Employment, Human Capital and Social Cohesion - ESF/YEI

Programme description

Investments will help Cyprus address challenges like high unemployment, in particular among youth, and social exclusion

The Cypriot Operational Programme "Employment, Human Resources and Social Cohesion" for the implementation of the ESF in the period 2014-2020 outlines the priorities and objectives to invest more than €163 million (of which over €140 million from the EU-budget, including €11.5 million from the Youth Employment Initiative) to promote employment, skills, social inclusion and the modernisation of the public administration.

Investments will be focused on the following priorities:

  • Improving employment opportunities (around 53% of the funding), focusing on disadvantaged groups such as the unemployed, long-term unemployed and young people, including youngsters between 15 and 29 years old not in education, employment or training (NEETs). Actions will also be funded to achieve a better functioning of the public employment services;
  • Fighting poverty and social inclusion (20 % of the budget), with emphasis on people at risk of poverty and social exclusion, people with disabilities, and other vulnerable groups;
  • Improving the vocational and technical education system (20% of the budget), in particular to make it more oriented towards the skills needed in the labour market;
  • Improving the efficiency of public administration (nearly 4% of the budget).

The programme will improve job prospects and offer better chances to thousands of citizens, thus contributing to the national targets for employment and poverty reduction as part of the Europe 2020 strategy.

Programme text

OP “Employment, Human Resources and Social Cohesion” 2014-2020




ESF: 114,307,303.00 €

YEI: 36,273,586.00 €

Thematic priorities

TA - Technical Assistance

TO10 - Education and training

TO11 - Better public administration

TO8 - Employment and labour market

TO9 - Social inclusion

Financial information

Total OP budget: 173,953,381.00 €

Total EU contribution: 150,580,889.00 €

Managing Authority

Directorate-General for European programmes, coordination and development

29, Vyronos Avenue

1409 Nicosia

+357 22666810

Head of unit

CCI number: 2014CY05M9OP001