Call for proposals - Mutual learning in the field of skills and employment, EU Sector Skills Councils, Restructuring VP/2012/009 Closed!


The PROGRESS mission is to strengthen the EU's contribution in support of Member States' commitments and efforts to create more and better jobs and to build a more cohesive society.

Section 1 of the PROGRESS programme is intended to support the implementation of the European Employment Strategy (EES) and this package urges Member States to strengthen their national employment policies. In this context, three areas have been defined for this call:

  1. Mutual learning in the field of skills and employment: The objective of this area is to encourage exchanges and mutual learning at all levels and to enhance the transferability of the most effective policies, good practices and innovative approaches to implement the skills dimension of the flagship initiative “An Agenda for New Skills and Jobs – Equipping people with the right skills for employment” and the Employment Package Communication "Towards a job-rich recovery".
  2. EU Sector Skills Councils: As part of the process to setup a EU Sector Council on Employment and Skills, stakeholders wishing to proceed with the creation of such sector council have first to perform an analysis of the feasibility to create such a body at the European level. This first step will eventually lead to a second step, the setup of a EU sector skills council.
  3. Restructuring: The overall objective of this area is to support the development and dissemination of better expertise and capabilities among the actors concerned in the areas of anticipation, preparation and the accompanying of socially responsible restructuring processes.


To be eligible, actions must:

  • Be linked to one of the 3 areas of the call for proposals (Mutual Learning in the field of skills and employment, EU Sector Skills Councils, Restructuring);
  • Be in line with the objectives and type of actions described in the guidlines;
  • Comply with the maximum Union's co-financing percentage of 80%;
  • Have a transnational dimension, i.e. be carried out in cooperation with partners from several PROGRESS participating countries in the case of proposals which are not submitted by a European-level or international organisation;
  • Be fully carried out in the EU Member States or other PROGRESS participating countries;
  • Comply with the rules on subcontracting set out in the financial guidelines for applicants.

European community funding

The Community provisional funding available for the call for proposals is:

  • 3,60 Million EUR (Orientation of the budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 22 October 2012 - 8 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)

Further information about the call

Official webpage of the call

Useful documents

  • Call fiche VP/2012/009 (Guidelines for applicants)

Organisations eligible to participate

Opened to the following bodies or institutes with legal status established in the covered areas:

  • Public authorities (all)
  • Non-governmental organization
  • Universities
  • Regional authorities
  • Local authorities

Covered areas

Bodies or institutes must have their registered legal seat in one of the countries taking part in the Programme which are:

  • European Union (EU)
  • Candidate Countries
  • European Economic Area (EEA)
  • Third countries
  • European Free Trade Association (EFTA)

Directorate-Generale responsible

Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities

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