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Two ESF winners at REGIO Star awards!
Two ESF winners at REGIO Star awards! (11/10/2017)

On Tuesday evening the European Commission's RegioStars Awards ceremony took place in Brussels as part of the European Week of Regions and Cities.

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.

Zes decennia lang investeren in mensen
Zes decennia lang investeren in mensen (27/03/2017)

In 2017 viert het Europees Sociaal Fonds (ESF), Europa's oudste en belangrijkste instrument om in mensen te investeren, zijn 60-jarig bestaan.

Tussen 2007 en 2014 bijna 10 miljoen Europeanen aan het werk dankzij het ESF
Tussen 2007 en 2014 bijna 10 miljoen Europeanen aan het werk dankzij het ESF (05/01/2017)

De Commissie heeft een evaluatieverslag bekendgemaakt van de investeringen in het kader van het Europees Sociaal Fonds (ESF) in de periode 2007-2013, met voor elke lidstaat een specifiek verslag.

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.

Verslag van de Commissie benadrukt nieuwe jobs, nieuwe vaardigheden en sociale bescherming als stuwende factoren om werkgelegenheid en inkomens te herstellen
Verslag van de Commissie benadrukt nieuwe jobs, nieuwe vaardigheden en sociale bescherming als stuwende factoren om werkgelegenheid en inkomens te herstellen (19/01/2015)

De gevolgen en lessen van de economische crisis voor jobs en levensstandaarden zijn het onderwerp van de laatste evaluatie van de „Werkgelegenheids- en sociale ontwikkelingen in Europa”, die op 15 januari door de Commissie werd gepubliceerd.

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.

Nieuw instrument voor meer gendergelijkheid in het ESF
Nieuw instrument voor meer gendergelijkheid in het ESF (17/11/2014)

De Europese Groep voor praktijkgemeenschap aangaande gendermainstreaming (GenderCoP) heeft een instrument ontwikkeld om de kwaliteit en efficiëntie van de procedures van de structuurfondsen op EU- en lidstaatniveau te verbeteren. Het instrument verschaft duidelijke uitleg over ESF-vereisten en geeft voorbeelden van goede praktijken voor de wijze waarop gendergelijkheid bereikt kan worden in alle cycli van het 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.

Partnerschapsovereenkomst met België aangenomen
Partnerschapsovereenkomst met België aangenomen (29/10/2014)

Op 29 oktober 2014 heeft de Commissie de partnerschapsovereenkomst met België aangenomen. Hiermee is de weg voorbereid voor meer dan 1 miljard EUR (huidig prijspeil) financiering van het Europees Sociaal Fonds (ESF) in de komende zeven jaar.

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.

Lerende netwerken van het ESF: een doeltreffende transnationale leerervaring
Lerende netwerken van het ESF: een doeltreffende transnationale leerervaring (24/09/2014)

Het eindverslag over de doeltreffendheid, efficiëntie en relevantie van de lerende netwerken van het ESF werd op 3 juli gepubliceerd. De netwerken zijn voor verbetering vatbaar, maar hebben bewezen dat ze een waardevol platform zijn om ideeën, vaardigheden en innovatieve benaderingen uit te wisselen, zo bevestigt het rapport.

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.

Partnerschapsovereenkomst met Nederland aangenomen
Partnerschapsovereenkomst met Nederland aangenomen (22/08/2014)

Op 22 augustus 2014 heeft de Commissie de partnerschapsovereenkomst met Nederland aangenomen. Hiermee is de weg geplaveid voor meer dan 500 miljoen EUR (huidig prijspeil) financiering van het Europees Sociaal Fonds (ESF) in de komende zeven jaar.

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.

Successen van het ESF 2007-2012: definitief syntheseverslag
Successen van het ESF 2007-2012: definitief syntheseverslag (21/05/2014)

De Europese Commissie heeft een evaluatie door deskundigen gepubliceerd over de successen van het Europees Sociaal Fonds (ESF) in de periode tussen 2007 en 2012. Het verslag is opgesteld door een netwerk van deskundigen uit alle lidstaten en is een synthese van de belangrijkste bevindingen uit de landenverslagen waarin nationale evaluaties worden beoordeeld, en informatie uit de jaarlijkse verslagen over de uitvoering van het ESF.

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.

Eerste Partnerschapsovereenkomst aangenomen
Eerste Partnerschapsovereenkomst aangenomen (05/05/2014)

De Europese Commissie heeft de eerste van 28 “Partnerschapsovereenkomsten” aangenomen waarin de strategieën voor Europese Structuur- en Investeringsfondsen in lidstaten en regio’s van de EU zijn vastgelegd.

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: maatregelen voor succes in 2014-2020
ESF: maatregelen voor succes in 2014-2020 (05/02/2014)

Tijdens de ESF-openingsconferentie, op 6-7 februari in Brussel, wordt onderzocht welke beleidsmaatregelen het ESF in het kader van de nieuwe investeringsprioriteiten kan en moet ondersteunen, en worden nieuwe manieren bekeken om het ESF in te zetten.

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 kunnen het ons niet veroorloven om hen in de steek te laten'
‘We kunnen het ons niet veroorloven om hen in de steek te laten' (13/12/2013)

Lidstaten hebben nieuwe wettelijke verplichting om tastbare resultaten te behalen voor de insluiting van Roma

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.

