Operational Programme ”Human Resources Development(2014 – 2020) is aimed at achieving higher employment rates and improved quality of the labour market, reduction of poverty rates, promotion of social inclusion and modernization of public policies. These are the main pillars that are set within the five priority axes of the OPHRD. The program budget is almost 1.1 billion Euro.

Priority Axis 1 "Improving the access to employment and job quality" has a financial resource in amount of 1, 27 billion lv., which is the largest share of the Programme’s budget. It includes two thematic areas.

- "Promoting sustainable and quality jobs and supporting labor mobility"

- "Investments in education, training, incl. vocational training and lifelong learning."

Investment priorities:

  1. Access to employment for job seekers and inactive people, incl. long-term unemployed and people with lower competitiveness, and also through local employment initiatives and support for labor mobility
  2. Sustainable integration in the labor market of young people, particularly those who are not engaged in employment, education or training, incl. young people at risk of social exclusion and young people from marginalized communities, incl. through implementation of the Youth Guarantee
  3. Self-employment, entrepreneurship and business promotion, incl. innovative micro, small and medium enterprises
  4. Improving the equal access to opportunities for lifelong learning for all ages in formal, informal and unofficial kinds of trainings; updating the knowledge, skills and competences of the workforce and promoting flexible learning processes, incl. through career consulting and validation of the acquired competencies
  5. Adaptation of workers, enterprises and entrepreneurs to change
  6. Modernization of the institutions, such as public and private employment services, and improvement of their work in order to correspond to the needs of the labor market, incl. through increasing transnational labor mobility, as well as through mobility schemes and better cooperation between institutions and relevant stakeholders

Priority Axis 2 "Reducing poverty and promoting social inclusion" has a budget of 658 million lv. and covers only the less developed regions and target communities of migrants, Roma and other marginalized groups.

Investment priorities:

  1. Socio-economic integration of marginalized communities such as Roma
  2. Active Inclusion, incl. for promotion of equal opportunities and the active participation and better employability
  3. Improving the access to services that are affordable,sustainable and high quality, incl. health andsocial services of generalinterest
  4. Promoting social entrepreneurship and vocational integration in social enterprises and the promotion of social and solidarity economy aiming at facilitation of the access to employment

Priority Axis 3. "Modernization of the institutions for labor market, social inclusion and health" will support project proposals improving the institutional capacity of public authorities and stakeholders, as well as ideas, contributing to a more efficient public administration in the field of human resources and social services. The budget of the measures provided for this priority axis is 86 million lv.

Investment priorities:

  1. Investment in institutional capacity and efficiency of public administrations and in public services at national, regional and local level for implementation of reforms, better regulations and good governance practices

The fourth priority axis "Transnational cooperation" will finance activities for promotion of transnational cooperation in the fields of the labour market, social inclusion, health, equal opportunities and non-discrimination and the strengthening of institutional capacity. It will support the cooperation of stakeholders in the Danube region in the direction: "Investing in people and skills."

Priority axis 5 "Technical Assistance" will support the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of Operational Programme “Human Resources Development” (2014 – 2020) and will provide informational support to beneficiaries..

Potential beneficiaries of the Operational Programme "Human Resources Development" (2014 - 2020) are employers and clusters; self-employed; NGOs; educational and training organizations and institutions, incl. labour brokerage services; municipalities and areas of municipalities; centers for information and career guidance, career development and entrepreneurship development; social partners; government institutions; health care providers; public health establishments; Medical Universities and community centers; SOEs; social enterprises and cooperatives of people with disabilities; registered religious branches.

Sample eligible activities:

  • Provision of intermediary services on the labor market, activation of inactive persons, organizing and participating in job fairs and other supporting services
  • Professional information and consultation in matters relating to the exercise of labor and insurance rights
  • Psychological support;
  • Provision of motivational training;
  • Providing training to enhance the professionalskills or acquire new ones;
  • Provision of training for acquisition of key competences;
  • Ensuring work places afterproviding intermediaryservices and / ortraining;
  • Providing apprenticeshipsand internships;
  • Providing incentivesfor promoting mobility of jobseekers fromdisadvantaged groups on the labor market.
  • Providing incentives to employersfor hiringunemployed people fromdisadvantaged groupson the labor market.
  • Promoting the launch and development of entrepreneurship and private business;
  • Provision of trainings for acquisitionof entrepreneurial,managerial and business skills;
  • Providing financial support for self-employment initiatives


Prospected start:February 2016 г.

