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Study: The implementation of the performance frameworks in 2014-2020 ESI Funds (03/10/2016)

The performance framework (PF) and performance reserve have been included as compulsory elements in programmes in the 2014-2020 programming period of the European Structural and Investment (ESI) Funds in order to ensure that programmes are kept on track to achieve their objectives and that progress can be adequately measured. This report provides a synthesis covering the manner in which the provisions relating to the PF and the performance reserve are reflected in all Partnership Agreements (PA), operational programmes (OP) under the Investment for Growth and Jobs Goal (IGJ) financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Cohesion Fund (CF), including multi-fund programmes co-financed by the European Social Fund (ESF), and the European Territorial Cooperation (ETC) programmes financed by the ERDF.

Study: The implementation of the provisions in relation to the ex-ante conditionalities during the programming phase of the European Structural and Investment (ESI) Funds (03/10/2016)

The study reviews the implementation of the ex-ante conditionalities that were introduced in the Regulations of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds and were assessed through the Partnership Agreements and Operational Programmes developed to deliver those funds.

The European Social Fund - Investing in people (03/10/2016)

The publication explains how the ESF works, and presents results obtained so far from the 2007-2013 funding period and some true-life examples of how it has helped some of the millions of people it supports every year.

Synthesis report on the ‘Pilot projects to carry out ESF related counterfactual impact evaluations’ (01/07/2016)

The evaluation report reviews a positive impact of active labour market policies on employment and of vocational training on youth. Eight ESF funded projects were chosen as pilot projects to measure the causal effects of European Social Fund policies and were discussed at a conference held in Brussels on 12 November 2015.

Study: The use of new provisions during the programming phase of the European Structural and Investment Funds (31/05/2016)

The analysis of all the 28 Partnership Agreements and of 292 operational and co-operation programmes for the 2014-2020 period financed by the European Regional Development Fund, the Cohesion Fund and the European Social Fund, completed with a survey of managing authorities and interviews at European, national and regional levels, revealed that the new regulatory framework has significantly altered the Member States’ approach to programming.

Background note: Support to asylum seekers under the European Social Fund and the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (25/09/2015)

The objective of this note is therefore to clarify the scope of support which the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD) can provide to asylum seekers at different stages since their arrival in the Union. It also intends to clarify the differences between these two funds and other Union instruments that provide targeted support to asylum seekers, notably the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF), and provides guidance on how complementarities and synergies between the different funds can be achieved.

Pokyny ke společným akčním plánům (15/06/2015)

Dokument Pokyny ke společným akčním plánům poskytuje základní informace o tom, proč a jak by se měly používat společné akční plány, jaké jsou jejich hlavní rysy a kdo z nich může mít užitek.

Format of the model for the joint action plan (JAP)

Pokyny k standardním stupnicím jednotkových nákladů a paušálním částkám schváleným podle čl. 14 odst. 1 nařízení (EU) č. 1304/2013 (12/06/2015)

Dokument Pokyny k standardním stupnicím jednotkových nákladů a paušálním částkám schváleným podle čl. 14 odst. 1 nařízení o ESF poskytuje základní informace o tomto novém druhu zjednodušeného vykazování nákladů a poukazuje na výhody tohoto článku a na to, kdy jej lze použít.

Template for submitting data for the consideration of the Commission

Quality of Public Administration - A Toolbox for Practitioners (23/04/2015)

The Toolbox aims to support, guide and encourage those who want to build public administrations that will create prosperous, fair and resilient societies. It is intended as a reference and resource, not a prescription or a panacea, by signposting readers to existing EU policies and international practices, illustrated by almost 170 inspirational case studies.

