This call for proposals on social policy experimentations intends to improve the quality
and effectiveness of social policies and to facilitate their adaptation to new social needs
and societal challenges.
Through this call, PROGRESS countries embarking on welfare reforms are offered
financial support to experiment envisaged policy changes and reforms before
implementing them, if successful, on a wider scale.
Selected projects have to contribute to developing and testing socially innovative
approaches to policy priorities in the context of the Europe 2020 Strategy and the Open
Method of Coordination on social protection and social inclusion.The Commission invites potential applicants to consider in particular the following themes:
• Promotion of active and healthy ageing, which is underpinned by cross-sectoral
actions aiming, among others, at improving the health status and the quality of
life, supporting the sustainability and efficiency of health care and social services
systems, ensuring decent working conditions and prolonging working lives, as
well as at promoting social inclusion and independent living for all citizens, with a
particular focus on older people, as outlined in the Strategic Implementation Plan
of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing.
• Promotion of youth activation measures to tackle and prevent youth
unemployment and exclusion, in particular for young people facing multiple
barriers to labour market entry;
• Provision of quality childcare services, which requires a comprehensive
approach in line with the Strategy for Equality between women and men (2010-
2015) and the Communication on Early Childhood Education and Care