As part of EU Funds Week, taking place on March 7-11, the Labour and Pension System Ministry on Thursday presented operating programmes for the absorption of money from the (ESF) which foresees 1.8 billion euro for Croatia in the 2016-2020 period.

Presenting the operating programme on efficient human potential, Assistant Labour and Pension System Minister Katarina Ivankovic-Knezevic underscored that around 33% of these funds was earmarked for employment programmes, followed by education and long-life learning programmes (28%) while 20% was reserved for social inclusion programmes until 2020.

Part of the funds, or around 12% is earmarked for good management programmes and 5% for technical support, Ivankovic-Knezevic said.

The target groups are the unemployed, employers and people who wish to improve employability of the young who need to be offered greater mobility opportunities and to more effectively enter the labour market, she underscored and added that the first invitations for application will be advertised in a few weeks.

This is the first time that funding may be absorbed for cultural and art programmes earmarked for the young which will be conducted by the Ministry of Culture.

Around 80 million euro is earmarked for structural education programmes.

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