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Call: Local Employment Initiatives

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
Local Employment Initiatives
Description of call
"Local Employment Initiatives"

The aim of developing local partnerships for employment is:

  • to link all relevant stakeholders in a local community, who can contribute to a better matching of local needs and to the reduction of local disparities related to employment and unemployment;
  • to develop an institutional framework for partnership-based development of human resources at the local level;
  • to strengthen capacities of local stakeholders for development and implementation of local labour market policy.

Within this activity, local employment partnerships will be established in 11 municipalities (in addition to local employment partnerships already established in 4 municipalities) and they will develop the Human Resource Development Strategies (Employment Strategies) that will supplement development goals with additional measures and priorities. The strategies will be developed on the basis of the relevant labour market analyses and information collected from various sources (labour market surveys, national statistical office data and other relevant sources). They will include the goals in line with the real needs of local labour market, the creation of new jobs, increase of employability, reduction of inequality.

The partnerships, strategies, action plans and strengthening of capacities to be developed through this activity, will be harmonized with the local and national goals and EU goals in the labour market area, but also with the national priorities related to the regional development. Within the local employment strategies, a set of projects within sectors employment, social inclusion and education, as well as social partnership, will be developed in order to ensure the implementation of those projects at the local level with the support of EU funds, especially taking into account their sustainability and ownership at the local level. 

Thematic Focus Employment, Education, Capacity Building, Social affairs
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 (regional and local employment offices);
  • local governments;
  • social partners;
  • civil sector;
  • employers;
  • educational institutions;
  • social work centres;
  • regional development agencies;
  • 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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