Toolbox - Full version - The complete Toolbox with all detailed chapters and full case studies in one single file
Abridged version - For a quick reference of all themes, main messages and tools, including references to inspiring case examples
Table of contents
Foreword and reader's guide - Introduces the concept and context for the Toolbox - linking policy to funding - and explains the structure, the style and the case studies to the reader
Principles and values of good governance - Outlines typical principles and values, and discusses how they can become integrated and ingrained in the administrative culture
Theme 1: Better policy-making - Explores the qualities of good policy-making, approaches to longer-term strategic planning, stakeholder consultation and the advent of co-responsibility with citizens and businesses
Theme 2: Embedding ethical and anti-corruption practices - How to put in place a comprehensive, balanced and tailored package of measures to instil a culture of integrity, deter and detect unethical behaviour, take corrective action and build public trust
Theme 3: Professional and well-functioning institutions - Examines how public organisations can engage in results-based management, build effective leadership, modernise people management, and create a quality culture
Theme 4: Improving service delivery - Explores how administrations can better understand needs and expectations, improve processes and simplify administration, commit to service standards and measure satisfaction
Theme 5: Enhancing the business environment - Details ways and means of how administrations can become more business friendly, by making compliance with essential ‘red tape’ as painless as possible, and considering business needs throughout the life cycle
Theme 6: Strengthening the quality of judicial systems - Looks at how judiciaries can modernise and improve their performance, including through e-Justice systems, better communication and consultation, user-centric processes, judicial training and continuing professional development
Theme 7: Managing public funds effectively - Considers how administrations apply the principles of good financial governance and prepare, plan, execute, monitor and control their spending, and gives guidance for improving public procurement as well as ESIF management
Some considerations for managing Thematic Objective 11 - Provides tips for practitioners that are involved in managing ESIF funds or projects under TO11: "enhancing institutional capacity of public authorities and stakeholders and efficient public administration"

Pokyny pro příjemce evropských strukturálních a investičních fondů a souvisejících nástrojů EU (02/12/2014)

Tyto pokyny pro příjemce nejsou míněny jako vyčerpávající přehled dostupných fondů EU. Vycházejí ze společného strategického rámce (příloha 1 nařízení (EU) č. 1303/2013), který představuje základ pro lepší koordinaci mezi fondy ESIF a jinými nástroji EU.

Pokyny k zjednodušenému vykazování nákladů (10/10/2014)

Tento dokument poskytuje technické pokyny a příklady ke třem typům zjednodušených nákladů v případě všech ESI fondů v programovém období 2014–2020.

Příručka pro Iniciativy na podporu zaměstnanosti mladých lidí (23/09/2014)

Tento dokument uvádí cíle YEI a je určen zejména pro řídicí orgány ESF, které mají na starosti provádění iniciativy. Dokument poskytuje přehled platných pravidel se zaměřením na cílové skupiny, programové aspekty, rozsah a finanční pravidla YEI.

Investing in people: EU funding for employment and social inclusion (28/07/2014)

Volume 7 of the Social Europe guide focuses on EU funding instruments used to help people into employment or out of poverty and social exclusion. The guide outlines the aims and objectives of four specific funds: the European Social Fund (ESF); the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD); the EU programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI); and the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF).

The implementation of simplified cost options with the ESF in Italy: a case study - ESF thematic paper (25/07/2014)

SCOs were introduced in the 2007–2013 programming period for ESF in order to reduce the administrative burden on Managing Authorities when implementing ESF co-funded projects and on beneficiaries. SCOs enable also to shift the focus from input to output and results. This thematic paper shares the Italian experience with this tool in the hope that good practices can be taken up by other EU countries when managing ESF projects.

Assessing the effectiveness, efficiency and relevance of the ESF Learning Networks (03/07/2014)

This summary presents the findings of an evaluation aimed at assessing the effectiveness, efficiency and relevance of the ESF Learning Networks. Findings are based on research undertaken between May 2013 and April 2014.

Youth Employment Initiative and the European Social Fund - ESF thematic paper (31/03/2014)

This thematic paper provides an overview of the European Social Fund's track record in supporting initiatives for combatting youth unemployment and its potential to provide further and better targeted support to young people in the 2014-20 programming period. The brochure furthermore details the legal context, functioning and objectives of the newly launched Youth Employment Initiative which represents substantial dedicated funding to support Member State policies to combat youth unemployment.

