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EU budget: a new European Social Fund

30/05/2018

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).

For the next long-term EU budget, the Commission is proposing to further strengthen the Union’s social dimension with a renewed European Social Fund, the European Social Fund Plus (ESF+). For the period 2021-2027, the European Social Fund Plus receive funding of €101.2 billion in total.

Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, Marianne Thyssen, said: “Europe wants to empower people. We put our money where our mouth is. Our new, flexible and simplified social funds are focused on investing in people: to make sure they have the right skills, to make sure they have modern social protection adapted to new forms of work, and to show solidarity with those who need it most." 

European Social Fund Plus

The European Social Fund Plus will be a more flexible and simpler version of the current European Social Fund by merging a number of existing funds and programmes. Pooling resources will allow the EU and Member States to provide more integrated and targeted support in response to the social and labour market challenges that people in Europe face today.

Specifically, the European Social Fund Plus will merge the:

Background

Today's proposals related to ESF+, EGF and the Justice, Rights and Values Fund are part of the Commission’s proposals for the long-term EU budget adopted by the Commission on 2 May 2018.