The Malta Independent 18 October 2021, Monday

12 LEAP centres would have been opened by end of legislature – Family Minister Michael Farrugia

Duncan Barry Friday, 29 May 2015, 12:52 Last update: about 7 years ago

A total 12 LEAP centres would be opened by the end of this legislature, Family Minister Michael Farrugia said today.

Speaking during the inauguration of the Qormi Leap centre, the seventh one to be opened by the government, Dr Farrugia said that this project is a dream come true for many.

The project aims to identify those people and categories within society who are disadvantaged. It also aims to make government services more accessible to those individuals who are disadvantaged.

Dr Farrugia said that the project as a whole is proving to be a success.

Parliamentary Secretary for EU Funds Ian Borg said that the public has now become accustomed to such projects since the government has opened as many as seven of these centres until now.

He said that out of the €132 million to be allocated to Malta by the EU under the European Social Fund, 25% of these funds must go towards social inclusion projects.

The European Commission recently adopted the Maltese Operational Programme "Investing in human capital" financed by the ESF in the period 2014-2020. This programme aims to invest over 132 million (of which 105 million from the ESF) to promote employment and social inclusion, improve the education system and enhance the efficiency of the public administration.


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