Final Synthesis Report: Main ESF achievements, 2007-2013 – ESF Expert Evaluation Network (26/03/2014)

This overall synthesis report of the main ESF achievements over the 2007-2013 programming period is based on a review of Annual Implementation Reports delivered by Member States (to extract statistical and other key data and information) and on evidence from evaluations carried out in the respective countries to create a country report organised around 6 policy fields - increasing adaptability, enhancing access to employment, reinforcing social inclusion, enhancing investment in human capital, promoting partnerships and strengthening institutional capacity. Drawing on the evidence presented in these country reports, the overall synthesis report provides a picture of what has been achieved by the ESF. The results reported are generally based on data and evaluations covering the period 2007 to end 2012.

Info graphic: Transparent and effective public services (07/02/2014)

Reducing regulatory and administrative burdens and promoting high standards of transparency, efficency and accountability in public administration helps to increase productivity, strengthen competitiveness and ultimately, create jobs. The European Social Fund (ESF) is a concrete European contribution to national policy reforms in the area of public administration and good governance.

Promoting inclusive growth - ESF thematic paper (31/01/2014)

The changing economic and social climate over the past years has caused a rethink of policies governing the labour market, social inclusion and education. The current emphasis is on anti-crisis, short-term measures aimed at limiting unemployment and reigning in social disparities. Nonetheless, the number of people at risk of poverty or social exclusion in the EU now accounts for nearly one-fourth of the EU population. The European Social Fund is playing a key role in helping Member States increase employment and skills by training their work force, reducing poverty and cut across bottle-necks in the job market by reforming education and training systems and boosting worker mobility.

Evropský kodex chování pro partnerskou spolupráci (29/01/2014)

Partnerská spolupráce, jedna z klíčových zásad sdíleně řízených fondů Evropské unie, předpokládá úzkou spolupráci orgánů veřejné správy na státní, regionální a místní úrovni členských států jak mezi sebou, tak se sociálními partnery, nevládními organizacemi a dalšími příslušnými zúčastněnými stranami.

Promoting good governance - ESF thematic paper (29/01/2014)

A well run public administration system benefits people and business. The ongoing economic challenges mean less money is available for administrative activities: but good governance and legal certainty is central to economic growth. Through support to organisational and technological innovation via improvement of systems, structures and processes, human resources and service delivery, the European Social Fund is helping administrations across the EU rise to the challenge.

Map: Structural Funds (ERDF and ESF) eligibility 2014-2020 (28/01/2014)

This print-ready map shows the eligibility of all EU regions according to their GDP per head ratio compared to the EU-27 average

Info Graphic: Getting people into jobs (20/12/2013)

The European Social Fund (ESF) supports organisations around the EU to put in place projects aimed at training people and helping them get work. Projects supporting small start-ups with timely funding and companies who want to re-think their approach to their older workers are also funded. In a challenging job market, the ESF helps people make the most of their opportunities.

Info graphic: More jobs, less marginalisation (22/11/2013)

Employment is the most effective way of giving people independence, financial security and a sense of belonging. The European Social Fund (ESF) finances many thousands of projects to help people in difficulties and those from disadvantaged groups to get skills, to get jobs and have the same opportunities as others do.

Info graphic: Equipping Europe’s youth for the job market (19/11/2013)

The ESF finances thousands of projects to help young people get the training and opportunities they need in order to find work. The ESF also helps countries put in place the Youth Guarantee Scheme for the 15–24s.

Iniciativa na podporu zaměstnanosti mladých lidí – způsobilé regiony (19/11/2013)

Iniciativa na podporu zaměstnanosti mladých lidí bude podporovat výhradně mladé lidi, kteří nemají zaměstnání ani se neúčastní vzdělávání nebo profesní přípravy v regionech, v nichž míra nezaměstnanosti mladých lidí překračuje 25 %.

Evropský sociální fond v akci – Dáváme lidem práci (18/11/2013)

Evropský sociální fond (ESF) podporuje organizace v celé EU, které chtějí realizovat projekty, jejicž cílem je vyškolit lidi a pomoci jim získat práci. Financovány jsou i projekty, které formou prvotní finanční injekce podporují drobné začínající podnikale a společnosti, které chtějí přepracovat svůj přístup ke starším zaměstnancům. V náročném prostředí trhu práce pomáhá ESF lidem maximálně zužitkovat své příležitosti.

