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the Human Resource Development Action Program of 2007-2013


For the period of 2007-2013 ESFA was assigned as the Implementing Body for a new priority Fostering administrative competences and increasing efficiency of public administration“, The Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Lithuania was appointed as the new Intermediate Body to oversee this programme. This intervention within the ESF support was its first; also Lithuania allocated the largest share of ESF assistance (18,2 %) for this priority compared to other EU countries. This priority was implemented through 15 measures. Since this piority Fostering administrative competences and increasing efficiency of public administration“ is horizontal in its nature, it was and still is, a challenge for our staff to increase their competences and knowledge about activities. This priority financed measures such as, the improvement of the system of public administration institutions, initiatives for the quality of public services, the promotion of public policy reforms, territorial planning, and others.  For us, learning is a never ending process because we welcome new activities and new information on how to administer them properly to insure that our clients are receiving the best service. (NERINGA POŠKUTĖ, Head of the Project Management Division)


In 2007, the ESFA was authorized to administer the Human Resource Development Action Programme of 2007-2013, to include:

Priority 1: Quality employment and social inclusion – to improve adaptability of workers and enterprises to the needs of the market, to promote employment and participation of people in the labour market, and to enhance social inclusion.

Priority 2: Lifelong learning – to improve and strengthen institutional lifelong learning system; to improve the quality of lifelong learning services; to increase accessibility of lifelong learning.

Priority 3: Strengthening researchers‘ abilities – to improve qualifications and competence of scientists, doctoral students and other researchers in vertical and horizontal areas, and promote researchers and students’ internal and international mobility as well as mobility between the public and private sector and to help increase the number of the researchers in Lithuania and decrease their average age.

Priority 4: Fostering administrative competences and increasing efficiency of public administration – to improve administration of human resources and strengthen administrative capabilities of the public service; to improve work management, better implement EU policies, to improve structure of public administration; to improve regulation of economic activity, services to public and business.

The Operational Programme for the Development of Human Resources‘s vision is to facilitate the development and growth of an adequate and productive labour force which can serve society‘s needs for economic development, employment and knowledge.

This vision encompasses two clearly defined components. Firstly, Lithuania needs to create more and better jobs, which in turn would stimulate the country’s economy and potentially generate a higher added value, therefore improving the quality of life. On the other hand, the country is faced with the need to speed up its development as a knowledge-based society which would facilitate future growth of the economy and its social development. Adequate human resources are defined as a population of people possessing adequate knowledge, competencies and skills required to conform to an ever-changing environment. The concept of productive human resources implies that the workforce is able to engage productively in the country’s economy and social life of knowledge, competencies and skills therefore enabling the country to achieve its strategic, social and economic development goals.

The results from the programme are as follows:

  • Supported 2,126 projects
  • Implemented 1,724 projects totalling €772,33 million
  • 402 ongoing projects totalling €323,60 million