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Proposals to simplify access to EU funds
Proposals to simplify access to EU funds (20/07/2017)

The group of independent Cohesion Policy experts presented its final report for a simplified EU funds framework after 2020.

Six decades of investment in people
Six decades of investment in people (27/03/2017)

The year 2017 marks the 60th anniversary of the European Social Fund (ESF), Europe's oldest and main instrument to invest in people.

The ESF has helped almost 10 million Europeans to find a job between 2007 and 2014
The ESF has helped almost 10 million Europeans to find a job between 2007 and 2014 (05/01/2017)

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.

Reinforcing the coordination of the employment and social services in Spain: experiences and new opportunities
Reinforcing the coordination of the employment and social services in Spain: experiences and new opportunities (08/12/2016)

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.

Toward enhanced evaluations of ESF programmes
Toward enhanced evaluations of ESF programmes (16/11/2016)

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.

Progress of the Youth Guarantee and of the Youth Employment Initiative
Progress of the Youth Guarantee and of the Youth Employment Initiative (10/10/2016)

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

Report on effectiveness of ESF interventions through counterfactual impact evaluation
Report on effectiveness of ESF interventions through counterfactual impact evaluation (06/07/2016)

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.

Public consultation: feedback on the ESF 2007-2013
Public consultation: feedback on the ESF 2007-2013 (09/02/2016)

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.

The contribution of ESIF to jobs and growth
The contribution of ESIF to jobs and growth (14/12/2015)

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.

Supporting the integration of asylum seekers and refugees
Supporting the integration of asylum seekers and refugees (25/09/2015)

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

A new, more inclusive vision of education and training up to 2020
A new, more inclusive vision of education and training up to 2020 (03/09/2015)

Report calls for strengthening cooperation in education and training up to 2020 and especially to promote social inclusion.

A new start for jobs and growth in Greece: Commission mobilises more than €35 billion from the EU budget
A new start for jobs and growth in Greece: Commission mobilises more than €35 billion from the EU budget (16/07/2015)

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.

Less administrative burden and more focus on outcomes
Less administrative burden and more focus on outcomes (09/07/2015)

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

More funding to Roma integration
More funding to Roma integration (19/06/2015)

Member States continue to make progress in Roma integration, but further efforts are necessary. This is the conclusion of an annual Commission report.

1 billion euro in pre-financing for the Youth Employment Initiative
1 billion euro in pre-financing for the Youth Employment Initiative (22/05/2015)

Today the European Commission will make almost 1 billion euro available for the young unemployed

Employment and social situation: quarterly review
Employment and social situation: quarterly review (13/04/2015)

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.

European Public Sector Award 2015
European Public Sector Award 2015 (06/02/2015)

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.

Commission proposes drastically increased pre-financing for Youth Employment Initiative
Commission proposes drastically increased pre-financing for Youth Employment Initiative (04/02/2015)

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.

Commission report highlights new jobs, new skills and social protection as drivers for restoring employment and incomes
Commission report highlights new jobs, new skills and social protection as drivers for restoring employment and incomes (19/01/2015)

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.

Partnership agreement with Ireland adopted
Partnership agreement with Ireland adopted (18/11/2014)

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.

New tool for improved gender equality in the ESF
New tool for improved gender equality in the ESF (17/11/2014)

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.

Partnership agreement with Spain adopted
Partnership agreement with Spain adopted (30/10/2014)

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.

Partnership agreement with Croatia adopted
Partnership agreement with Croatia adopted (30/10/2014)

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.

Partnership agreement with Slovenia adopted
Partnership agreement with Slovenia adopted (30/10/2014)

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.

Partnership agreement with Luxembourg adopted
Partnership agreement with Luxembourg adopted (30/10/2014)

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.

Partnership agreement with Malta adopted
Partnership agreement with Malta adopted (30/10/2014)

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.

Partnership agreement with the United Kingdom adopted
Partnership agreement with the United Kingdom adopted (29/10/2014)

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.

Partnership agreement with Sweden adopted
Partnership agreement with Sweden adopted (29/10/2014)

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.

Partnership agreement with Belgium adopted
Partnership agreement with Belgium adopted (29/10/2014)

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.

Partnership agreement with Italy adopted
Partnership agreement with Italy adopted (29/10/2014)

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.

Partnership agreement with Austria adopted
Partnership agreement with Austria adopted (17/10/2014)

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.

Modernising Public Administration: Commission discusses with Member States
Modernising Public Administration: Commission discusses with Member States (13/10/2014)

The European Commission organised a policy discussion with Member States on the modernisation of public administration.

Partnership agreement with Finland adopted
Partnership agreement with Finland adopted (07/10/2014)

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.

ESF Learning Networks: an effective transnational learning experience
ESF Learning Networks: an effective transnational learning experience (24/09/2014)

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.

Partnership agreement with Hungary adopted
Partnership agreement with Hungary adopted (29/08/2014)

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.

Partnership agreement with the Czech Republic adopted
Partnership agreement with the Czech Republic adopted (27/08/2014)

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.

Partnership agreement with the Netherlands adopted
Partnership agreement with the Netherlands adopted (22/08/2014)

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.

Partnership agreement with France adopted
Partnership agreement with France adopted (12/08/2014)

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.

Partnership agreement with Bulgaria adopted
Partnership agreement with Bulgaria adopted (11/08/2014)

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.

