IPA II- Employment, Education and Social Policies Sectoral Operational Program (EESP SOP)


For the IPA II period, and the EESP SOP will be under implementation p until the end of 2025, with a total budget of 323.6 million, including the contribution of the EU and Türkiye.

The overall objective of the EESP SOP is the promotion of progress of Türkiye toward European social model and the alignment of the country with EU acquis in Employment, Education and Social Policy.

The specific objectives of the programme are to focus on the shortcomings of the employment and labour market to produce policies aimed at social inclusion and social protection, to promote decent work, to enhance the quality of education and training systems by improving social dialogue, and to facilitate access to education and training.

The €323.6 million fund provided under EESP SOP aims at remedying the shortcomings of the labour market; improving the effectiveness of social dialogue, social protection and inclusion policies, and the quality and accessibility of education and training systems. In this framework, followings are planned to be achieved:


  • Services and training will be delivered to 250,000 people.
  • 25,000 public employees will be trained.
  • 400,000 people will be reached within the scope of awareness raising activities
  • Capacity of local actors will be increased


The EESP SOP has been developed on the basis of 3 actions: Employment, Education and Social Policy:

Action I: Employment

Activity I.I

Promoting decent work

Activity I.II

Promoting employment and employability

Activity I.III

Supporting policy-making and implementation processes for better service provision

Action II: Education and Training

Activity II.I

Improving the quality of education and training

Activity II.II

Increasing educational attainment and skill levels by providing access to all

Activity II.III

Strengthening Vocational Qualifications System and Promoting  LLL and adaptability

Action III: Social Policies and Inclusion

Activity III.I

Capacity-building for social inclusion

Activity III.II

Facilitating the access of disadvantaged persons to social protection services and the labour market

Education and Research