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ESIF partnership agreements with 5 EU countries

20/06/2014
ESIF partnership agreements with 5 EU countries © Shutterstock / Nikolay Litov

The European Commission has adopted today Partnership Agreements with Cyprus, Slovakia and the three Baltic States on the use of European Structural and Investment Funds funding during the next seven years.

In addition to funding from the European Social Fund (ESF), all these countries apart from Estonia will be allocated financial support from the Youth Employment Initiative (YEI).

The Partnership Agreements set down the strategy for the optimal use of European Structural and Investment Funds in the countries' regions, cities and people. These investments aim to promote sustainable and quality employment and support labour mobility; to promote social inclusion and combat poverty and any discrimination; to invest in education, training and vocational training for skills and lifelong learning; and to enhance institutional capacity of public authorities and stakeholders and efficient public administration.

Priorities

Each country has its own priorities to focus on. Cyprus will for example mitigate the impact of the crisis on the most disadvantaged by targeted social inclusion actions, while in Lithuania helping people enter the labour market is a top priority. In Latvia, a good part of the investments will go to enhancing the qualification of the unemployed and will support targeted measures for those with low skills, young people and older workers. Measures in Estonia will include the establishment of a comprehensive system to curb the increase in the number of people in incapacity for work, while providing assistance in the search for suitable jobs. Slovakia will also put an emphasis on investing in human capital and helping people enter the labour market.

Budget

The total ESF allocation differs from country to country, ranging from €130 million in Cyprus to as much as €2,2 billion in Slovakia. The funding from the Youth Employment Initiative (YEI), a financial instrument to confront the high youth unemployment rates across Europe, also varies depending on the country.

The exact breakdown is given in the table below:

 

Cyprus

Lithuania

Latvia

Estonia

Slovakia

Promoting sustainable and quality employment and supporting labour mobility

€ 69,500,000

€ 275,504,430

€ 135,410,788

€ 228,122,335

€ 918,099,996

Promoting social inclusion, combating poverty and any discrimination

€ 27,000,000

€ 220,294,386

€ 225,160,750

€ 133,753,104

€ 433,699,291

Investing in education, training and vocational training for skills and lifelong learning

€ 26,000,000

€ 455,313,921

€ 238,500,493

€ 194,889,771

€ 458,745,509

Enhancing institutional capacity of public authorities and stakeholders and efficient public administration

€ 5,055,000

€ 150,359,184

€ 18,063,357

€ 30,211,800

€ 267,311,313

Technical assistance

€ 1,933,887

€ 25,812,183

€ 21,420,040

-

€ 89,737,971

Total

€ 129,488,887

1,127,284,104

€ 638,555,428

€ 586,977,010

€ 2,167,595,080

 

Youth Employment Initiative

€ 11,500,000

€ 31,800,000

€ 29,010,639

-

€72,200,000

 

Next steps

The Commission and the five countries concerned are currently negotiating the respective Operational Programmes (OP), which will allow the countries to select, implement, monitor and evaluate the individual projects according to the priorities and targets agreed with the Commission.