A Support Tool for Businesses
The Operational Programme ‘Competitiveness’ (EPAN) of the Ministry for Development is the basic development arm of the 3rd Community Support Framework (2000-2006) to encourage entrepreneurship and improve the business environment.
It manages funds in a total amount of 6.4 billion Euro (30% EU resources, 20% national public finance, 50% private sector finance).
The actions funded under the O.P. Competitiveness are intended to create new businesses, to support SMEs in increasing their productivity and competitiveness, to improve infrastructures and networks, to introduce new technologies and innovations into businesses and to upgrade their human resources.
Upgrading the Skills of the Human Resources
Upgrading the knowledge and skills of the human resources is the best response to the uncertainty which exists in the field of employment, while it is also the basic precondition for improving the competitiveness of Greek businesses.
Given the importance of the human factor in economic development, and also the need to create jobs and safeguard those already existing, the Operational Programme includes an integrated complex of actions which seek to upgrade the human resources in the following areas:
- Processing, services and commerce.
- Research and Technology.
The total budget for the Op. Programme actions on Human Resources amounts to 248.85 million Euro and is provided as follows: 60% from the European Social Fund, 20% from national public finance and 20% from private-sector finance.
Beneficiaries of the Actions to Upgrade Human Resources
- SMEs and micro-enterprises.
- Young entrepreneurs.
- Employees, businessmen and the self-employed in the tourism sector.
- Businesses developing research and technological development activities.
- Young researchers.
- Employees and agencies in the public sector.
- Universities, technical colleges and research centers.