Overview of Human Capital Investment OP 2007-2013
The Human Capital Investment Operational Programme (HCI OP) was the ESF programme for Ireland for the period 2007 to 2013 with €751m total funding for the Programme including €375m co-financed by the EU through the ESF.
The Programme comprised of 14 distinct areas of investment which contribute to the Programme’s overall objectives. More detailed information on the particular investment areas of the Programme are set out in the Operational Programme. This also includes the text of the European Commission decision which gave effect to certain changes to the Programme.
Though the Programme period expired in 2013, expenditure in respect of the Programme activities was eligible until end-2015. The focus of the Operational Programme was on labour market activation of the unemployed and on education and equality programmes.
Policy Document 2007-2013
The main policy documents which have shaped the ESF for Ireland during 2007-2013 are:
- National Development Plan (NDP) 2007-2013
- EU ESF and Structural Funds Regulations
- National Strategic Reference Framework (NSRF)
Ireland's €184 billion National Development Plan for the period 2007-2013 built on the significant social and economic achievements of the NDP/CSF (2006-2006). Entitled Transforming Ireland-A Better Quality of Life for All, this seven year plan consolidated the achievements of the previous Plan and provided:
- €54.6 billon for investment in economic infrastructure;
- €49.6 billion for social inclusion measures (children, people with disabilities, etc);
- €33.6 billion for social infrastructure (housing, health, justice, etc);
- €25.8 billion for human capital (school, training, higher education, etc);
- and €20 billion for enterprise, science and innovation.
EU Structural funds played a complementary role in relation to the NDP 2007-2013 with the ESF particularly focused on supporting niche interventions specifically relating to the upskilling of workers, support for increased participation by marginalised groups in the workforce and activities to support equality and prevent discrimination in the workforce.
The ESF Regulation : sets out the scope of eligible activities for ESF support during 2007-2013. This Regulation was adopted by the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union on 5th July 2006.
The General Structural Funds Regulation : This Regulation sets out the general provisions of the ESF;ERDF and Cohesion Funds. This Regulation was adopted by the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union on 11th July 2006.
The National Strategic Reference Framework (NSFR) : This document sets out Ireland's national strategy for investments through the ESF and the ERDF for the period 2007-2013. The purpose of the NSRF is to provide broad policy guidance in relation to investment of EU funding to Ireland.