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.
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.
Den 3 juli publicerades den slutliga rapporten som bedömer ESF:s nätverk för lärande och dess verkan, effektivitet och relevans. Även om det kan göras förbättringar, så bekräftas det i rapporten att nätverken har visat sig vara värdefulla forum för att utbyta idéer, kunskaper och nyskapande arbetssätt.