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New EMPLOYMENT strand on integration of disadvantaged groups

The European Commission has added a fourth strand to its Community EMPLOYMENT initiative, designed to contribute to the development of human resources, improve the workings of the labour market, promote social solidarity in the EU, and promote equal opportunities for women in ...
The European Commission has added a fourth strand to its Community EMPLOYMENT initiative, designed to contribute to the development of human resources, improve the workings of the labour market, promote social solidarity in the EU, and promote equal opportunities for women in the labour market.

The new strand, entitled "Employment-Integra", is designed to improve the access to the labour market and the employability of vulnerable groups who find themselves excluded or at risk of being excluded from the labour market.

Measures likely to be supported will include:

- Development of models, particularly on a transnational basis, for improving the accessibility and quality of the full range of public services for vulnerable groups and disadvantaged people and for developing grassroot capacities and community-based approaches to promoting the empowerment and full inclusion of these target groups;
- Delivery, in particular through transnational cooperation, of training;
- Job creation and support, particularly on a transnational basis, for the start-up of enterprises, cooperatives and public-private partnerships;
- Information dissemination and awareness actions.

The contribution of the Structural Funds to Employment-Integra will be ECU 385 million, of which approximately 50% should go to Objective 1 and 6 regions.
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