The National Support Reference Framework (NSRF) was the key financial vehicle for supporting green development objectives; its importance was even greater given the government’s fiscal squeeze. The NSRF was scheduled to amount to 26.2 billion Euro (that is, corresponding to a little over 10 per cent of GDP) of co-financed public expenditure over the programme period 2007–13. However, a poor track record in the past suggested that actual absorption rates might end up being lower.
The Human Resource Development Authority of Cyprus (HRDA) has conducted a study entitled Identification of green skill needs in the Cyprus economy 2010-2013.
The results of the study confirm that the transition to the green economy will strongly affect sectors of economic activity and occupations, thus influencing the knowledge, skills and attitudes of the human resources. Consequently, to tackle the upcoming challenges and compete in a new economic environment, the enterprises need human resources that have the necessary green skills and competences.
In the study, forecasts are provided on employment, expansion, replacement and total demand in green sectors of economic activity and occupations for the period 2010-2013. Furthermore, green skills for both existing and new green occupations are identified.
The HRDA, in close cooperation with the Ministry of Labour and Social Insurance, has put forward a Special scheme for promoting green skills in the Cyprus economy, which includes a variety of targeted measures that are directed towards enterprises, employees and the unemployed in 3 interlinked action pillars:
- Promotion of green skills for the unemployed
Turkey needs alternative finance models to integrate into the green economy while decreasing carbon emission and implementing international requirements, said the head of the Turkish Industry and Business Association, or TÜSİAD, during a meeting in Istanbul last year.