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1994-1999 – The measure for support of structural strategy was developed, Integration of the disabled into the labour market was started


The European Social Fund raised a new goal – to look ahead and support adaptability to industrial changes. Improvement of the employees’ qualification was promoted in relation to changes in industry. This reform was the result of transition from pure regulation of funds to the measure of structural strategy supporting. The Community’s initiative ADAPT was important for this task.

A new goal was formulated – integration of people who were excluded from the labour market. It encompassed the disabled and young people.

A new Community’s initiative EMPLOYMENT had to implement these goals. Together with the existing HORIZON and NOW, and new YOUTHSTART and INTEGRA projects, they attempted to prevent exclusion of the disabled from the labour market.

In 1995 Austria, Sweden and Finland joined.