Throughout the Netherlands, projects funded by the ESF are supporting self-development and skills training. This article presents four projects that all share the same aim of helping gain sustainable employment and job satisfaction.
Two Slovenian projects funded by the ESF are bringing together people and employers. Stories from people behind the projects are detailed below.
Throughout Italy, the ESF has helped to fund projects dedicated to developing employability skills and reduce unemployment. Highlighted in this article are some of the successful projects and the human stories of people involved.
The ESF has been working in Ireland to help change people’s life for the better. This article showcases ESF funded projects and the personal stories from those who have benefited.
This news article highlights two ESF funded projects dedicated to developing migrant skills in Germany. It focuses on the people behind these projects, and the wider impact it has on society.
The ESF has been funding projects to support jobs, help people get better jobs and ensure fairer job opportunities across Europe. This article focuses on two project in Sweden and shares the human stories behind the project.
The ESF funds projects across Europe, they help tackle a range of social issues, such as unemployment. This article shares the highlights from four projects throughout the UK and shares the human stories behind these projects.
The ESF has been funding innovative projects across Latvia. Learn more about the human stories behind these projects that provide access to care services to children, an inventive woodwork business, and a project dedicated to helping hearing-impaired women during and after childbirth.
The ESF funds projects across Europe that make a difference to people’s lives. In this news item, we will be sharing a collection of projects that focus on youth inclusion in Germany.
This collection of best practice examples from across Europe highlights the ways European Member States are improving access to social protection for workers and the self-employed.
The summary report of the programme annual implementation reports covering implementation in 2014-2017, provides an overview of the implementation of more than 530 shared management programmes.
One of the biggest challenges faced by Europeans is finding a job that is in accordance with their skills and without any discrimination.
The EU protects campaign tells real life stories of people who work for, or are supported by the EU, including ESF and FEAD and whose job it is to keep us all safe.
The Employment Committee at the European Parliament reviewed and voted on the European Commission's proposals for the ESF+.
The third European Vocational Skills Week took place in Vienna 5-9 November 2018. The Week was organised by the European Commission in cooperation with the Austrian Presidency.
Online voting for the VET Excellence Awards 2018 is open now. The awards showcases the best practices in vocational education and training across Europe and this year the awards ceremony will take place at the closing ceremony on 9 November.
An integration and inclusion programme by Murcia’s Regional Employment and Training Service (SEF) helps refugees with courses, provides documentation, and allows them to find suitable jobs.
Ostrava, the Czech Republic’s third largest city, has introduced an ESF-funded pilot social housing scheme to improve social inclusion in the Moravian-Silesian region.
Students in higher education in Northern and Central Portugal, as well as Alentejo, will now have access to low-interest student loans partially funded by the ESF.
So Stay is a socially-conscious hotel in Gdansk, Poland, that supports care leavers and is in part funded by ESF. Meet Magda, the gastronomy manager at the hotel, and learn more about her story.
The second fi-compass ESF Conference ‘Financial instruments funded by the European Social Fund – boosting social impact’ took place on 8-9 March.
The updated use and intended use of simplified cost options in European Social Fund (ESF), European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), Cohesion Fund (CF) and European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) report is now available.
For the next long-term EU budget 2021-2027, the Commission proposes to further strengthen the Union’s social dimension with a new and improved European Social Fund, the European Social Fund Plus (ESF+) and a more effective European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF).
The ESF invests in people. Brigitte and Carlos are representative of the European Social Fund. With two very different paths, they have one thing in common. Both have benefited from the support of the ESF to achieve their professional objectives.
The cultural and educational organisation PiNA launched the project “ADD: Increasing the level of active citizenship and strengthening the social skills of young people in coastal cities”. Its aim is to boost active, equal involvement and participation of young people in local environment, as well as to improve their social skills through education and provide information to young people and key players in the youth field in the region. Koper, 27 August 2014.
In Latvia celebration of the "60 years of European Social Fund" focused on videos with personal stories related to ESF projects. Check out the videos below and see the positive impact it has had on Latvian citizens.
The Brussels region is boosting its budget to help unemployed youths find work, work experience or training, Actiris announced in a press release on Tuesday.
The Times reports that the Planning Authority was awarded €1.4 million in EU funds for two projects set to provide training and scholarship opportunities at an organisational and national level.
On 8-9 March, Fi compass ESF Conference “Financial instruments funded by the European Social Fund – boosting social impact”.
08/03/2018 – 09/03/2018 The two-day event, organised in Brussels by the European Commission and the European Investment Bank, will focus on topics related to social inclusion and social impact investing, innovative financing models addressing social challenges as well as the role of financial instruments co-funded by the European Social Fund as a possible ground for innovative financing.
On 10 January 2018 the European Commission launched a series of public consultations for preparing the next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF).
This event focused on the implementation of financial instruments under the European Structural and Investment (ESI) Funds. Managing authorities, financial intermediaries, bodies implementing or considering the implementation of financial instruments under ESI funds were able to engage in lively discussions with representatives of the European institutions and the European Investment Bank, providing, thus, remarkable learning and networking opportunities for everyone involved.
29/11/2017 – 01/12/2017 This three-day event, organised in Brussels by the European Commission and the European Investment Bank, will focus on the use of financial instruments under the European Structural and Investment Funds in order to support investments in a wide range of sectors, such as SMEs, energy efficiency, urban development and research & development.
The role of social financial intermediaries in deploying financial instruments under the European Social Fund in the 2014-2020 programming period (event in Brussels, 17/10/2017)
Financial instruments under the ESF can play a key role in increasing the resources available and addressing new social challenges.
This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, and of the European Social Fund. Nürnberg, Germany held a two-day event to celebrate this ESF milestone.
The conference "European Social Fund - Past, Present and Future was organised by the Maltese Presidency and took place in Gozo from 23-24 March 2017.
The call for applications for the 2017 European Public Sector Award has been launched. The EPSA 2017 awards will be presented on the occasion of a high-level event to be held mid-November 2017 in Maastricht, the Netherlands.
