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The Finance Minister Met with the Commissioner V. Špidla

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2007 09 28

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Vilnius, September 28. Today, in Brussels, the Finance Minister Rimantas Šadžius met with the  Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities Vladimir Špidla. The meeting was arranged on the occasion of the approval by the European Commission of the Operational Programme for the Development of Human Resources, under which 13.8 % of EU structural assistance allocated to Lithuania for the period 2007-2013 will be used.

During the celebration ceremony Mr. R. Šadžius and Mr. V. Špidla signed the Celebration Act certifying that the Operational Programme for the Development of Human Resources is properly developed, approved by the European Commission and is in the initial phase of its implementation.


Operational Programme for the Development of Human Resources – LTL 3.2 billion (13.8 % *)

The Operational Programme for the Development of Human Resources will be financed from the European Social Fund. This is one out of the three thematic programmes under which the Strategy on Use of EU Structural Assistance in Lithuania for the Period 2007-2013 will be implemented. The purpose of the Programme is to attract and maintain people in the labour market, promote more active life-long learning, develop the highest qualification labour force and improve public administration.

 

  • Qualitative employment and social coverage (5.5 %, LTL 1.29 billion). Investments should help to better adjust the labour force supply and demand, in order to attain the long-term effect overcoming the investments made. It would be invested in the quality of labour force and enhancement of labour productivity, thus, it would result in the expansion of the skilled labour force demand.  Labour force demand will be enhanced by supporting population employment incentives, and supply by supporting initiatives designed for enhancement of population’s economic activeness and integration of persons experiencing social risks and isolation into the labour market. Better adjusted labour force supply and demand, and greater supply of the skilled employees would help to essentially improve the social situation, to ensure a better standard of living and the quality of life.

 

  • Life-long learning (3.8 %, LTL 0.9 billion). First of all it will be endeavoured that education institutions were interested in the development of life-long learning services. It is envisaged to complete the process of development of the national qualification system, ensure education quality monitoring and to update vocational training standards.  A new qualification system will be favourable for those seeking to undergo life-long learning: they will be able to easier evaluate their possibilities and, appropriately, to upgrade qualifications or requalify. Besides, the qualifications obtained not only in the formal education system, but competences obtained in vocational activities or self-learning will also be included. The investments will be also made into the improvement of the management of the education system, the staff qualifications of formal and informal education institutions and development of libraries.

 

  • Researchers’ capacity building (1.7 %, LTL 0.4 billion). In Lithuania it is necessary to improve qualifications of postgraduates, scientists and other researchers. This would cover the quality of preparation of postgraduates and scientists and researchers employed in science institutions, higher schools and business enterprises, improvement of qualifications and competences with all their career stages – from graduation and during the entire career period. The capacities of researchers are being strengthened with the aim to attain more efficient activities both in the private and public sectors in the area of research and technological development (RTD). It would help Lithuania to better participate in international RTD programmes, to attract more foreign direct investments in high-tech area, foreign scientific centres included.

 

  • Administrative capacity building and public administration enhancement (2.5 %, LTL 0.6 billion). Investments are required for that the knowledge, capacities and skills of public servants would meet the existing and future needs. Tax and expenditure systems will be developed, it would be aimed at more rational distribution of resources and more efficient use thereof. Expenditure distribution will be elaborated in order to improve strategic planning, programme budget, internal and external audits. Investments will be made in administrative capacities required to better represent Lithuania at the EU level. It is also planned to elaborate the structure of the entire public administration system, the structure of state institutions and distribution of functions. Allocations are also made to the improvement of public services and the reform, which is in particular required in the areas of higher education, RTD and health.

* Percentage is calculated from the total amount of EU assistance

 

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