is the EU's employment and social solidarity programme. It was established to support financially the implementation of the objectives of the European Union in employment, social affairs and equal opportunities, as set out in the Social Agenda
. It also contributes to the achievement of the EU 'Lisbon' Growth and Jobs Strategy.
Working alongside the European Social Fund
started in 2007 and will run until 2013. This programme replaces the four previous ones that ended in 2006 covering actions against discrimination, equality between men and women, employment measures and the fight against social exclusion. The EU opted for a single programme to rationalise and streamline EU funding and concentrate its activities to improve the impact.
PROGRESS will ensure that EU social policy remains on course to face the key policy challenges and concentrate on actions that need a combined European effort. It will work to support Member States to ensure they deliver on their commitments to create more and better jobs, to guarantee equal opportunities for all and to implement EU laws uniformly.
PROGRESS has a global budget of € 743,25 million for seven years (2007-2013). The EU will use this budget to act as a catalyst for change and modernisation in five areas:
PROGRESS is open to the 27 EU Member States, EU candidate and EFTA/EEA countries. It targets Member States, local and regional authorities, public employment services and national statistics offices. Specialised bodies, universities and research institutes, as well as the social partners and non-governmental organisations can participate.
PROGRESS’s core mission is to help Member States achieve the objectives set out in the EU's Social Agenda.
But how does the European Commission aim to fulfil this mission in practice? The Commission will:
- deliver analysis and advice on relevant issues in employment and social affairs
- look at and check how far Member States have implemented EU legislation and policies
- engage with stakeholders and society at large to make sure that their concerns and expectations are voiced and heard
- promote policy transfer, learning and support on EU objectives and priorities at EU and Member State level.
PROGRESS focuses on activities with a strong European dimension to guarantee an EU added value. These activities are designed to inform policy analysis and development. In this respect, PROGRESS differs from the European Social Fund, which invests in the implementation of employment and social inclusion policies in the Member States.
Body responsible for the coordination of Progress programme in Republic of Croatia is Ministry of Economy, Labour and Entrepreneurship.
Croatian Employment Service is responsible for Component I – Employment.
Nada Kerovec, Head of Project Implementation Department
Radnička cesta 1
10 000 Zagreb
Tel: +385 1 6126 046
Fax: +385 1 6126 038
Social Inclusion and Protection: