The international recession context has had a more significant effect on the job market in Spain than in other European countries. As a consequence, there has been considerable divergence from the European Union average in employment and unemployment rates. The economic recession has dragged on in Spain, causing high rates of long term unemployment and youth unemployment.
To help achieve goals set for Europe 2020 Strategy, Spain is developing the Operational Programme for Social Inclusion and the Social Economy (POISES) for the 2014-2020 period, financed by the European Social Fund.
The "la Caixa" Banking Foundation, as an intermediary organisation for POISES 2014-2020, within the framework of Thematic Objective 9: “Promoting social inclusion and combating poverty and any form of discrimination”, is launching the tender for the Más Empleo de “la Caixa” programme, with total financing of over 41 million Euro, to select projects that implement measures encouraging active inclusion of people at risk and/or in a social exclusion situation through integral social-labour insertion itineraries, that help them join the job market.