European Semester Documents
Economic Forecast, Economic situation and outlook, Country Report, Country Specific Recommendations, Progress toward 2020 targets, National Reform Programme and Convergence Programme here
Partnership Agreement here approved by EC on 26 August 2014
Annex to Partnership Agreement here containing assessment of ex ante conditionalities:
PAGE 52-54: Thematic Objective 9 – ex ante conditionality 9 – assessed as fulfilled
Criteria of Fulfilment: A national strategic policy framework for poverty reduction, aiming at active inclusion, is in place that provides a sufficient evidence base to develop policies for poverty reduction and monitor developments;
On 8 January 2014, the Government of the Czech Republic (by means of Government Resolution No. 24/2014) adopted a framework document on social inclusion, specifically the Social Inclusion Strategy 2014-2020, which is the national umbrella document for active inclusion and poverty reduction. The purpose of the Strategy is to contribute towards fulfilling the national objective for reducing poverty and decreasing the level of social exclusion as defined in the National Reform Programme of the Czech Republic and based on the Europe 2020 Strategy. The Strategy contains an overview of the measures that have an effect on social inclusion.
Each chapter of the Strategy assesses the situation in each of the priority areas of social inclusion. The Strategy provides an overview of the measures affecting social inclusion, based on, amongst other things, the other individual strategic and conceptual documents. The monitoring activities will include the continuous tracking of the situation in all areas (including the use of a cumulative indicator for combating poverty and social exclusion) and the proposal of appropriate updates and, if applicable, supplemental measures for the Strategy. (Note: the process for updating the Strategy is described in Chapter 5. Monitoring.) To increase the effectiveness of the Strategy, the output from the project completed by the VÚPSV (Research Institute for Labour and Social Affairs) entitled “National indicators for assessing the progress in reducing poverty and social exclusion” will be used (the deadline for preparation by 31 December 2013 was fulfilled, and the methodology is available). This methodology will be used to monitor the progress in combating poverty and social exclusion in relation to the Social Inclusion Strategy 2014–2020.
Criteria for Fulfilment: involves relevant stakeholders in combating poverty;
The Committee for Social Inclusion, which is the permanent consultancy, initiative and coordination body of the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs for social policy and specifically focuses on combating poverty and social exclusion, participated in designing the Social Inclusion Policy 2014–2020. The Commission comprises the representatives of those involved in tackling poverty and social exclusion, i.e. the representatives of state and local government, academia, non-governmental umbrella organizations dealing with this issue, and other social partners.
Criteria for Fulfilment: depending on the identified needs, includes measures for the shift from institutional to community based care;
The Social Inclusion Policy places special emphasis on supporting the access of individuals to available high-quality services provided within the community. The Strategy includes measures supporting the move from institutional to community care in several areas, specifically: in Chapter 3.2 Social services (community social services), Chapter 3.3 Support for Families (the deinstitutionalisation in the socio-legal protection of children), and Chapter 3.6 Promoting Access to Healthcare (the deinstitutionalisation of psychiatric care). The deinstitutionalisation of social services takes place within the context of the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs project entitled “Concept for supporting the transformation of residential social services to other types of social services provided in the client’s natural community and promoting the individual’s social inclusion within the community”.
Criteria for Fulfilment: Upon request and where justified, relevant stakeholders will be provided with support for submitting project applications and for implementing and managing the selected projects;
As in the 2007-2013 programming period, the departments of the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs active in the relevant fields are prepared to provide advice regarding the preparation of projects for the calls and also to provide consultancy during the implementation of projects. Project consultancy services are provided by the Government Council for Human Rights, together with the support provided by the Regional Coordinators for Roma Community Affairs operating at the level of the regional authorities in the individual regions involved in processing project applications.
PAGE 85-86: Specification of applicable General ex-ante conditionality 3 and its fulfilment at national level – The existence of administrative capacity for the implementation and application of the UNCRPD in the field of ESI Funds in accordance with Council Decision 2010/48/EC
Assessed as Fulfilled (Fulfilment is to take place on an ongoing basis throughout the programming period of 2014– 2020)
Criteria for Fulfilment: Arrangements in accordance with the institutional and legal framework of Member States for the consultation and involvement of bodies in charge of protection of rights of persons with disabilities or representative organisations of persons with disabilities and other relevant stakeholders throughout the preparation and implementation of programmes;
Most tasks related to the applicable ex-ante conditionality are performed by the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (MLSA) in close cooperation with the Government Committee for People with Disabilities along with the designated Managing Authority (MA) contacts for each programme. The Public Defender of Rights closely cooperates with the MLSA and the Government Committee for People with Disabilities and they exchange necessary information and available knowledge when reviewing ESI fund-related activities.
To systematically secure and strengthen administrative capacity for efficient application and implementation of the Convention in the field of ESI Funds, the MA is required to appoint a specific contact person within each MA that mandatorily and systematically deals with the implementation and application of law on people with disabilities, is responsible for coordinating activities in this area and collaborates closely with the MLSA and with the Government Committee for People with Disabilities. A representative of the MLSA and a representative of the Government Committee for People with Disabilities are invited to programme platforms and will also be invited to the Monitoring Committees of individual programmes once the programmes have been approved.
In addition, a representative of the ombudsman will also attend monitoring committees and is a permanent guest of the Funds Council. At the same time, an authorized representative of the MLSA is a member of the ESI Funds Council. A National Plan of the Creation of Equal Opportunities for People with Disabilities was prepared for the period of 2010–2014 and a report on the implementation of measures is submitted to the government every year. The National Plan for the promotion of equal opportunities for people with disabilities for the period 2015-2020 was adopted May 25 2015. Information on this plan can be found here.
Specific fulfilment in programmes is described by the Managing Authorities under each programme.
Operational Programmes (OPs)
The Czech Republic has 8 National OPs under Cohesion Policy 2014-2020 with funding from the ERDF, ESF, CF and YEI totalling €21 643 218 575. 3 OPs contain actions to fulfil Thematic Objective 9 – social inclusion
Integrated Regional Operational Programme 2014-2020 here
Main Objective: The Integrated Regional Operational Progarmme (IROP) will improve public administration and public services in the Czech Republic, particularly in the areas of education, health care, social services, social inclusion, regional transport, urban development and culture.
Thematic Objective 9; Functioning social system and combating poverty
- Priority axis 2: Enhancing public services and living conditions for the inhabitants of regions
- Priority axis 4: Community-led local development
Phone: +420 22486 1379
IROP Managing Authority: Ministry of Regional Development
IROP Monitoring Committee: meeting documents and a list of members here.
Total OP budget: € 5,431,291,062.00
Total EU contribution (ERDF): € 4,640,699,371.00
OP Prague – Growth Pole
Main Objective: The Programme aims to boost economic growth in the region of Prague and contribute to achieving the Europe 2020 targets for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. EU funding will be targeted on strenghtening research, technological development and innovation, on sustainable urban mobility and energy savings in public buildings, and on promoting social inclusion and better quality of education.
Funding priority: Promoting social inclusion and combating poverty
Managing Authority: Department of European Funds here.
Inclusion: Division of Finance and Asset Management
Director: PhDr. Jan Hauser
Phone: +420 00 236 2552
Total OP budget: €403,180,208.00
Total EU contribution: €201,590,104.00