A new project is creating opportunities for employers and the workforce in Bulgaria’s processing industry, and construction and tourism sectors.
An ESF-funded project in Bulgaria is providing free, early intervention social services for children with disabilities and their families.
The European Commission has published an evaluation report of investments under the European Social Fund (ESF) during the 2007-2013 period, with specific reports for each Member State.
Following a recent seminar with Spanish representatives from each of the regional public employment and social services, the ESF implementing bodies and from the central administration, a report provides the main conclusions for a better coordination of the employment and social services in Spain.
An ESF-funded project in Estonia is bringing regional and local development experts together in a programme to promote entrepreneurship and employment.
A new ESF-funded project in the Czech Republic is allowing communities, employers and parents to set up “micro-crèche” day care facilities around the country.
The 2016 Conference on Counterfactual Methods for Policy Impact Evaluation (COMPIE II) called for a far wider use of counterfactual methods for ESF programme evaluations and for more interaction with, and more direct involvement of the research community.
Initiatives to support to the social economy in Poland and to increase transparency of EU spending in Lithuania are recognised as innovative good practices
On 4 October 2016, the European Commission adopted a Communication that highlights the main achievements of the Youth Guarantee and Youth Employment Initiative (YEI) since their launch in 2013
Leading sports personalities get behind an ESF-funded project to help young people with disabilities overcome barriers to employment in Northern Ireland.
Businesses, job centres and vocational schools cooperate in a new large-scale initiative to secure more qualified workers in the Sjælland region of Denmark.
EU and regional funding is backing a Sustainable Urban Development Strategy to improve overall working, family and community life in Thessaly, Greece.
The 14th European Week of Regions and Cities 2016 will take place in Brussels from 10 to 13 October. Under the headline 'Regions and cities for sustainable and inclusive growth', the programme addresses three main themes: Sustained and sustainable economic growth; Inclusive economic growth; Making ESI Funds simpler.
The evaluation report 'Pilot projects to carry out ESF related counterfactual impact evaluations' sheds light on the effectiveness of some European Social Fund (ESF) interventions.
Today, the ESF Technical Platform publishes its first Technical Dossier, a 28-page guide for participants in the Thematic Networks that have started up since autumn 2015.
Thanks to ESF and national funding, citizens can once again visit the Archaeological Museum of Kythira which had been closed since an earthquake in 2006.
Roma children and their families will receive extra support to underline the importance of education in better integration and career prospects.
Between November and February, the nine transnational networks of ESF Managing Authorities and stakeholders held their first meetings. On average 10 Member States attended each meeting, with 23 Member States taking part overall. Though NGOs are keen to have a voice, the social partners have been slower to join in.
Finland has established a national network to co-ordinate participation in the EU-level thematic networks and assess applications for transnational projects. National Contact Point Sirpa Liljeström explains how it works.
The ESF Partner Search Database will soon be the new way for project promoters to find transnational partners. Database manager Brice Gatelet explains how it will work.
The scale of the challenge of managing the migration/mass movement of migrants and refugees requires both cooperation and solidarity between the Member States. The challenge also led to the re-naming of a Directorate General in the European Commission – DG Migration and Home Affairs in 2014. This DG now leads on policy and funding developments on migrants, refugees and asylum-seekers. In order to be efficient and effective, it cooperates with the European Structural and Investment Funds – including the European Social Fund – to facilitate the integration of migrants and refugees into the labour market.
Germany’s IdA programme applies the concept of transnational mobility to disadvantaged young people – with surprising results. Jyostna Patel interviewed Bettina Reuter of the German ministry responsible.
Flanders is the first ESF Managing Authority to publish a call for proposals within the Common Framework, and it is unusual in two ways. Not only does it incorporate a unique preparatory period while still staying within the synchronised timetable, but it also uses Simplified Cost Options throughout.
The European Commission has launched a public consultation in the context of its ex-post evaluation of the European Social Fund (ESF) during the 2007-2013 programming period.
A successful ESF-backed project in the Austrian Burgenland helps people get their informal work experience and skills recognised professionally to improve employment prospects in these challenging economic conditions
ESF funding has been cleared for activities, including early childhood education and social work, aimed at improving the lives of Slovakia’s Roma population.
A new ESF-funded project has been launched in the Swedish municipality of Umeå to give migrants with little or no schooling a helping hand in entering the workforce.
The University of Education in the German city of Karlsruhe plans to launch a project to promote lifelong academic learning with support from the ESF and the Baden-Württemberg Science Ministry.
An ESF-backed project ‘From Waste to Taste’ plans to open a restaurant and food recycling centre in Helsinki using leftover supermarket items.
The Commission has adopted the eleven remaining Operational Programmes (OP) for support from the ESF in Spain. All ESF OPs for the new period are now in place.
Today, the Commission adopted a Communication on the contribution of the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESI Funds) to the EU's growth strategy, the Investment Plan and the Commission's priorities over the next decade.
Investments in the period 2014-2020 will contribute to reducing unemployment, improving education and fostering social inclusion
The project 'Jongeren aan de Slag' (JONAS) has won the Dutch ESF award 2015 for its successes in helping unemployed young people connect with employers and find work.
An ESF co-funded project will bring immigrant jobseekers and employers together to boost internationalisation efforts in Finnish companies.
A new ESF-backed project has been launched to help people in Lisburn and Castlereagh to start their own business or find new jobs and training opportunities.
The main focus of investments in the Spanish Principality of Asturias is on reducing unemployment, especially amongst long term unemployed and other disadvantaged groups
More than 75 000 Polish vocational training students have benefited from extra support to get into the labour market thanks to an ESF-backed project.
The main focus of investments in the Spanish region of Castilla y León is on bringing people into jobs and raising the skills level of the workforce
Some 200 students in the final year of secondary education from the Belgian municipality of Maasmechelen took part in an ESF-backed interactive game introducing them to the local employment market.
The ESF has earmarked SEK 16 million (EUR 1.7 million) to fund the 'Prioett' (Priority One) project, which helps young people from the Swedish town of Landskrona into work.
