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.
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.
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.
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.
The social integration project ‘La Ferme’ in the Belgian municipality of Comines-Warneton has been awarded ESF-funds to continue its work.
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.
ESF investments in Brussels address the important socio-economic challenges of the region and support in particular young people and disadvantaged persons
ESF spending focuses on improved education and training, and better chances for young people and those facing multiple obstacles to finding work.
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 Flemish ESF operational programme will complement national and regional measures aimed at boosting employment and social inclusion.
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.