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ESF programme "Knowledge Education Development" for Poland adopted


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The Polish ESF OP addresses key structural challenges in the fields of employment, social inclusion, health, education and public administration

The European Commission has adopted the operational programme Knowledge Education Development for the implementation of the European Social Fund and the Youth Employment Initiative (YEI) in Poland.

This programme aims to contribute to addressing key challenges which Poland faces in the fields of employment, social inclusion, health, education and public administration. Its total volume is EUR 4.689 billion of which EUR 4.436 billion from the EU budget including EUR 252 million from the Youth Employment Initiative.

This operational programme will support measures in line with the priorities of the Europe 2020 Strategy to ensure smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. Furthermore, it will directly support interventions addressing the challenges outlined in the Country-Specific Recommendations. This ensures investments in particular in the integration in the labour market of young people, a focus on vocational education and training and on participation of women on the labour market.  

Investments will cover the following main areas:

  • Promoting sustainable and quality employment and supporting labour mobility;
  • Promoting social inclusion and combating poverty;
  • Investing in education, skills and lifelong learning and
  • Enhancing institutional capacity and efficient public administration.

Main beneficiaries of the planned actions include central government bodies, territorial self-government bodies and municipalities, courts and judiciary institutions, social partners and relevant civil sector organisations.

The OP will focus on systemic measures at national level and will be complemented by regional OPs, which will provide complementary individual support.