Partnership and social development are critical to the success of the CLDS – 3G programme in Portugal’s Ribeira de Pena region, which is tackling unemployment, poverty and an ageing population.
A primary school in the German city of Puchheim is helping migrant children make a smooth transition into school. The ESF will now fund a part-time teaching position to support these efforts.
Palma’s Council has hired 58 new employees over 45 thanks to the ESF-funded project 'Job Placement Income'. They will work as educators, administrators, painters, etc. for the local authorities and government.
The Praktik project has trained almost 200 youth professionals and volunteers from the Prešov Region in coaching, mentoring, experience-based learning and team work.
Hundreds attended a single launch of the EU-funded ‘Adult Guarantee’ in Italy’s Lazio region. This popularity is expected to be repeated as the programme is rolled out across the country.
‘Learning while working’, an ESF-funded project managed by the Red Cross and Gipsy Foundation, is giving young Spaniards who are unemployed, undereducated or working in the black economy a fresh start.
The ESF-financed project "Diritti a scuola" from Puglia, addressing young people and families from disadvantaged backgrounds, has been honoured in the category Inclusive growth
ALIAT, a Romanian NGO focused on addiction treatment and prevention, has opened “Café Therapy” – an alcohol-free and non-smoking coffee bar that employs people from disadvantage groups and sells products made in other social enterprises.
The council and municipalities of Uppsala County in Sweden are planning to join forces in a new ESF-backed project to speed up the training and licensing process for migrant healthcare professionals.
The Austrian capital Vienna is planning to establish a part ESF-funded college for young refugees aged between 15 and 21 to ease their transition into the regular education and vocational training system.
An extraordinary meeting of managing authorities on 25 September discussed how to optimise the use of the ESF and the FEAD to support the integration of asylum seekers and refugees and exchange good practice and experience in this field
Since the beginning of September, the partly ESF-funded job info point (PIE) in the French commune of Saint-Denis-lès-Bourg has resumed its support service for jobseekers and those in professional training.
Study reveals that counselling and support can prevent young people from dropping out of their apprenticeships – proof that the ESF-backed project ‘Bleib dran’ (Keep going) in the German city of Bremen is on the right track.
A new ESF-funded project Polku X is about to be launched in the Finnish city of Tampere in a bid to help young people at risk of exclusion find a foothold in the employment market or return to education.
The Italian Region of Abruzzo and the National Laboratories of Gran Sasso have successfully collaborated to stimulate knowledge transfer and interest in the sciences, according to recently presented results of two ESF-backed projects.
Estonia has earmarked ESF funds to the tune of EUR 24.4 million to improve the employability of young jobseekers, as well as the long-term unemployed.
Some 29 jobseekers from 15 countries have just received their European Language Certificates attesting to their abilities in French and German in the framework of a part ESF-funded project in the German-speaking Community of Belgium.
As part of a new ESF-backed federal funding programme to reduce long-term unemployment in Germany, the job centre of the Erzgebirgekreis – a district in the Free State of Saxony – will receive EUR 10.2 million.
Report calls for strengthening cooperation in education and training up to 2020 and especially to promote social inclusion.
The Executive Agency for Fisheries and Aquaculture (EAFA) in Bulgaria is carrying out two ESF-funded projects to improve administrative quality management and its employees’ professional qualifications.
The ESF-funded project ‘Creation and Development of a Volunteering Community’ has just come to a successful close, having helped more than 500 unemployed young people in Lithuania take their first steps towards a career.
The Canary Islands Employment Service (SCE) will invest EUR 2.2 million in projects to help immigrants, people suffering from social exclusion, and those with disabilities to find work.
As electric and hybrid cars are becoming more popular in Finland, a project co-financed by the ESF is preparing mechanics to work in this promising sector of the automotive industry.
Investments in the period 2014-2020 will contribute to reducing unemployment, improving education and fostering social inclusion
The Hunedoara County School Inspectorate and the Diocese of Deva in Romania have joined forces in the ESF project ‘Give, help, respect’ to tackle early school leaving.
The Italian region of Liguria Region will invest ESF funds to the tune of EUR 14 million in vocational training courses for young jobseekers over 24 years old.
The programme is focused on strengthening the entrepreneurship in local areas of development as well as enhancing the employment rate in SME
The programme aims to boost economic growth and enhance social investment in line with the Europe 2020 targets for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth
One year after launch, more than 100 young school dropouts have accepted the support of the ESF-funded platform PSAD in the French agglomeration communities of Lens-Liévin and Hénin-Carvin.
Roma women in Extremadura, Spain, have successfully completed a training course to boost their employability as part of the ESF-funded project ‘Acceder’.
The second edition of the ESF-funded project ‘Polis’ helped 50 mentally disabled and socio-economically disadvantaged people improve their chances on the employment market. Half of the participants have now found a job – 17 of them with a permanent contract.
Two days after an agreement paving the way for a new support programme for Greece, the European Commission revealed plans to help Greece maximise its use of EU funds. As mandated by the Euro Summit on 12/13 July, this will help mobilise more than €35 billion up to 2020 to support the Greek economy, provided that the conditions agreed upon by the Euro Summit will be met.
Investments aim at creating growth and jobs by boosting innovation and competitiveness, and improving the regional system of research and development
The European Social Fund and the UK National Lottery have pledged GBP 14 million (EUR 19.7 million) to tackle poverty and unemployment in the city of Leicester and the surrounding county.
An ESF-backed project which gave over 750 social workers and caregivers the opportunity to boost their professional skills has now come to a successful close in the Czech town of Otrokovice.
Starting with Sweden and France, a new regulation reduces administrative burden for ESF and YEI projects, allows quicker reimbursement and makes programmes simpler, safer, quicker and more oriented towards outputs and results
ESF funding in the Autonomous Province of Bolzano supports employment for women and disadvantaged groups to promote social inclusion and growth
Between 2009 and 2014, the ESF helped over 145 000 unemployed young people in the Netherlands improve their chances on the employment market, according to a study by the Dutch statistical office.
In a drive to provide more support for people with mental disabilities and children in care, Latvia has announced a deinstitutionalisation and social service reform.
