Cataluña - ESF

Programme description

The regional OP “Comunidad Autónoma de Cataluña” has a volume of €609 million, of which half comes from the EU budget. It places a strong emphasis on the need to address structural weaknesses in the Catalan economy through the strengthening of the business fabric of the region. In particular, this is planned through stimulating growth in SMEs and entrepreneurship. There is also a strong focus on:

  • increasing employment opportunities, especially for long term unemployed, people with low skills and those over 45 years of age;
  • addressing the needs of those at greatest risk of social exclusion and poverty, in particular through active inclusion measures and better and affordable access to social services;
  • modernising the Catalan public employment services;
  • enhancing labour opportunities through improving access to permanent training and the upskilling of the workforce.

Expected impact

  • Increase employment opportunities for the most disadvantaged groups, stimulate and increase entrepreneurship and reduce the gender gap by increasing the labour market participation and opportunities of women in the labour market.
  • Improve the employability of those further away from the labour market by promoting employment measures as a means to combat social exclusion.
  • Increase the quality of and access to training possibilities for people in work.




ESF: 304,742,845.00 €

Thematic priorities

TA - Technical Assistance

TO10 - Education and training

TO8 - Employment and labour market

TO9 - Social inclusion

Financial information

Total OP budget: 609,485,690.00 €

Total EU contribution: 304,742,845.00 €

Managing Authority

Address: Ministry of Employment and Social Security - Unidad Administradora del Fondo Social Europeo (UAFSE)

C/Pío Baroja, 6

E-28009 MADRID

+34 -91 / 363 - 18 00

Head of unit

CCI number: 2014ES05SFOP007