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Find out what priorities the EU countries have for the ESF, who is actually participating and what kind of projects are being funded by the ESF throughout Europe.

 

What are the priorities in the EU countries?

'ESF priorities' databaseThe priorities in the Member States database allows to you to find out about the priorities that EU countries have set for using ESF resources. These priorities are described in the individual Operational Programmes (OPs) adopted for the 2007-13 period.

=> Access the 'priorities' database

You can extract texts describing OP priorities by combining geographical and priorities criteria:

  • geographical criteria: the user can select one or all countries, and one or all OPs (in a selected country);
  • ‘priorities’ criteria: the user can select one or all priorities supported by the ESF;
  • results: the search produces a list of records, including the selected priority, the name of the country, the name of the OP, and related sub-priorities. For each record the search extracts the related text from the OP.

The advanced search tool offers additional choices for the geographical criteria.

What amount for which activity?

'ESF spending' databaseThe overview table summarises financial allocations (*) from the ESF budget, and national public and private co-funding per EU country for 2007-2013, as decided in the Operational Programmes (OP).

The ESF allocations database provides all data on the original financial allocations (as at 31/12/2007) of ESF resources for the 2007-2013 period.

=>Access the ESF allocations database

By selecting the country and, if desired, the Operational Programme (OP), you can choose the programme priority of interest and display the amount of funding originally dedicated to it. Using the ‘quick selection’ options allows viewing allocations for selected groups of countries or the EU as a whole in a consolidated results table.


(*) Financial allocations cover the whole 2007-2013 period and may differ from effective commitments and implemented expenditures.

Who is being funded?

'ESF beneficiaries' interfaceEU countries must publish a list of the direct beneficiaries. The information must contain the names of beneficiaries and operations, and the amount of public funding allocated to the operations. The ESF beneficiaries interface gives access to lists of the beneficiaries of ESF support available on national websites.

=> Access the ESF beneficiaries interface

Through the interface you can select – on a map – one country (or a region if available) to access the relevant national or regional list of beneficiaries.

Please note that lists of beneficiaries:

  • are usually in the national language;
  • are subject to ongoing updates.

What projects are financed?

'ESF projects' databaseThe ESF projects database contains examples of projects co-funded by the ESF. Please note that this database aggregates inputs by EU countries and is not exhaustive. Most projects were launched between 2000 and today. Project descriptions may only be available in the national language. The Commission cannot guarantee the accuracy or completeness of this database, nor does it accept responsibility or liability for any use made thereof.

=> Access the ESF project database

You can extract projects by combining keywords, geographical, target group and priority area criteria.

Who is participating?

'ESF participants' databaseIn the ESF participants database you can find statistics about participants by combining date, geographic and demographic criteria. This database aggregates inputs by EU countries and in some scenarios no data is available. The Commission cannot guarantee the accuracy or completeness of this database, nor does it accept responsibility or liability for any use made thereof.

=> Access the ESF participants search tool