Evropský sociální fond v akci – Více pracovních míst, méně marginalizace (18/11/2013)

Zaměstnanost je nejefektivnějším způsobem, jak dát lidem nezávislost, finanční zajištění a pocit, že někam patří. Evropský sociální fond (ESF) financuje tisíce projektů, které pomáhají lidem v nesnázích a lidem ze znevýhodněných skupin získat dovednosti, zaměstnání a mít stejné příležitosti jako ostatní.

Evropský sociální fond v akci – Příprava evropské mládeže na dnešní trh práce (18/11/2013)

Vzhledem k rozsahu problému, jaký představuje nezaměstnanost mladých lidí v EU, je jasné, že mladí lidé zůstanou v nadcházejících letech jednou z hlavních evropských priorit. Evropský sociální fond (ESF) financuje tisíce projektů, které pomáhají mladým lidem získat odborné vzdělání a příležitosti, které potřebují k nalezení práce.

Evropský sociální fond v akci – Transparentní a efektivní veřejné služby (18/11/2013)

Snížení regulační a správní zátěže a podpora vysokých standardů transparentnosti, efektivity a odpovědnosti veřejné správy pomáhá zvýšit produktivitu, posílit konkurenceschopnost, a v důsledku toho i vytvářet pracovní místa. Evropský sociální fond (ESF) je konkrétní evropský přínos k vnitrostátním reformám v oblasti veřejné správy a řádného vládnutí.

Sedm životů - Na cestě k úspěchu s Evropským sociálním fondem (19/08/2013)

Prectete si „Sedm životu“ a seznamte se s Brigitte, Jamesem, Nauras, Ebrahimem, Annou, Jolantou a Carlosem. Zjistíte, jak si každý z nich našel vlastní cestu a díky projektum a programum fi nancne podporovaným Evropským sociálním fondem (ESF) se profesne realizoval.

EU Cohesion Policy contributing to employment and growth in Europe - Background paper (19/07/2013)

The Union's cohesion policy – funded with EUR 346 billion from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Cohesion Fund - represents 35 % of the Union's budget over the period 2007-2013. Together with the co-financing provided by Member States, cohesion policy accounts for a very significant proportion of public investment in Europe. As part of the essential economic policy package of macro-economic and fiscal stability, structural reforms and growth enhancing measures, EU cohesion policy is making a significant contribution to investments in employment and growth in Europe.

Final Synthesis Report on Women and Young People - ESF Expert Evaluation Network (01/07/2013)

This synthesis report focuses on the support provided by ESF to women and young people. The main resource used in creating the synthesis report is a set of 10 detailed country reports, 5 focussed on women (DE, ES, GR, PL and UK) and 5 on young people (AT, CZ, FR, IT and PT).

Study of the ESF-Intervention, its set-up and impact in Germany (27/05/2013)

This study analyses the specific contribution from the ESF to the promotion of employment opportunities, education and social inclusion in Germany, based on the experience in the 2007-2013 programming period.

Setting and adjusting targets for ESF Operational Programmes - Background paper (26/05/2013)

In preparation of the ESF 2014-2020 multi-annual framework, the European Commission organised a learning seminar on setting and adjusting targets for ESF Operational Programmes. To account for expenditures, indicators on outputs (numbers of participants, entities) and results (numbers of participants finding employment, gaining a qualification etc.) are essential. This background paper discusses methodologies for setting and adjusting quantified cumulative employment targets.

ESF performance target setting and adjusting in social inclusion - Background paper (16/05/2013)

In preparation for the programming period 2014-2020 Member States are required to develop performance indicators and set targets for monitoring the implementation and performance of Operational Programmes (OPs). This background paper summarises the main methodologies for ESF target setting and adjusting in OPs in social inclusion.

Final Synthesis Report on Social Inclusion - ESF Expert Evaluation Network (19/12/2012)

This third Synthesis Report from the ESF Expert Evaluation Network assesses ESF-supported Social Inclusion actions across the 27 Member States on the basis of country reports.

