European Social Fund


The ESF is the EU’s main instrument for supporting jobs, helping people get better jobs and ensuring fairer job opportunities for all EU citizens. It works by investing in Europe’s human capital – its workers, its young people and all those seeking a job.

The ESF will finance Malta’s Operational Programme ‘Investing in human capital to create more opportunities and prmote the wellbeing of society’ for the period 2014-2020. The primary objective of the ESF Operational Programme in Malta is that of achieving inclusive growth by fostering an economy which is conductive to economic, social and territorial cohesion in line with Malta’s targets under the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, particularly in terms of employment, social inclusion, education and capacity building.

The Programme aims to increase the employment levels of the different target groups across Malta’s socio-economic fabric. To achieve this goal, the following five Priority Axis have been identified:
(i) Investing in the employability and adaptability of human capital;
(ii) Towards a miore inclusive society;
(iii) Investing in people through education, training and lifelong learning;
(iv) Building the institutional administrative capacity;
(v) Technical assistance.

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