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2007-2013 – Strengthening of multilateral cooperation, Support to convergence process

The main goals raised for this programming period are full employment, quality and productivity at work, social cohesion and inclusion. As the role of multilateral cooperation will remain important together with all these goals, the principles of the Community’s initiative EQUAL, successfully tested since 2000, will be integrated into the new programming of 2007-2013.

During the 2000-2006 programming period, EQUAL developed new ideas for creation of atmosphere that promotes integration. They strive to combat discrimination on the basis of gender, national origin, religion, previous conviction, disability or sexual orientation.

In 2007, Romania and Bulgaria joined.

Two main issues of this programming period are convergence of the most and the least developed regions, strengthening of regional competitiveness and employment. The measures related to economic and social changes are supported.