Final Synthesis Report on Access to Employment - ESF Expert Evaluation Network (01/10/2012)

This second Synthesis Report from the ESF Expert Evaluation Network assesses ESF-supported Access to Employment actions across the 27 Member States on the basis of country reports.

Evaluation of the ESF support to Lifelong Learning (31/07/2012)

This summary relates to a study of the use of the European Social Fund (ESF) to support lifelong learning (LLL) during the 2000-6 and 2007-13 programming periods.

Evaluation of the reaction of the ESF to the economic and financial crisis (21/05/2012)

This Final Report on the ‘Evaluation of the reaction of the ESF to the economic and financial crisis’ provides an assessment of the part that the ESF has played in helping the EU and Member States respond to the challenges posed by the recent recession.

Plakáty o hlavních oblastech činnosti ESF (06/12/2011)

Tato série 6 plakátů ilustruje různé oblasti činnosti ESF, například sociální integraci a podporu pracovníků a podniků procházejících změnami.
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Posters on the main fields of activity of the ESF

Country Reports N - U: Evaluation of ESF Support for Enhancing Access to the Labour Market and the Social Inclusion of Migrants and Ethnic Minorities (01/05/2011)

Country reports on ESF support for labour market access and social inclusion of ethnic minorities and migrants.

Reports and executive summaries: Evaluation of ESF Support for Enhancing Access to the Labour Market and the Social Inclusion of Migrants and Ethnic Minorities (01/05/2011)

Executive summaries and reports on ESF support to migrants and ethnic minorities, including a Roma Thematic Report.

Country Reports A - L: Evaluation of ESF Support for Enhancing Access to the Labour Market and the Social Inclusion of Migrants and Ethnic Minorities (01/05/2011)

Country reports on ESF support for labour market access and social inclusion of ethnic minorities and migrants.

Final Report, Executive Summaries, Country Monographs and Case Studies - Assessment of administrative and institutional capacity building interventions and future needs in the context of ESF (28/04/2011)

The study aims to provide an analysis of the relevance, efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability of ESF interventions in administrative and institutional capacity building.

Developing logics of intervention and related common indicators for the next ESF Operational Programmes (04/04/2011)

The logic of intervention framework developed by this study is presented in a table format so that Operational Programmes (OPs) can be summarised systematically and in a manner that makes the logical flow of the OP, including the choice of indicators, transparent.

Capacity of the ESF delivery systems to attract and support OP target groups (08/03/2011)

The purpose of this evaluation has been to provide knowledge on how ESF delivery systems work in practice, with a view to improving the capacity of the delivery systems in the Member States to attract and support Operational Programme target groups.

Naplněná naděje (16/02/2011)

Čtyři osudy, čtyři životní cesty. V nové řadě komiksu „Naplněná naděje“ naleznete příběhy Alexe, Nataline, Dimitry a Ivany, kteří dostali v životě druhou šanci a dokázali změnit svůj osud. Dozvíte se, jak se tito čtyři Evropané díky podpoře, které se jim dostalo od Evropského sociálního fondu, postavili novým šancím. První řada komiksů „Druhá šance“, která vyšla v roce 2010 ve 23 jazykových verzích měla nesmírný úspěch. Proto nyní vydává Evropská komise druhou řadu těchto citlivých a sympatických komiksů. Komiksy vycházejí ze skutečných příběhů, které ilustrovali čtyři talentovaní ilustrátoři – Maud Millecampsová, Alexandre Tefenkgi, Vanyda a You – a texty je opatřil Rudi Miel. Tento komiks je k dispozici ve všech 23 úředních jazycích Evropské unie.

Evaluation of the European Social Fund's support to Gender Equality (24/01/2011)

This Report presents a synthesis of the findings from country-level analyses conducted on each of the 27 EU Member States and on six specific aspects of gender-equality policy, and it puts forward recommendations.

Final report for the ex-post evaluation of the European Social Fund (2000-2006) (10/12/2010)

The ex post evaluation of the ESF (2000-2006) aimed to assess the multiple impacts of ESF programmes.

Special Eurobarometer 350 / Wave 73.5 about the European Social Fund (01/11/2010)

Study on the Return on ESF Investment in Human Capital (01/08/2010)

This study applies to human capital investments understood as public expenditures in: (1) education and training of employees, job-seekers and/or inactive people, (2) internships and temporary work placement associated with education or training, and (3) strengthening the capacity of education and training systems and structures.

