education: 150.3 million euros will be devoted to increase the number of vocational education participants, among both young and adult people.

There will be a strong regional approach, since the use of ESF will be tailored to the specific needs of the different Danish regions. The Regional Growth Forums will decide the actual projects to be supported, according to the above priorities.