Job creation, ensuring decent work and social protection are core goals for the EU. And this is reflected in EU support to the Western Balkans. But despite much investment, funding and technical assistance, big gaps between remain. Weak competitiveness, high unemployment, under-investment in education and health and social inequalities are just some of the challenges.
The EU is already behind many activities to increase employment opportunities, and address health access and social needs. Yet more is needed – and that’s why the EU is stepping up support with the Economic and Investment Plan and other programmes.
People are at the heart of every economy. Through a range of activities and funding, the EU works towards improving labour market policies, tackling poverty, and promoting inclusion of disadvantaged groups in the Western Balkans.
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Factsheets | Published in: 2022
This factsheet provides a summary of the €3.2 billion investment package endorsed by the European Commission in February 2022 to support 21 projects in the Western Balkans. This is the first major package of project unveiled under the EU’s Economic and Investment Plan for the region.
Brochures | Published in: 2022
This brochure presents an overview of the 21 projects endorsed by the European Commission in February 2022 to support transport, digital, climate and energy connectivity and health infrastructure projects in the Western Balkans. This is the first major package of project unveiled under the EU’s Economic and Investment Plan for the region, and will be channelled through the Western Balkans Investment Framework (WBIF) platform.
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