Some 560 industrial workers are set to benefit from retraining opportunities offered by an ESF-funded project in three industrial regions in Romania.
The Danish Growth Forum for the Capital region ‘Vækstforum Hovedstaden’ and the ESF have earmarked DKK 20 million (EUR 2.7 million) for a three-year project to counter the impending skilled labour shortage in the maritime industry.
The successful ESF-backed INOV contacto programme has helped some 5000 unemployed young people from Portugal obtain a traineeship abroad to launch their international career.
The Federation of Tradesmen (Fédération des Artisans, FdA) in Luxembourg will set up competence centres with support from the ESF to provide training and counter the continuing shortage of skilled labour.
A partly ESF-funded youth business project in Slovenia has attracted over 600 young people in the past two years. More than half of them have so far been successful in finding a job or creating their own business.
Estonia has earmarked EUR 4.9 million, partly funded by the ESF, for projects to set up nearly 1000 new childcare places and services for children up to the age of seven.
Specific programme for capital city designed to adequately address the urban challenges faced by Prague
A new ESF-funded programme with a clear focus on not only employment, but employment in the context of environment and climate protection has now been launched in Germany.
The Welsh government has renewed its commitment to the successful Jobs Growth Wales scheme, which will receive financial support out of ESF and government funds for another three years.
Some 1600 unskilled jobseekers have already obtained professional qualifications since the ESF-funded project ‘Improving competencies of unskilled people’ started in August 2014.
The British overseas territory of Gibraltar will target ESF investments at young jobseekers, the long-term unemployed and those currently outside the system
The partly ESF-funded youth justice organisation Le Chéile in Ireland is hoping to extend its services to reach more young offenders with its newly-launched strategy for 2015 to 2017 ‘Inspiring Change, Transforming Lives’.
ESF and ERDF investments to support national efforts to strengthen the education system as contribution to smart, sustainable and inclusive growth
Creating new jobs leads to greater efficiency, flexibility and satisfaction among employees, plus it reduces downtime. These are the results of five ESF-funded pilot projects conducted in the Netherlands.
A local community initiative has now presented a new ESF-supported project, which aims to boost youth employment in the city of Zagreb, Croatia.
The music school ‘We are music’ based in Harwich (UK) has now launched a new ESF-backed project to help unemployed young people gain a foothold in the employment market.
The Bulgarian government has renewed its commitment to improving the living conditions of children and has set aside ESF funds and reinforced measures to get children out of orphanages and other institutions.
The Czech NGO ‘Vzájemné soužití’ is organising trade qualification and retraining courses for the long-term unemployed in the east of the Czech Republic. The partly ESF-funded project mainly targets Roma.
Some 715 disadvantaged young jobseekers from France’s Loire region will benefit from special support in the framework of the ESF-funded Youth Guarantee over the next 12 months.
Nearly 300 students participated in the ESF-backed Swedish project ‘Plug In Västerbotten’, which aimed to reduce the number of dropouts from secondary school.
The part-ESF-funded project ‘Bestis’ has been expanded and will continue until the end of 2016 to help young people and disadvantaged groups find employment.
In an ESF-funded drive to increase the competitiveness of local SMEs, employees of universities and businesses in the Polish region of Małopolska are turning back the clock and becoming trainees.
A new ESF-backed project aims to promote the social inclusion of Roma in the Romanian commune of Vad in Cluj County with the help of the ancient craft of wicker making.
The economic situation in the EU started gradually improving nearly two years ago, and most Member States have recently registered positive GDP growth. Employment has started picking up, with improvements now materialising in most sectors.
The Belgian French Community Commission (CoCof) has pledged €360 million to support 93 mainly vocational training projects in Brussels. The ESF will cover €138 million of that amount.
Thanks to ESF funding, the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate will offer twice as many German language and orientation classes for refugees than in 2014, bringing the total up to 80.
The ESF-funded project Proeisol helped 250 jobseekers find employment in Badajoz, Spain, with 64% of project participants entering the healthcare sector.
An ESF-funded project in the framework of the Youth Guarantee scheme is aiming to boost employment in Middle Norrland, North Middle Sweden and South Sweden.
The project ‘Time for professionals – vocational education in Wielkopolska’ has been awarded the title ‘Best human capital investment 2014’ in the latest edition of the national Polish competition ‘Best ESF practices’.
An ESF-funded training for caretakers organised by the Regional Association of Vocational Training (AREP) of Fourmies in the North of France opens up new job prospects to its 14 alumni.
The ESF-funded project ‘Green District’ has now presented its results in creating a network for exchanging good practices and training in the construction sector in the Italian Province of Prato.
The Slovenian Ministry of Public Administration has launched a new ESF-backed project to modernise public services, increase their efficiency and cut operating costs.
The social integration project ‘La Ferme’ in the Belgian municipality of Comines-Warneton has been awarded ESF-funds to continue its work.
Over the past 18 months, the partly ESF-funded project Second Success has helped 25 residents of Torfaen County Borough in Wales re-enter the employment market.
A training course in industrial painting, co-financed by the ESF in Belgium, has proved a great success with 70% of its participants returning to gainful employment.
Some 221 people from all over Bulgaria have formalised their professional skills acquired outside of formal education and training at the Vocational School of Fashion Design in Veliko Tarnovo.
ESF investments will promote employment and social inclusion, improve the education system and enhance the efficiency of the public administration
A new partly ESF-funded project has been launched in Malta to provide nurses at St. Vincent de Paul home for the elderly with up-to-date training.
A total of 2706 teachers, psychologists and tutors at 200 Slovakian primary school have so far completed training programmes intended to foster the inclusion of marginalised Roma communities. A further 1500 will follow suit before the end of the ESF-funded project in October 2015.
New programme represents an important source of investment in employment, education, the fight against poverty and support for social services
Investments will address the persistent shortcomings in Romania's public administration and improve the functioning of the judiciary through support to structural reforms
By helping the country to develop its administrative and institutional capacity, the operational programme will contribute to Italy’s overall objective of achieving smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.
