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The pre-accession instruments, Phare ESS 2001 and Phare ESS 2002

 

Phare Grant schemes 2001 and 2002 were the first programmes administered by the Agency. Despite the relatively small number of projects (total of 74), we faced quite a number of challenges. The administration process for these grants followed the development monitoring procedures, regulations and methodologies, in which beneficiaries had no or very little experiencen but good uniform practices were developed throughout the process. The beginning was not easy, but it had its own charm: the communication and cooperation with beneficiaries was close and warm, we knew their failures ant troubles and we enjoyed the project success together. The Phare Grant schemes experience helped develop the monitoring systems for ESF, Equal and other programs. (JURGITA BUROKEVIČIENĖ, Head of the Internal Audit division)

On August 22, 2002, The Human Resources Development Programmes Support Foundation was established and began its activities. The main task of the Foundation was to organize the implementation of PHARE ESS programmes and to prepare for the administration of ESF projects.

One of the first programmes assigned to the ESFA was the Phare 2001 Vocational Training for Economic and Social Cohesion programme. The global amount available under this Grant Scheme was €2,36 million.

This programme was set up to address the vulnerable or disadvantaged groups in the labour market (disabled, unemployed, convicts), and other groups, such as, employees of business enterprises, non-profit institutions, teachers and trainers working in training institutions, and when justified, groups of employers.

The Phare 2002 Promoting Adaptability, Skills & Social Inclusion” programme funded for €2,98 million comprised of two grant schemes, namely, “Promoting Adaptability and Skills“ and “Promotion of Social Inclusion”.

The global amount available under the Grant Scheme “Promoting Adaptability and Skills” was €1 million.

The activities approved to be administered were: on the-job training courses, including traineeships and apprenticeships, job-specific training and provisions for re-qualification, skills development programmes, job-specific training and pilot testing and work organization forms in enterprises.

The eligible applicants included: training service providers (public and private), labour market institutions (public and private), counseling centres (public and private), also regional and local administrations and governmental institutions, including Labour Exchanges, Trade Unions, non-governmental organizations involved in the identification of labour market needs and in tackling unemployment through training initiatives public and private enterprises, other organizations, institutions, as well as associations involved in training activities.

The target groups included: employees in independent SME, employees at the restructuring enterprises and employees at risk to be dismissed (employees who have already received written dismissal notices).

The global amount available under the Grant Scheme “Promotion of Social Inclusion” was €2 million.

The target groups for this grant were disabled persons, convicted individuals, ex-prisoners, national and ethnic minorities.

The results from the programme are as follows:

  • Utilized €2,09 million (89,24 %) of funding
  • Trained 3490 people
  • Prepared 164 new training programmes
  • Prepared 39 formal and 86 non-formal training programmes
  • Adapted 25 training programmes to target group
  • Printed 10 publications
  • Employed 225 people from target groups
  • Created 3 internet sites
  • Established 2 social enterprises
  • Established 1 social and professional rehabilitation centre
  • Established 1 career center for the disabled
  • Created 1 computerized CV system
  • 6 SMEs received ISO certificates
  • Established modern management systems in 10 SMEs