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Call: Active Labour Market Measures

IPA Sectoral Programme Montenegro
Type of Fund Structural Funds
Description of programme
"IPA Sectoral Programme Montenegro"

Education, employment and social policy are three areas that contain the key elements necessary to achieve sustainable, smart and inclusive growth in Montenegro. These areas are significantly interconnected and interventions, especially reforms, in these fields need to be implemented in parallel . In this way, they will have a deep impact not only on the Montenegrin labour market, but also on the achievements in overall economy, in line with the Economic Reform Programme (ERP) and the Employment and Social Policy Reform Programme (ESRP).

This Sectoral Operational Programme (SOP) will contribute to implementation of the ESRP which has been adopted by the Government on 26 June 2015. It will support participation in the labour market and  improve opportunities for vulnerable groups in society through the implementation of social inclusion policies and will address the mismatch between the skills demanded in the labour market and those offered by the education and training system. Thus the Sectoral Operational Programme will contribute to the increase in the employment rate of the Montenegrin population aged 15–64 from 47.4% (2013) to 53% -56% (2020) and strengthen the cooperation between labour market and educational institutions.

It is important to point out that the issue of social inclusion of Roma and Egyptian (RE) population will be covered through activities within all three actions foreseen in the SOP.

Description of programme
"Improving the Labour Market and Increasing Employability"

This Action focuses on addressing the challenges related to high unemployment of youth (especially university graduates), regional disparities in employment rates, increasing the competitiveness of labour force via trainings for deficit occupations, fostering entrepreneurship, improving local partnerships for employment, and ensuring better access to labour market for socially vulnerable groups. The objective of this action is to improve conditions for the creation of new jobs for unemployed and inactive persons, by increasing their employability, having in mind regional needs and disparities, as well as equal opportunities, and to promote local employment initiatives. 

Specific objectives:

  • To foster new entrepreneurship with the aim of long-term provision of new job creation and to provide support to employers for new employment in northern region of Montenegro;
  • To train the unemployed in order to increase their key competences and skills, and consequently, their competitiveness on the labour market, as well as to train the unemployed for deficit occupations and to support social inclusion and increase of employability of socially vulnerable groups;
  • To promote local employment initiatives by ensuring inclusion of all relevant local labour market stakeholders.

The following activities will be implemented:

  • Activity 1.1: Implementation of active labour market policy measures:
    • Support to self-employment
    • Training activities:
      • Sustainable skills development for deficit occupations;
      • Increasing access to the labour market, increasing employment and providing support in acquiring entrepreneurial knowledge and skills through training programmes for Roma population.
    • Support to employment in northern region of Montenegro.
  • Activity 1.2: Development of local employment initiatives
Active Labour Market Measures
Description of call
"Active Labour Market Measures"

Specific objectives of this activity are:

  • To create new jobs through self-employment - a focus on entrepreneurship and creation of small and medium-sized enterprises;
  • To provide training for the unemployed, including socially vulnerable groups;
  • To support employment in the northern regions of Montenegro including self-employment support, via provision of financial support for employment of labour force from the unemployment register in the northern region. This activity includes the provision of possibility to the unemployed persons from the northern region of Montenegro to be trained for the work at employers’ in their municipalities of residence. 

This activity involves the following: support to implementation of improved and tailor-made active labour market policy measures with the emphasis on the training of the unemployed, including marginalised groups; support to activities related to self-employment and fostering of employment in the northern regions

Thematic Focus Employment, Education, Equal Rights, Human Rights, Social affairs, Competitiveness
Funding area Montenegro / Crna Gora/Црна Гора
Select Origin of Applicant Montenegro / Crna Gora/Црна Гора
Eligible applicants Education and Training Centres, Federal State / Region / City / Municipality / Local Authority, Lobby Group / Professional Association / Trade Union, Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, SMEs (between 10 and 249 employees), Microenterprises (fewer than 10 employees), NGO / NPO, National Government, Start Up Company, University, Enterprise (more than 250 employees or not defined), Association, Public Services, Other
Applicant details



  • Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare
  • Employment Agency of Montenegro (at central level and regional/local offices)
  • Employers
  • Licensed training providers
  • Non-governmental organisations/associations
  • Municipalities
  • Chamber of Commerce
  • Social partners
  • Other relevant actors
Recurring Call unknown
Type of Funding Grant
Financial details

The EU co-financing rate is 85%  of the total costs of the project. 

Contact Details

Aleksandar Andrija Pejović
State Secretary, National IPA Coordinator
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration
Stanka Dragojevica, 2
Tel: +382-20-225568
Fax: +382-20-225591

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