Investments will address challenges related to the efficiency of the administrations in providing quality, fast and affordable services for all groups of society
ESF investments will add significant value to the national education and social inclusion policies, addressing Bulgaria's challenges in education and training, including the provision of inclusive education
Thanks to the ESF-funded project ‘First business’, 38 small enterprises have set up shop in the city of Przemyśl and its environs in south-eastern Poland.
The part ESF-funded training plan ISLA for jobseekers in the Spanish province of Cáceres proves to be a success as 223 of its alumni find new employment.
Mazowieckie will use ESF funding to invest in sustainable and quality jobs for labour market mobility, social inclusion and the fight against poverty, as well as education and training to improve competences and skills in the work place.
A new partly ESF-funded project has been established in the Croatian city of Pula to build the capacities of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and promote social inclusion.
ESF funds support jobs, inclusion and anti-poverty measures to promote local economies and urban regeneration in Hungary.
Hungary targets higher employment with ESF funding, supporting low-skilled and young workers and a greater role for social enterprises.
The German region is investing in gender equality, job-related skills and social services to support a knowledge-based economy and an ageing population.
ESF investments target access to jobs and better education to make the region more competitive and increase living standards.
ESF spending in Małopolska focuses on employment, social inclusion, education and skills to support Poland’s goals for growth.
The ESF will focus on enhancing the region’s competitiveness by adapting and nurturing local skills and competences to promote inclusion and cohesion and boost the economy.
ESF investment targets social inclusion, job skills and education, supporting the region’s drive to be more competitive.
Job-related skills, equal opportunities and better educational outcomes are targeted, alongside measures for increasing social inclusion.
ESF funding will prioritise the promotion of sustainable and quality jobs in a mobile labour market, combating poverty and discrimination through social inclusion, and investing in education and training.
The Warminsko-Mazurskie region aims to boost growth and jobs through a focus on promoting employment opportunities and skills.
By increasing the rate of employment, labour mobility and entrepreneurship, ESF funding aims to make Podlaskiego’s economy more competitive and the region more socially inclusive.
Instilling self-confidence in young people is at the heart of the ESF-funded project ‘Trust in Yourself’, run by the Lithuanian employment agency since 2013.
A one-stop administrative service centre has now opened its doors in Latvia's capital Riga. It is the first of several centres to be created in the country as part of the ESF drive for better public services.
The comprehensive programme aims to further develop the Hungarian region and help boost its competitiveness while, at the same time, reducing socio-economic inequality and unemployment.
The region around the Dutch cities of Lochem and Zutphen will receive ESF funding to the tune of EUR 481 250 to help people who have been unemployed for more than six months back into paid work.
The European Institute of Public Administration - EIPA - with the institutional and financial support of 12 European public partners – invites applications to the fifth European Public Sector Award – EPSA 2015.
The Slovenian government has announced a new part ESF-funded project to help young graduates in Slovenia make the transition from university to employment.
With ESF support the business development centre Væksthus Syddanmark will launch a new EUR 4 million initiative to further growth and job creation in the south of Denmark.
The European Commission proposes to make 1 billion euro from the Youth Employment Initiative available as early as this year. This change will increase by up to 30 times the pre-financing Member States receive to boost youth employment - reaching up to 650 000 young people and helping them get into work, faster.
The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research has launched a new round of part ESF-funded projects to spark university dropouts' interest in apprenticeships and vocational training.
The consequences and lessons of the economic crisis for jobs and living standards are the subject of the latest ‘Employment and Social Developments in Europe’ review, published by the Commission on 15 January.
The part ESF-funded Business Support Programme for Women (PAEM) has offered entrepreneurial guidance to more than 2150 women in the Spanish city of Ciudad Real since its inception in 2000.
The overseas region of Guiana will target ESF investments at young jobseekers and school dropouts, the long-term unemployed and people facing exclusion.
Mayotte will use ESF funding to boost skills among the unqualified, the poorly-qualified and young people with the aim of boosting employment and growth.
Lifelong learning, training, qualifications and young jobseekers are at the forefront of Lorraine’s ESF investment plans aimed at helping the region reach its Europe 2020 targets.
A sustainable and mobile job market, promoting social inclusion, and investing in education and training are key among the region’s main ESF priorities.
Education and young jobseekers are at the heart of Sardinia’s ESF investment plans which target better and more relevant skills among its workforce.
ESF investment in Sicily is targeting education, skills and social inclusion with the aim of achieving sustainable and inclusive growth.
Abruzzo is focusing ESF investment on employment, with education and social inclusion initiatives supporting growth that benefits more of the region’s population.
The ESF aims to help jobseekers in the French overseas territory of Guadeloupe and St Martin improve their chances of finding work, and to raise standards in the public employment service.
The French oversees territory of Guadeloupe aims to boost employability among jobseekers and youth through higher qualifications and training in work-related skills.
The ESF will invest in education and training in the French overseas territory of Guyana to ensure that workforce competences and skills are adapted to the labour market and public and socio-economic requirements.
Jobseekers and people excluded from the labour market are the principal beneficiaries of ESN funding in Marche, promoting growth and social inclusion.
ESF funding in Poland will help the regions to address the key structural challenges they face in employment, education, health and social inclusion.
Better and more accessible public services for the most disadvantaged groups is central to Italy’s ESF strategy for social inclusion.
Martinique’s ESF programme targets higher employment, supported by education and social inclusion measures that are guided by local development strategies.
Investments in Ile-de-France will address education, training, social inclusion of marginalized communities, support for most fragile regions and SMEs, as well as environmental issues
Italy’s Friuli Venezia Giulia region is directing training, education and better social services at jobseekers and disadvantaged groups for social inclusion and growth.
The wide-ranging programme will prioritise investment in determining the country’s growth potential, encouraging economic development and prosperity, and identifying disparities across the two regions.
Madeira will use ESF funding to boost jobs, social inclusion and its education system in order to encourage growth and cohesion and meet EU targets.
Within the multi-fund operational programme for regional Azores, the ESF will focus on promoting access to education, lifelong learning, training and jobs.