Partnership agreement with Romania adopted
Partnership agreement with Romania adopted (08/08/2014)

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.

Partnership agreement with Portugal adopted
Partnership agreement with Portugal adopted (30/07/2014)

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.

6th Report on Economic, Social and Territorial Cohesion
6th Report on Economic, Social and Territorial Cohesion (23/07/2014)

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.

Youth Employment Initiative: toward speedy implementation
Youth Employment Initiative: toward speedy implementation (08/07/2014)

Commission and Member States meet to speed up implementation of €6bn euro dedicated fund

Partnership agreement with Lithuania adopted
Partnership agreement with Lithuania adopted (20/06/2014)

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.

Partnership agreement with Estonia adopted
Partnership agreement with Estonia adopted (20/06/2014)

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.

Partnership agreement with Cyprus adopted
Partnership agreement with Cyprus adopted (20/06/2014)

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.

Partnership agreement with Slovakia adopted
Partnership agreement with Slovakia adopted (20/06/2014)

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.

Partnership agreement with Latvia adopted
Partnership agreement with Latvia adopted (20/06/2014)

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.

Youth Employment Initiative: first programme adopted
Youth Employment Initiative: first programme adopted (03/06/2014)

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.

Partnership agreement with Poland adopted
Partnership agreement with Poland adopted (26/05/2014)

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.

Partnership agreement with Greece adopted
Partnership agreement with Greece adopted (26/05/2014)

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.

Partnership agreement with Germany adopted
Partnership agreement with Germany adopted (22/05/2014)

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.

ESF achievements 2007-2012: a final synthesis
ESF achievements 2007-2012: a final synthesis (21/05/2014)

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.

Partnership agreement with Denmark adopted
Partnership agreement with Denmark adopted (06/05/2014)

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.

Adoption of the first Partnership Agreement
Adoption of the first Partnership Agreement (05/05/2014)

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.

Roma integration: EU Framework triggers first results
Roma integration: EU Framework triggers first results (04/04/2014)

Concerted action by the European Commission has put Roma integration firmly on the political agenda across Europe.

ESF: measures for success in 2014-2020
ESF: measures for success in 2014-2020 (05/02/2014)

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.

A stronger role for partners in running the ESF
A stronger role for partners in running the ESF (07/01/2014)

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).

Council adopts cohesion policy package for 2014-2020
Council adopts cohesion policy package for 2014-2020 (17/12/2013)

On 16 December, the Council adopted the cohesion policy package for 2014-2020, marking the end of two and a half years of negotiations.

‘We cannot afford to let them down’
‘We cannot afford to let them down’ (13/12/2013)

New legal commitment by Member States to achieve tangible results on Roma inclusion

Easier use of cohesion policy funding to counter the crisis
Easier use of cohesion policy funding to counter the crisis (06/12/2013)

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.

The ESF: growing on people
The ESF: growing on people (05/12/2013)

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.

Adoption of the ESF Regulation by the European Parliament
Adoption of the ESF Regulation by the European Parliament (20/11/2013)

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.

European Parliament approves EU’s long-term budget (MFF) 2014-2020
European Parliament approves EU’s long-term budget (MFF) 2014-2020 (19/11/2013)

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.

Results of the first adult-skills survey can guide ESF priorities for the 2014-2020 period
Results of the first adult-skills survey can guide ESF priorities for the 2014-2020 period (10/10/2013)

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.

Commission approves Croatia’s plan for EU cohesion policy investment
Commission approves Croatia’s plan for EU cohesion policy investment (26/08/2013)

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.

Setting and adjusting targets for the ESF
Setting and adjusting targets for the ESF (07/08/2013)

Background papers give methodological support for the preparation of new Operational Programmes

A call to action on youth unemployment
A call to action on youth unemployment (19/06/2013)

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.

New measures for improving cohesion policy delivery
New measures for improving cohesion policy delivery (21/05/2013)

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.

Croatia on its way into the ESF
Croatia on its way into the ESF (14/05/2013)

With Croatia's accession to the EU coming up shortly, preparations are under way to swiftly deploy ESF activities

Cohesion funding impacts in a time of crisis
Cohesion funding impacts in a time of crisis (18/04/2013)

A new progress report reveals flexibility and accelerating participation in ESF actions and demonstrates the concrete results being achieved on the ground

Creating chances for young people
Creating chances for young people (12/03/2013)

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.

Linking jobs and biodiversity
Linking jobs and biodiversity (01/03/2013)

A recent report sets out the linkages between employment and Europe’s biodiversity objectives – and the new skills workers will need to help meet these.

Council agreement on Youth Guarantee
Council agreement on Youth Guarantee (28/02/2013)

The European Commission has welcomed the political agreement reached on the proposed Youth Guarantee Recommendation.

The EU budget: funding a better future
The EU budget: funding a better future (13/02/2013)

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

EU report prioritises policies for youth
EU report prioritises policies for youth (14/09/2012)

EU Youth Report calls for youth employment and social inclusion to be top priorities

Contributions to the debate on a 'European Code of Conduct on Partnership'
Contributions to the debate on a 'European Code of Conduct on Partnership' (03/09/2012)

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.

ESF: a major funder for lifelong learning
ESF: a major funder for lifelong learning (07/08/2012)

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.