The Human Capital Investment Operational Programme (HCI OP) was the ESF programme for Ireland for the period 2007 to 2013 with €751m total funding for the Programme including €375m co-financed by the EU through the ESF.
The Programme comprised of 14 distinct areas of investment which contribute to the Programme’s overall objectives. More detailed information on the particular investment areas of the Programme is set out in the Operational Programme. This also includes the text of the European Commission decision which gave effect to certain changes to the Programme.
Though the Programme period expired in 2013, expenditure in respect of the Programme activities was eligible until end-2015. The focus of the Operational Programme was on labour market activation of the unemployed and on education and equality programmes.
The main policy documents which have shaped the ESF for Ireland during 2007-2013 are:
Ireland’s €184 billion National Development Plan for the period 2007-2013 built on the significant social and economic achievements of the NDP/CSF (2006-2006). Entitled Transforming Ireland-A Better Quality of Life for All, this seven-year plan consolidated the achievements of the previous Plan and provided:
EU Structural funds played a complementary role in relation to the NDP 2007-2013 with the ESF particularly focused on supporting niche interventions specifically relating to the upskilling of workers, support for increased participation by marginalised groups in the workforce and activities to support equality and prevent discrimination in the workforce.
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