ESF investment in the Algarve region is supporting job-creation, training, education and social inclusion to strengthen the region’s economy.
The ESF’s main focus during the programme will be boosting the regional economy, sustainable development and internal cohesion through innovative measures promoting education, training and better-quality, socially-relevant employment.
Portugal’s Norte region is investing ESF funding in local and regional projects for education, training and employment to boost sustainable, inclusive growth.
Alentejo will invest ESF funding to improve education, boost employment among those facing obstacles, and support social inclusion.
The operational programme for North Rhine-Westphalia will tackle the employment, social and demographic challenges facing the region.
The Poitou-Charentes region is promoting entrepreneurship and training to boost employment, particularly among women and poorly-qualified workers.
The Corsica region must help jobseekers, both young and old, to become better qualified and equipped to fill the growing number of vacancies being created by those reaching retirement age.
The three national programmes adopted, reinforced by 13 tailored strategic regional programmes – based on proposals from the regions themselves – will strengthen Greece’s efforts to exit the economic crisis.
ESF funding in the Autonoma di Trento region supports higher employment for young people, women and disadvantaged groups to promote social inclusion and growth.
ESF spending in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region is targeted primarily at its young people, whether qualified, unqualified or facing difficult circumstances.
School students, young jobseekers, the poorly-qualified and older workers are targeted by the Loire region’s ESF strategy to meet employment needs.
Rhineland-Palatinate will focus on job creation, social inclusion, education and lifelong learning to boost economic growth and help the region remain competitive in the face of economic and demographic challenges ahead.
Finland’s autonomous region of Åland is investing ESF funds in education, job skills and social inclusion to boost youth employment, equality and economic diversity.
The ESF programme in Italy’s Basilicata region promotes sustainable employment and growth, with a focus on young people, women and disadvantaged groups.
Lombardy’s ESF programme will provide a broad range of support to improving employment in the region, with a focus on persuading school students to stay on and get qualified.
Valle d’Aosta is using ESF funding to target education, social inclusion and employment as drivers for future growth.
ESF investments in Brussels address the important socio-economic challenges of the region and support in particular young people and disadvantaged persons
ESF investment will give a boost to skills and qualifications while raising the ability of public authorities to support growth and employment.
Poorly-qualified jobseekers, especially the young, are the target of Haute Normandie’s investment in qualifications and lifelong learning for inclusive, smart growth.
ESF investment will contribute significantly to making the Greek public administration one of the key pillars for the recovery of the country through the enhancement of its effectiveness and efficiency
Limousin will use ESF spending to implement innovative approaches to boosting skills, in particular among the least qualified jobseekers in the region.
The Alsace region in France will use ESF funding to boost education, skills and qualifications; as well as supporting new enterprises and the social economy.
Investment and growth are driving ESF funding in Piemonte, where the focus is on improving training, promoting social inclusion and finding a better work-life balance.
Brandenburg will use ESF funding to support sustainable employment and mobility, promote social inclusion and invest in education and training to boost skills and lifelong learning.
Brittany will use ESF spending to focus on education and training in order to boost skills levels across the region.
Young people and marginalised groups are the focus of Lazio’s targets for employment, access to childcare and other services, and education.
The Polish ESF OP addresses key structural challenges in the fields of employment, social inclusion, health, education and public administration
ESF investments in Greece will address the impact of the prolonged recession, particularly in employment, as well as education, skills and life-long learning
Investment and growth are driving ESF funding in Umbria, where the focus is on improving training, promoting social inclusion and finding a better work-life balance.
By reinforcing labour market policy, the ESF in Tuscany will support job creation by giving workers the education and skills they need.
ESF investment in Finland will target jobs, education and social inclusion in order to raise overall workforce skills and help more people onto the labour market.
The ESF invests in education, training and vocational training and aims to reduce overall unemployment rates, and particularly youth unemployment rates
Education, training and qualifications are the focus of the ESF operational programme for human capital in Portugal, driving growth and social inclusion.
More and better skills is the main objective of Northern Ireland’s ESF programme which targets young people and the disadvantaged in particular.
Nord-Pas de Calais’ operational programme is promoting higher qualifications, job-related skills and apprenticeships to tackle unemployment and social exclusion.
ESF spending in Liguria will focus on employability, equal opportunities and helping young people make the transition from education into high-quality jobs.
Veneto will invest ESF funding in education and training to help people find and keep work, while increasing social inclusion.
Emilia-Romagna will invest ESF funding in measures to boost the skills and employability of its more disadvantaged citizens.
ESF spending focuses on improved education and training, and better chances for young people and those facing multiple obstacles to finding work.
ESF funding for education, employment, healthcare and social services is part of a comprehensive investment in Estonia for growth and social inclusion.
ESF spending plans in the Midi-Pyrénées and Garonne region will target education, training and qualifications as pathways into work.
Germany’s capital city will focus ESF spending on education and training, as well as social inclusion with women, migrants and young people as the main targets.
Young people and those in danger of exclusion and poverty are at the centre of Portugal’s ESF programme for social inclusion.
The European Commission has adopted the Slovakian Operational Programme "Human Resources" for the implementation of the European Social Fund (ESF), the Youth Unemployment Initiative (YEI) and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) in the period 2014-2020.
With a strong emphasis on social measures, ESF spending focuses on education and training for young people and those facing multiple obstacles to finding work.
The operational programme for ESF spending in Saxony-Anhalt has a strong focus on helping disadvantaged groups improve their job prospects.
The operational programme targets education and training opportunities that are aligned with the region’s changing jobs and business environment.
Six young SCUBA divers were hired to work on the construction of a new coastal road on the French island of Réunion. Their training was financed by the ESF.
Bourgogne will focus ESF funding on improving the skills and qualifications of poorly-qualified or marginalised jobseekers, with high-quality apprenticeships a priority.
France’s Centre region will focus ESF spending on raising skills and qualifications and improving the employability of its young people.
The programme ensures investment in strengthened institutional capacity and effectiveness as well as an effective judicial system and increased law enforceability.
Auvergne is using ESF funding to boost employment by supporting new businesses and helping poorly-qualified jobseekers ¬improve their skills and qualifications.
