Educational and Entrepreneurial Growth - ESF

Programme description

The Danish national Operational Programme for the implementation of the ESF in the period 2014-2020 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.

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.

Programme text

ESF Operational Program 2014-2020 (in Danish)








ESF: 213,024,265.00 €

Thematic priorities

TA - Technical Assistance

TO10 - Education and training

TO8 - Employment and labour market

TO9 - Social inclusion

Financial information

Total OP budget: 410,953,278.00 €

Total EU contribution: 213,024,265.00 €

Managing Authority


Vejlsøvej 29

8600 Silkeborg

35 29 10 00

Head of unit

CCI number: 2014DK05SFOP001