Het ESF: groeiende bekendheid
Het ESF: groeiende bekendheid (05/12/2013)

Langzaam maar zeker worden Europese burgers bekender met het Europees Sociaal Fonds (ESF) en wat het doet. De enquête die Eurobarometer in 2013 heeft gehouden over het sociale klimaat in Europa bevestigt deze toenemende bekendheid. Op de vraag of ze wel eens van het ESF hadden gehoord, antwoordde 44 % van de respondenten met ja; in 2006 was dat 33 %.

Goedkeuring van de ESF-verordening door het Europees Parlement
Goedkeuring van de ESF-verordening door het Europees Parlement (20/11/2013)

Eén dag na de goedkeuring van het Meerjarig Financieel Kader (MFK) van de EU voor de periode 2014-2020 heeft het Europees Parlement vandaag de Verordening betreffende het Europees Sociaal Fonds en de Verordening houdende Gemeenschappelijke Bepalingen voor alle Europese Structuur- en Investeringsfondsen goedgekeurd.

Europees Parlement geeft groen licht meerjarenbegroting (MFK) 2014-2020
Europees Parlement geeft groen licht meerjarenbegroting (MFK) 2014-2020 (19/11/2013)

Het Europees Parlement heeft vandaag het meerjarig financieel kader (MFK) van de EU voor 2014-2020 goedgekeurd.

Resultaten van de eerste enquête over de vaardigheden van volwassenen kan het ESF helpen prioriteiten te stellen voor de periode 2014-2020
Resultaten van de eerste enquête over de vaardigheden van volwassenen kan het ESF helpen prioriteiten te stellen voor de periode 2014-2020 (10/10/2013)

Op 8 oktober publiceerde de Europese Commissie samen met de OESO de resultaten van een uitgebreide enquête over de taal- en rekenvaardigheden en de ICT-vaardigheden in 17 EU-lidstaten en andere landen. In elk land werden de competentieniveaus van 5000 mensen in de werkende leeftijd (16-65 jaar) beoordeeld.

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.

Doelstellingen voor het ESF opstellen en bijstellen
Doelstellingen voor het ESF opstellen en bijstellen (07/08/2013)

Achtergronddocumenten bieden methodologische ondersteuning bij het voorbereiden van nieuwe operationele programma's

Oproep tot actie ter bestrijding van jeugdwerkloosheid
Oproep tot actie ter bestrijding van jeugdwerkloosheid (19/06/2013)

De Commissie heeft vandaag de mededeling "Samen aan de slag voor de jongeren in Europa – Een oproep tot actie ter bestrijding van jeugdwerkloosheid" gepubliceerd. Hierin wordt nogmaals benadrukt dat bij alle inspanningen voor het stimuleren van de economische groei de bestrijding van jeugdwerkloosheid de hoogste prioriteit heeft.

Nieuwe maatregelen voor betere uitvoering van cohesiebeleid
Nieuwe maatregelen voor betere uitvoering van cohesiebeleid (21/05/2013)

De Commissie heeft vandaag voorgesteld de overeenkomst voor een verhoogd EU-aandeel in investeringen in Griekenland, Cyprus en Portugal met nog eens twee jaar te verlengen en Roemenië en Slowakije meer tijd te geven voor het besteden van middelen uit het cohesiefonds.

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

De invloed van cohesiefinanciering in tijden van crisis
De invloed van cohesiefinanciering in tijden van crisis (18/04/2013)

Nieuw voortgangsverslag toont flexibiliteit en versnelde deelname aan ESF-acties en laat zien welke concrete resultaten ter plaatse worden bereikt

Kansen creëren voor jongeren
Kansen creëren voor jongeren (12/03/2013)

De Commissie stelt regels voor om het Jeugdwerkgelegenheidsinitiatief tot werkelijkheid te maken. Dit nieuwe instrument is in februari door de Europese Raad voorgesteld en er is een budget van 6 miljard euro beschikbaar voor de periode 2014-2020.

Banen en biodiversiteit koppelen
Banen en biodiversiteit koppelen (01/03/2013)

Een recent rapport beschrijft de relatie tussen werkgelegenheid en de biodiversiteitsdoelstellingen van Europa - en bekijkt welke nieuwe vaardigheden werknemers daarvoor moeten leren.

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.

De EU-begroting: financiering van een betere toekomst
De EU-begroting: financiering van een betere toekomst (13/02/2013)

Onder de kleinere begroting 2014-2020 waar de Europese Raad mee heeft ingestemd, valt ook de financiering van maatregelen tegen jeugdwerkloosheid en de hulp aan de minstbedeelden, zaken die binnen het ESF als prioriteit zijn aangemerkt

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: een belangrijke promotor voor een leven lang leren
ESF: een belangrijke promotor voor een leven lang leren (07/08/2012)

Een nieuw evaluatierapport laat zien dat het ESF een belangrijke rol speelt in het financieren van initiatieven in het kader van een leven lang leren in de hele EU. Het rapport bekijkt de impact van deze activiteiten voor jongeren, oudere werknemers en laagopgeleide mensen.