Thüringen - ESF

Programme description

With an emphasis on local solutions to local problems, the ESF operational programme (OP) in Thuringia addresses the region’s particular economic and demographic challenges

The ESF operational programme for the German State of Thuringia was adopted by the Commission on 6 October 2014. Total funding for the OP amounts to EUR 624 million to which the EU will contribute EUR 499 million.

Through the programme, Thuringia intends to create more high-quality jobs, support economic growth and improve the region’s competitiveness. The OP is therefore tailored to address the regions particular economic and demographic challenges, in line with the Europe 2020 strategy.

Community-led approaches

In order to achieve its objectives, the OP contains three priorities which will determine the types of ESF projects to be funded:

  • It will promote sustainable and high-quality jobs and mobility for the economically inactive and jobseekers, with a particular focus on helping young people get their first job. Entrepreneurship and the adaptability of both workers and companies will be boosted, especially in SMEs. There is a focus on creating more start-ups and supporting research groups and young scientists.
  • Some 35% of ESF funding is dedicated to helping disadvantaged groups play a full role in society and working life. This will involve projects aimed at improving their employability and boosting skills and qualifications. Thuringia also intends to encourage community-led development strategies to achieve these aims.
  • Education, from primary school to lifelong learning, is the third priority. As well as offering work-relevant skills and qualifications, projects will persuade young people to stay in education. In view of the demographic challenges Thuringia is facing, ESF projects will help young people get better qualifications and then move smoothly into work.

Support for young people and boosting gender equality are issues that cut across all three priorities in the OP. In addition, the new approach of “community-led local development strategies” is intended to tackle social exclusion by ensuring local communities have a voice in finding and implementing solutions to their needs and circumstances.

Programme text

Operationelles Programm ESF 2014 bis 2020 im Freistaat Thüringen




ESF: 499,319,106.00 €

Thematic priorities

TA - Technical Assistance

TO10 - Education and training

TO8 - Employment and labour market

TO9 - Social inclusion

Financial information

Total OP budget: 624,148,883.00 €

Total EU contribution: 499,319,106.00 €

Managing Authority

Thüringer Ministerium für Wirtschaft, Arbeit und Technologie

Max-Reger-Straße 4 - 8

99096 Erfurt


Head of unit

CCI number: 2014DE05SFOP014