P5 : Inclusive society

P5 : Inclusive society

Priority 5 – Transition towards a socially inclusive and resilient society - refers to Policy objective 4 “a more social and inclusive Europe implementing the European Pillar of Social Rights” to promote inclusive growth and a balanced integrated territorial development. It aims to improve NWE communities’ capacities, skills and well-being by providing services of general interest and the right conditions for reinforcing quality employment, access to health and care, and to enhance the potential of tourism and culture in economic development.


One of the territorial challenges of the NWE area is to overcome territorial disparities with regard to social and societal development, integration and equal access to public services. With this priority the Programme shall contribute to following some of the 17 “sustainable development goals” (SDGs) of the United Nations : SDG 3 “Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages”, SDG 4 “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”, SDG 8 “Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all”, SDG 10 “Reduce inequality within and among countries”, SDG 11 “Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable”, SDG 16 “Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels”.

During the implementation, the Programme will promote the strategic use of public procurement to support Policy Objectives (including professionalization efforts to address capacity gaps). Beneficiaries should be encouraged to use more quality-related and lifecycle cost criteria. When feasible, environmental (e.g. green public procurement criteria) and social considerations as well as innovation incentives should be incorporated into public procurement services.

NWE will also respect the horizontal principles of fundamental rights, gender equality, non-discrimination and sustainable development. The entire programme implementation will be subject to these principles. In particular, the respect for the horizontal principles will make part of the project selection criteria.

SO 4.1: Enhancing the effectiveness and inclusiveness of labour markets and access to quality employment through developing social infrastructure and promoting social economy

Labour market disparities exist, especially in rural, lower-income urban and some industrialised regions within the North-West Europe (NWE) Programme area.

SO 4.1: Enhancing the effectiveness and inclusiveness of labour markets and access to quality employment through developing social infrastructure and promoting social economy

SO 4.5: Ensuring equal access to health care and fostering resilience of health systems, including primary care, and promoting the transition from institutional to family-and-community-based care

There are territorial imbalances in the North-West Europe (NWE) region with regards to healthcare services as inhabitants of peripheral areas have more difficulties accessing those. Population growth in urban areas and an ageing population risk affecting the NWE healthcare system’s capacity to meet future care demand effectively.

SO 4.5: Ensuring equal access to health care and fostering resilience of health systems, including primary care, and promoting the transition from institutional to family-and-community-based care

SO 4.6: Enhancing the role of culture and sustainable tourism in economic development, social inclusion and social innovation

Despite the disproportionate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on culture and tourism in the North-West Europe (NWE) region, there are opportunities for these vital sectors to improve economic development, social inclusion, and social innovation.

SO 4.6: Enhancing the role of culture and sustainable tourism in economic development, social inclusion and social innovation

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