On 28 November, the European Commission has adopted the Austrian Operational Programme for the implementation of the European Social Fund (ESF) in the period 2014-2020.
The ESF in Bulgaria is looking to generate more jobs and inclusiveness while reducing poverty, in order to reach its employment and social goals for 2020.
The Flemish ESF operational programme will complement national and regional measures aimed at boosting employment and social inclusion.
ESF investment in Franche-Comté and Jura focuses on improving skills and qualifications to support job creation in the local economy.
Aquitaine will use ESF funding to boost youth skills and employment, reduce university drop-out rates and spread the spirit of entrepreneurship wider.
ESF spending in Languedoc-Roussillon is targeting youth work skills, job-related skills and lifelong learning to increase employment.
ESF investment in the Rhône-Alpes seeks employment growth in the face of particular demographic and economic challenges.
France’s national-level Europ’Act programme will ensure better outcomes for the many regional programmes, including in overseas departments and territories.
On 18 November 2014, the Commission adopted the Partnership Agreement with Ireland, paving the way for more than €500 million (current prices) in European Social Fund (ESF) funding in the next seven years.
The European Community of Practice on Gender Mainstreaming (GenderCoP) has developed a tool to improve the quality and efficiency of Structural Funds processes at EU and Member State level by providing clear explanations of ESF requirements and examples of good practice on how to achieve gender equality in all cycles of the ESF.
On 30 October 2014, the Commission adopted the Partnership Agreement with Spain, paving the way for more than €7.5 billion (current prices) in European Social Fund (ESF) funding in the next seven years.
On 30 October 2014, the Commission adopted the Partnership Agreement with Croatia, paving the way for more than €1.5 billion (current prices) in European Social Fund (ESF) funding in the next seven years.
On 30 October 2014, the Commission adopted the Partnership Agreement with Slovenia, paving the way for more than €700 million (current prices) in European Social Fund (ESF) funding in the next seven years.
On 29 October 2014, the Commission adopted the Partnership Agreement with Luxembourg, paving the way for €20 million (current prices) in European Social Fund (ESF) funding in the next seven years.
On 29 October 2014, the Commission adopted the Partnership Agreement with Malta, paving the way for more than €100 million (current prices) in European Social Fund (ESF) funding in the next seven years.
The ESF operational programme (OP) takes a particular focus on helping disadvantaged people get into work and combating social exclusion
On 29 October 2014, the Commission adopted the Partnership Agreement with the United Kingdom, paving the way for more than €4.9 billion (current prices) in European Social Fund (ESF) funding in the next seven years.
On 29 October 2014, the Commission adopted the Partnership Agreement with Sweden, paving the way for €774 million (current prices) in European Social Fund (ESF) funding in the next seven years.
On 29 October 2014, the Commission adopted the Partnership Agreement with Belgium, paving the way for more than €1 billion (current prices) in European Social Fund (ESF) funding in the next seven years.
On 29 October 2014, the Commission adopted the Partnership Agreement with Italy, paving the way for more than €10 billion (current prices) in European Social Fund (ESF) funding in the next seven years.
The ESF operational programme for Mecklenburg-Vorpommern has a clear focus on its young people and solutions to demographic challenges
Bavaria’s ESF programme is boosting its workforce by focusing on skills and opportunities for those from peripheral groups such as the young, old or excluded
On 17 October 2014, the Commission adopted the Partnership Agreement with Austria, paving the way for €442 million (current prices) in European Social Fund (ESF) funding in the next seven years.
The European Commission organised a policy discussion with Member States on the modernisation of public administration.
The European Commission has today adopted the French national Operational Programme for the implementation of the ESF in mainland France in the period 2014-2020.
On 7 October 2014, the Commission adopted the Partnership Agreement with Finland, paving the way for more than €500 million (current prices) in European Social Fund (ESF) funding in the next seven years.
Baden-Württemberg in Germany designs its ESF operational programme to meet the employment and economic challenges the region is facing
With an emphasis on local solutions to local problems, the ESF operational programme (OP) in Thuringia addresses the region’s particular economic and demographic challenges
The final report assessing the effectiveness, efficiency and relevance of the ESF Learning Networks was published on 3 July. While improvements can be made, the Networks have proven to be valuable fora to exchange ideas, skills and innovative approaches, confirms the report.
The Schleswig-Holstein region in Germany has launched its European Social Fund programme for the period 2014-2020, aimed at skills and inclusion and tailored to local circumstances
The Commission has adopted the Dutch national Operational Programme for the implementation of the ESF in the period 2014-2020. This programme outlines the priorities and objectives to spend over 1 billion euros (of which over 500 million from the EU budget) contributing to strengthening economic growth and jobs in all Dutch regions.
In the Spanish region of Aragón, young researchers and established research groups will benefit from nearly €5 million in the coming years.
A six-month job placement for unemployed youth, and funding for start-up companies: an ESF co-funded job creation scheme in Wales sets an example for others.
On 29 August 2014, the Commission adopted the Partnership Agreement with Hungary, paving the way for more than €4.7 billion (current prices) in European Social Fund (ESF) funding in the next seven years.
On 26 August 2014, the Commission adopted the Partnership Agreement with the Czech Republic, paving the way for more than €3.4 billion (current prices) in European Social Fund (ESF) funding in the next seven years.
On 22 August 2014, the Commission adopted the Partnership Agreement with the Netherlands, paving the way for more than €500 million (current prices) in European Social Fund (ESF) funding in the next seven years.
On 8 August 2014, the Commission adopted the Partnership Agreement with France, paving the way for more than €6 billion (current prices) in European Social Fund (ESF) funding in the next seven years.
On 7 August 2014, the Commission adopted the Partnership Agreement with Bulgaria, paving the way for around €1.5 billion (current prices) in European Social Fund (ESF) funding in the next seven years - a 20% increase compared to the previous period.
On 6 August 2014, the Commission adopted the Partnership Agreement with Romania, paving the way for close to €5 billion (current prices) in European Social Fund (ESF) funding in the next seven years.
