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2016 Annual report Volume I No. 28 – Inclusion: Awarding of grants for young people is unlawful

Compensation fund resources to sponsor nationwide projects to enhance the employment opportunities of severely handicapped persons are earmarked for a specific purpose. The Ministry acknowledged that the federal states promote young people with these funds without any evidence of severe disability. However, this would require a prior change of legislation by the Ministry.
Nov 15, 2016

The Ministry launched a programme for inclusion and earmarked €80 million for guidance on the professional qualifications of severely disabled young people. The aim of this programme is to provide young people with severe disabilities with advice and information about vocational opportunities. Programme funds stem from the compensation fund resources to sponsor nationwide projects to enhance the employment opportunities of severely handicapped persons. The compensation fund is an earmarked fund that may exclusively be used to promote the employment opportunities of severely handicapped persons. The federal states are responsible for implementing the programme. When launching the programme, the Ministry pointed out to the federal states that a disabled person’s pass is not a necessary condition for sponsoring.

We criticized that the Ministry advocated the sponsoring practice of the federal states although it was contrary to the law. In order to promote young people without any evidence of severe disability, the Ministry should have determined the statutory conditions prior to programme launch.

We expect that the Ministry uses the funds taken from the compensation fund pursuant to statutory requirements.

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