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Programm: Human Resources Development Bulgaria

Human Resources Development Bulgaria
Acronym HRD OP
Type of Fund Structural Fund
Description of programme
"Human Resources Development Bulgaria"

OP Human Resources development will contribute actively to achieving two of the targets of the European Strategy for Smart, Sustainable, and Inclusive Growth Europe 2020. These are the targets in the fields of employment and the fight against poverty and social exclusion.

HRD OP is set upon the following three pillars:

  1. Higher employment rate and better quality employment by fighting against unemployment among labour market vulnerable groups, above all youth and long-term unemployed, and also the achievement of higher employment rate among older-age people;
  2. Reducing poverty and promoting social inclusion - quality employment is the best way to tackle poverty and social exclusion, together with facilitating access to employment for people who are away from the labour market. The pillar addresses also children with disabilities, the need for deinstitutionalization and replacement of the institutional model of care for the elderly with home-based or community services, Roma integration, and provision of support to social enterprises;
  3. Modernisation of public policies - Strengthening and building up capacity of the structures which implement policies in the field of equal opportunities and non-discrimination; establishing a better coordination between the institutions, providers of social and healthcare services and the civil sector. Within this pillar HRD OP will provide support to transnational cooperation between organisations from Bulgaria and other EU Member States. Based on small-scale initiatives for exchange of experience and best practices, transnational projects should serve as the basis for establishing effective and efficient policies at national level.
Link Link to Programme
Thematic Focus Employment, Education, Development Cooperation, Equal Rights, Capacity Building, Youth, People with Disabilities, Human Rights, Social affairs
Origin of Applicant of programme
Human Resources Development Bulgaria
Bulgaria / България
Financial details

85 % funded by the ERDF and 15 % by national financing; more details are specified in the particular calls, i.e. minimal and maximum amounts.

Contact Details

European Funds and International Programmes and Projects Directorate -
Managing Authority of Operational Programme "Human Resources Development"
Tel: (+359 2) 811 96 00



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Subprogrammes of Human Resources Development Bulgaria


The sub-programme (priority axes) is focused on investment in institutional capacity and in the efficiency of public administrations and public services at the national, regional and local levels with a view to reforms, better regulation and good governance. This investment priority includes 2 specific objectives: 

Specific objective 1: Increasing the knowledge, skills and competencies of the employees in the administrations in the field of social inclusion, healthcare, equal opportunities and non-discrimination and working conditions

Specific objective 2: Introduction of new processes with the aim to improve the processes of planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and control at the institutions operating in the field of social inclusion, healthcare, equal opportunities and non-discrimination and working conditions



The purpose is to combine different measures targeting integration of economically inactive people and unemployed job-seekers, on the one hand, with measures for improving the organisation of labour and the working conditions in the enterprises, on the other hand, and further matching with facilitated access to different forms of lifelong learning opportunities. 

The sub-programme (priority axes) consists of 7 investment priorities, each of which  has  several specific objectives (for more detailed information about the objectives, please view the Operational programme):

Investment priority 1: Access to employment for job-seekers and inactive people, including the long-term unemployed and people far from the labour market; also through local employment initiatives and support for labour mobility.

Investment Priority No 2: Sustainable integration into the labour market of young people, in particular those not in employment, education or training, including young people at risk of social exclusion and young people from marginalised communities, including through the implementation of the Youth Guarantee - YEI

Investment Priority No 3 : Sustainable integration into the labour market of young people, particularly of those who are not engaged in employment, education or training, including young people at risk of social exclusion and young people from marginalised communities, including through implementation of the Youth Guarantee (ESF)

Investment Priority No 4: Modernization of labour market institutions such as public and private employment services, and improvement of the adequate matching of labour market needs, including through actions to increase transnational mobility of the labour force, and also through schemes of mobility and better cooperation between the institutions and the relevant stakeholders

Investment priority No.5: Self-employment, entrepreneurship and business creation, including innovative micro, small and medium sized enterprises

Investment priority No. 6: Enhancing equal access to lifelong learning for all age groups in formal, non-formal and informal settings, upgrading the knowledge, skills and competences of the workforce, and promoting flexible learning pathways including through career guidance and validation of acquired competences”

Investment Priority No 7: Adaptation of Workers, Enterprises and Entrepreneurs to Change


The sub-programme (priority axes) covers all investment priorities included in the rest of the sub-programmes (please, view the  sub-programmes for more details). The added value of this sub-programme is that while it will cover  again the areas of labour market, social inclusion, healthcare, equal opportunities and non-discrimination, working conditions and building administrative capacity, it will support the knowledge transfer, the introduction of social innovations, good practices and partnership approaches aiming to find solutions to the common problems, the development of specific partnership skills, etc. within these areas.

The main objective is to contribute to promoting transnational cooperation in respect of exchange of experience, good practices and models of increasing knowledge, skills and competences.

Each project funded under this priority axis should contribute to social innovation, i.e. should contain an innovative element.


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