The Commission has adopted today the Danish national Operational Programme for the implementation of the ESF in the period 2014-2020. This programme outlines the priorities and objectives to spend 400 million euros (of which over 200 from EU budget) contributing to strengthening economic growth in all Danish regions.
On 30 July 2014, the Commission adopted the Partnership Agreement with Portugal, paving the way for €7.5 billion (current prices) in European Social Fund (ESF) funding in the next seven years.
The European Commission's 6th Report on Economic, Social and Territorial Cohesion published today shows that EU Cohesion Policy is delivering on the growth goals of the Europe 2020 Strategy by creating jobs and reducing disparities across Europe.
On 20 June 2014, the Commission adopted the Partnership Agreement with Lithuania, paving the way for more than €1.1 billion (current prices) in European Social Fund (ESF) funding in the next seven years, including measures for supporting youth employment.
On 20 June 2014, the Commission adopted the Partnership Agreement with Estonia, paving the way for almost €600 million (current prices) in European Social Fund (ESF) funding in the next seven years.
On 20 June 2014, the Commission adopted the Partnership Agreement with Cyprus, paving the way for almost €130 million (current prices) in European Social Fund (ESF) funding in the next seven years.
On 20 June 2014, the Commission adopted the Partnership Agreement with Slovakia, paving the way for some €2.2 billion (current prices) in European Social Fund (ESF) funding in the next seven years.
On 20 June 2014, the Commission adopted the Partnership Agreement with Latvia, paving the way for over € 600 million (current prices) in European Social Fund (ESF) funding in the next seven years.
The European Commission has adopted today the first Operational Programme with France to use the available funding from the Youth Employment Initiative (YEI) to tackle youth unemployment.
On 23 May 2014, the Commission adopted the Partnership Agreement with Poland, paving the way for over € 13 billion (current prices) in European Social Fund (ESF) funding in the next seven years.
On 23 May 2014, the Commission adopted the Partnership Agreement with Greece, paving the way for nearly €4 billion (current prices) in European Social Fund (ESF) funding in the next seven years.
On 22 May 2014, the Commission adopted the Partnership Agreement with Germany, paving the way for € 7.5 billion (current prices) in European Social Fund (ESF) funding in the next seven years.
An expert evaluation of the achievements of the European Social Fund (ESF) over the period 2007-2012 has been published by the European Commission. Prepared by a network of experts drawn from all Member States, the report is a synthesis of the key findings contained in country reports reviewing national evaluations combined with information from ESF annual implementation reports.
On 5 May 2014, the Commission adopted the Partnership Agreement with Denmark, setting out the strategies and investment priorities for the European Structural and Investment Funds in this country.
The European Commission has adopted the first of 28 "Partnership Agreements" that set down the strategies in EU member states and regions for European Structural and Investment Funds.
Top Chef Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall has won an award at the Europe wide RegioStars 2014 in the ‘Inclusive growth: Creating jobs for the young generation' category.
The ESF launch conference, taking place in Brussels on 6-7 February, examines which policies the ESF could and should support under the new investment priorities, as well as new ways to use the ESF.
The Commission has adopted a common set of standards to improve consultation, participation and dialogue with partners during the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of projects financed by the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF).
On 16 December, the Council adopted the cohesion policy package for 2014-2020, marking the end of two and a half years of negotiations.
On 5 December, the Council adopted a regulation aimed at facilitating the use of funding from the EU cohesion policy for 2007-2013 in order to counter the crisis. This confirmed an agreement reached earlier between the Lithuanian presidency and representatives of the European Parliament and the Commission.
Slowly but surely European citizens are becoming more familiar with the European Social Fund (ESF) and its work. The 2013 Eurobarometer survey on the social climate in Europe confirms this growing awareness. When asked if they had heard of the ESF 44 % of the respondents replied yes, up from 33 % in 2006.
One day after the adoption of the EU's Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) for the years 2014 to 2020, the European Parliament has today adopted the Regulation on the European Social Fund as well as the Common Provision Regulation for all European Structural and Investment Funds.
Today the European Parliament voted in favour of the EU's Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) for the years 2014 to 2020. The consent of the EP clears the way for the final approval by the Council in the coming weeks.
On 8 October, the European Commission, together with the OECD, published the results of a comprehensive survey on literacy, numeracy and technology-related skills in 17 EU Member States and other countries. In each country, the skill levels of 5000 people of working age (16-65 years) were assessed.
The European Commission has today approved Croatia’s investment plan to use EU cohesion policy funds worth €449.4m allocated to the country when it joined the EU on 1st July 2013.
The Commission adopted today the communication "Working together for Europe's young people – A call to action on youth unemployment". It stresses once more that among all efforts to get the economy growing again, combatting youth unemployment is a top priority.
The Commission has proposed today that the agreement on an increased EU-share for investments in Greece, Cyprus and Portugal would be prolonged for another two years, and that Romania and Slovakia would be given more time to spend cohesion funds.
A new progress report reveals flexibility and accelerating participation in ESF actions and demonstrates the concrete results being achieved on the ground
To mark International Roma Day, the European Commission has underlined the need for further efforts by the Member States to improve the situation for Roma communities in Europe.
Divergence continues to increase across Member States, translating into persistently growing labour market and social challenges, marked by ever higher unemployment at EU level, according to the March edition of the EU Employment and Social Situation Quarterly Review.
The Commission has proposed rules to make the Youth Employment Initiative a reality. This new instrument with a budget of €6 billion for the period 2014-20 was proposed in February by the European Council.
The Commission has called on Member States to prioritise social investment and to modernise their welfare states. This means better performing active inclusion strategies and a more efficient and more effective use of social budgets.
The smaller 2014-2020 budget agreed by the European Council includes ESF priority funding for youth employment measures and help for the most deprived groups
In April, the Commission had presented a working paper on a European Code of Conduct on Partnership. A number of stakeholders have already provided reactions to this principle.
A new evaluation report shows the significant role the ESF has in funding lifelong learning initiatives across the EU. The report looks at the impact of these activities for young people, older workers and low-skilled persons.