Spain and others receive more than €685 million in EU support

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The EU Commission has granted more than €685 million to three European Social Fund (ESF) operational programmes (OPs) in Poland, Germany and Spain to help the countries with coronavirus emergency response through REACT-EU.

The ESF OP of Catalonia in Spain will receive an additional €595 million to stimulate job creation for unemployed people, particularly the young, and will help maintain employment and skill development of workers. The funds will also support the labour market integration of people with disabilities and other vulnerable people.

In Poland, the modification of the national ESF programme ‘Knowledge, Education, Development’ will be topped up with €74.6 million for specialised training and psychological support to doctors and other medical staff.

In Germany, the modification of the ESF OP Saxony will make €16 million available to strengthen education and employment opportunities. In particular, the new EU money will support vocational training, extracurricular education for green and digital change and vocational re-entry measures for young researchers affected by the pandemic, providing them with specialised and additional skills to increase their labour-market opportunities. The transformation of small businesses towards a green and digital future will also be supported through HR development in the fields of research and strategic innovation management to improve their attractiveness for high skilled staff.

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Deirdre Tynan

Deirdre Tynan is an award-winning journalist who enjoys bringing the best in news reporting to Spain’s largest English-language newspaper, Euro Weekly News. She has previously worked at The Mirror, Ireland on Sunday and for news agencies, media outlets and international organisations in America, Europe and Asia. A huge fan of British politics and newspapers, Deirdre is equally fascinated by the political scene in Madrid and Sevilla. She moved to Spain in 2018 and is based in Jaen.


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