European Social Fund
The European Social Fund is the oldest source of structural funds. It was established in 1957 by the Roma agreement on the constitution of the European Economic Community.
ESF contributes to the priorities of the Community regarding enforcement of economic and social consistency through improvement of employment opportunities, support of high employment rates, and an increase in the number and quality of working places. It does so through support of the member state policies that focus on achievement of full employment, equality and work productivity, support for social inclusion including the access of disadvantaged people to employment and the reduction of national, regional and local difference in employment.
To fulfil these tasks, the ESF supports priorities of the Community regarding the necessity of enforcing social consistency, increases of productivity and competitiveness and support of economic growth and permanently sustainable development.
In pursuit of this activity the ESF considers particular priorities and goals of the Community in the areas of education and professional preparation, increasing participation of economically inactive people in the labour market, fighting against social exclusion, particularly exclusion of disadvantaged groups such as people with physical handicaps, supporting equality between women and men and eliminating discrimination.
- The Slovak Research and Development Agency
- Research Agency (former The Agency of the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic for the Structural Funds of EU)
- The National Institute for Education
- The Institute of Information and Prognoses of Education
- The National Institute for Certified Educational Measurements
- The Methodology and Pedagogy Centre (Institution for Teacher´s Education and Training)
- The State School Inspection
- The Slovak Centre of Scientific and Technical Information
- The Research Institute for Child Psychology and Pathopsychology
- IUVENTA - Slovak Youth Institute
- The National Lifelong Learning Institute
- The International Laser Centre