Intensity and amount of the grant

Micro, small and medium enterprises are not required to co-finance, so the grant intensity is 100%.

For large companies the grant intensity is 80%.

The applicable funding regime is "de minimis" the following conditions:
• Minimum grant amount - 50 000 BGN
• Maximum grant amount - 391 166 BGN
• The maximum grant amount under this component for one and the same company (and its associated enterprises), together with any other received “de minimis” aid, cannot exceed the equivalent of EUR 200,000 over a period of three fiscal years.

Eligible applicants:

- Candidates may be micro, small, medium and large enterprises that have their own legal personality. An enterprise is considered to be any entity engaged in an economic activity, regardless of its legal status and the way it is financed.

- For 2015 and 2014 years, the applicant should have a turnover equal to or greater than the maximum amount of the advance payment (20% of the grant))

* If the applicant is a newly registered enterprise, the considered period is from registration of the enterprise to the moment of application.

- When the project includes an Activity 3 "Providing safe and healthy working conditions, improving the health status of the employees', the applicant shoud have ensured the mandatory health and safety conditions in advance.

Eligible projects:

1. Development, adaptation and implementation of systems for human resource development in enterprises, incl. opportunities for flexible forms of employment, optimization of business processes focusing on practices for the reconciliation of work, family and private life, extension the working life of older employees. Introduction of innovative models of work organization in enterprises aimed at increasing the productivity and the environmental protection.

  • Providing transportation to and from the workplace for the period of up to 12 months.
  • Providing safe and healthy work conditions, improving the health status of the employees.
    - Providing means to collective protection, incl. upgrading and/or reconstruction and/or providing protection of existing facilities, processes, machines and equipment
    - Purchase of personal protection equipment and special clothing
    - Acquisition of standards for safe working conditions
    - Training the employees on the specific health risks associated with the workplace and the methods and means for their reduction and prevention
    - Training the employees on working safely with the new work equipment and technology, introduced within the project, if not provided by the supplier
  • Provision of social benefits for employees, including the renovation and equipping of recreation, dining and holiday facilities, sports facilities, etc.

* If the employee lives outside the town where their workplace is, but no more than 100 kilometers in one direction

IMPORTANT: Activities for organization and management of projects and activities for information and publicity are required for each project proposal.

Eligible costs:

1. Personnel costs
• Costs for salaries incl. social security contributions for employees, hired under Action 1
• Costs for salaries incl. social security contributions for employees, hired in Activity 2 Activity 3 and Activity 4
• Cost for subsistence, travel and accommodation of the employees receiving salaries under Action 1
• Cost for subsistence, travel and accommodation of the employees receiving salaries under Action 2 and Action 3

2. Cost for materials

• Costs for materials, supplies and/or specialized software, required for the implementation of Action 1
• Costs for materials, supplies, equipment and furniture, required for the implementation of Actions 2, 3 and 4
• Costs for fuel and/or supplies for used vehicles for Activity 2
• Costs for the purchase of special clothing and PPE necessary for the implementation of Activity 3
• Costs for the purchase of equipment and furniture, intanglible assets and furniture and other directly related to the implementation of Activity 3 costs
• Costs for the purchase of equipment and furniture, intangible assets and furniture and other directly related to the implementation of Activity 4 costs

  • Costs for services

• Cost for insurance for the acquired equipment
• Costs for renting rooms and equipment, and other directly related to the implementation of Action 1 costs
• Costs for renting rooms and equipment and other directly related to the implementation of Activity 3 and Activity 4 costs

• Costs arising from contracts for work/service or procurement contracts under the Law on obligations and contracts for performing Activity 1
• Costs arising from contracts for work/service or procurement contracts under the Law on obligations and contracts for implementing Activity 2, Activity 3 and Activity 4. This also includes the costs for the introduction of safety labor standards and obtaining a certificate, if such is provided in Activity 3.

4. Costs for construction activities

5. Costs for irrecoverable VAT

6. Indirect costs

• Costs for the organization and management of up to 10 percent of the total eligible project costs

The deadline for implementation of all activities under this call is 31.12.2017