Mid-term evaluation of the work carried out by the European Commission to communicate on the European Social Fund (ESF) during the programming period 2007-2013 (30/07/2010)

This evaluation examined the ESF I&C activities/tools undertaken and produced by the EC 2007-2009 and indicated if and how activities/tools were used, found to be appropriate and useful by respective target audiences.

Final report

Nová šance (01/04/2010)

Julie, Viktor, Pedro a Fianne nevěří v osud. Poznejte v podobě komiksu, jak se jim podařilo překonat nesnáze s pomocí evropské podpory. Tyto čtyři příběhy inspirované skutečnými událostmi ukazují, že s pomocí a vytrvalostí může každý dostat novou šanci. Jejich příběh by mohl být i vaším příběhem! „Novou šanci“ s citem a skromností nakreslili Vanyda, Durieux, Savoia a Gihef na základě scénaře od Rudi Miel a bude vydána Generálním ředitelstvím pro Zaměstnanost, sociální věci a sociální začlenění Evropské komise, na základě iniciativy Evropskeho sociálního fondu. Tento komiks je k dispozici ve všech 23 úředních jazycích Evropské unie.

Final report of the ex-post evaluation of the EQUAL Community Initiative (2000-2006) (17/03/2010)

The ex post evaluation of EQUAL was part of the ESF 2000-2006 ex post evaluation.

Eurobarometer survey (01/01/2010)

The majority of Europeans believe the EU can actively help their countries to recover from the impact of the economic downturn. According to a recent opinion survey, more and more people are also aware of the European Social Fund and have their own views on where Europe should be directing its efforts.

Synthesis of EU 15 evaluation reports on EQUAL during 2007 and 2008 (27/11/2009)

The main aim of this synthesis exercise is twofold: to allow better exploitation of the results of EQUAL in the preparation, management, monitoring and evaluation of future programmes, and to facilitate the post-evaluation of the programme.

Synthesis of EU 10 evaluation reports on EQUAL from 2006 to 2009 (09/11/2009)

This report provides a synthesis of the national evaluation reports of the EQUAL Programmes in the EU10 Member States submitted to the European Commission within 2006 and 2009.

Evaluation of Article 6 call for projects on the Innovative Management of Change (01/08/2009)

The results of the evaluation are designed to be appropriate for use in policy development within DG Employment and Social Affairs and to animate discussion with Member States and relevant stakeholders about innovative actions and mainstream operations supported by the ESF.

Pro váš lepší život - Evropská unie investuje do lidí prostřednictvím Evropského sociálního fondu (01/06/2009)

Co vlastně EU dělá pro občany? Jednou z odpovědí na tuto otázku je Evropský sociální fond (ESF), který každý rok investuje přibližně do 10 milionů lidí ze všech 27 členských států. Tato kniha vypráví příběhy 54 lidí – z každého členského státu jsou dva – kteří využili příležitosti nabízené v rámci iniciativ financovaných z ESF. Rozhovory se zaměřují na ženy i muže, na všechny věkové skupiny od dospívajících po důchodce, na lidi z města i z venkova v každé zemi EU. Brzy bude k dispozici ve všech úředních jazycích EU.

Study on the relevance and reliability of available information for the ex-post evaluation of the European Social Fund (2000-2006) (01/07/2008)

This study covers the 2000-2006 cycle of the ESF in the 15 old Member States, plus the 2004-2006 period in 10 new Member States. The ESF al-located 68.7 billion euros to 239 programmes.

Statistický přehled (01/01/2008)

Tento leták nabízí přehled činností Evropského sociálního fondu v období 2007–2013 a uvádí přehled důležitých faktů a údajů, které s programem souvisí. Obsahuje informace o financování ESF v kontextu celkového rozpočtu EU, o způsobech, jakými jsou peníze vynakládány, a o jeho cílech.

ESF - 50 years investing in people (23/08/2007)

This brochure presents the history of the European Social Fund from 1957 to 2007.