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Financial Instruments under the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) in the 2014-2020 programming period
Financial Instruments under the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) in the 2014-2020 programming period (08/11/2017)

29/11/2017 – 01/12/2017 This three-day event, organised in Brussels by the European Commission and the European Investment Bank, will focus on the use of financial instruments under the European Structural and Investment Funds in order to support investments in a wide range of sectors, such as SMEs, energy efficiency, urban development and research & development.

A focus on financial instruments and the social sector across Europe
A focus on financial instruments and the social sector across Europe (30/10/2017)

The role of social financial intermediaries in deploying financial instruments under the European Social Fund in the 2014-2020 programming period (event in Brussels, 17/10/2017)

Capacity building services on financial instruments in support of ESF managing authorities
Capacity building services on financial instruments in support of ESF managing authorities (30/10/2017)

Financial instruments under the ESF can play a key role in increasing the resources available and addressing new social challenges.

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.

Making a splash in Guadeloupe
Making a splash in Guadeloupe (23/06/2017)

A school has been recognised for its ESF project in a Caribbean French overseas territory.

Immigrants to show enterprise in Italy
Immigrants to show enterprise in Italy (23/06/2017)

Eight ESF funded projects will help immigrants start their own businesses in Italy.

Stepping up skills in the Czech Republic
Stepping up skills in the Czech Republic (23/06/2017)

An ESF funded project aimed at helping employees learn new skills is in high demand in the Czech Republic.

Women aim to restart careers in Germany
Women aim to restart careers in Germany (09/06/2017)

An ESF-funded project is helping women return to work and start businesses in Germany.

Revamping public services in Slovakia
Revamping public services in Slovakia (09/06/2017)

A series of nationwide projects focussed on improving public administration will be implemented in Slovakia.

60 years young — multi-region celebrations for the ESF in Bulgaria
60 years young — multi-region celebrations for the ESF in Bulgaria (26/05/2017)

The 60th anniversary of the European Social Fund was recently marked with celebrations across six regions in Bulgaria.

In off the post for unemployed in Denmark
In off the post for unemployed in Denmark (19/05/2017)

A partnership between a Superliga football club and a local employment agency is helping the unemployed in Denmark.

Students to learn from professionals in Slovakia
Students to learn from professionals in Slovakia (19/05/2017)

An ESF funded project is providing students with professional experience in Slovakia.

Helping out those in need in Bulgaria
Helping out those in need in Bulgaria (19/05/2017)

A social service is providing personal assistance for the elderly and people with disabilities in Bulgaria.

Flower power: passion blossoms in Lithuania
Flower power: passion blossoms in Lithuania (12/05/2017)

An ESF funded project has reignited the floral passion of a woman in Lithuania.

Giving your business idea a makeover in Belgium
Giving your business idea a makeover in Belgium (12/05/2017)

A business incubator has helped a woman entrepreneur open a beauty salon in Belgium.

Dropouts given chance to boost skills in Ireland
Dropouts given chance to boost skills in Ireland (12/05/2017)

An ESF funded project is helping recent school dropouts gain employment skills in Ireland.

Students put skills to the test in Latvia
Students put skills to the test in Latvia (05/05/2017)

A national vocational skills competition has showcased the professional expertise of students in Latvia.

Formação para desempregados em Portugal
Formação para desempregados em Portugal (05/05/2017)

Uma associação recebeu fundos para formar e integrar no mercado de trabalho cerca de 3000 desempregados em Portugal.

Funds to boost university research in Czech Republic
Funds to boost university research in Czech Republic (05/05/2017)

Universities have been allocated EUR 555 000 000 to fund development and research activities in the Czech Republic.

Exploring new business opportunities in Denmark
Exploring new business opportunities in Denmark (28/04/2017)

An ESF funded project is offering tourism and hospitality courses to students in Denmark.

Training professionals for success in Wales
Training professionals for success in Wales (28/04/2017)

An EU-funded academy is offering university education to business professionals in Wales.

Cutting it as an engineer in Estonia
Cutting it as an engineer in Estonia (28/04/2017)

An ESF-funded project is offering mobile workshops in the metal and wood industry to young people in Estonia.

Enabling and recognising entrepreneurs in Croatia
Enabling and recognising entrepreneurs in Croatia (10/04/2017)

An ESF-funded project which promotes entrepreneurship has won an award in Croatia.

Learning abroad and bringing experience home to Poland
Learning abroad and bringing experience home to Poland (10/04/2017)

Young technicians in Poland have received certificates for completing traineeships abroad.

ESF funds ease access to employment in Spain
ESF funds ease access to employment in Spain (10/04/2017)

Sheltered employment helped 825 people at risk of exclusion to find a job — twice as many as in 2015.

Shaping the digital workforce of the future
Shaping the digital workforce of the future (30/03/2017)

An ESF funded project offers ICT training to young people living in Greece.

Tournament encourages Finnish students to be innovative
Tournament encourages Finnish students to be innovative (30/03/2017)

A tournament involving multidisciplinary teams of students promotes innovation in Finland.

Awards to recognise fight against homelessness
Awards to recognise fight against homelessness (30/03/2017)

A new award is recognising ESF projects which have improved the lives of homeless people since 2010.

The ESF turns 60 – celebrations in Germany
The ESF turns 60 – celebrations in Germany (30/03/2017)

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, and of the European Social Fund. Nürnberg, Germany held a two-day event to celebrate this ESF milestone.

Debating past, present and future of the ESF
Debating past, present and future of the ESF (28/03/2017)

The conference "European Social Fund - Past, Present and Future was organised by the Maltese Presidency and took place in Gozo from 23-24 March 2017.

6 décadas de investimento nas pessoas
6 décadas de investimento nas pessoas (27/03/2017)

Assinala-se em 2017 o 60.º aniversário do Fundo Social Europeu (FSE), o instrumento mais antigo de que a Europa dispõe para investir nas pessoas.

Boosting entrepreneurship in Luxembourg
Boosting entrepreneurship in Luxembourg (17/03/2017)

An ESF co-funded project is helping people to become their own boss, and create even more jobs.

Conference sparks bright ideas for entrepreneurs in Latvia
Conference sparks bright ideas for entrepreneurs in Latvia (17/03/2017)

A conference on social entrepreneurship has provided valuable insights in Latvia.

Opportunities for women from rural communities in Ireland
Opportunities for women from rural communities in Ireland (17/03/2017)

A new project is providing women in Ireland with the training and support they need to help them find work.

Breaking down social barriers in Spain
Breaking down social barriers in Spain (10/03/2017)

An ESF-funded project offers students with disabilities the opportunity of having their first work experience.

Establishing stronger connections in the Czech Republic
Establishing stronger connections in the Czech Republic (10/03/2017)

A local administration in the Zlin region is receiving funds to improve eGovernment services in the Czech Republic.

Tackling unemployment and helping society in Slovakia
Tackling unemployment and helping society in Slovakia (10/03/2017)

An ESF-funded project is using social entrepreneurship to reduce unemployment in Slovakia.

Making dolls and creating better futures in Sweden
Making dolls and creating better futures in Sweden (03/03/2017)

A social enterprise is using doll manufacturing as part of a wider initiative to help people to gain work experience in Sweden.

Chef trains homeless people in Germany
Chef trains homeless people in Germany (03/03/2017)

An ESF-funded project enables people at a homeless shelter to make and enjoy a homemade meal together.

Support for young people in France to restart education
Support for young people in France to restart education (03/03/2017)

An ESF- funded project helps youngsters in Romorantin to resume their studies.

Rewarding excellence in public administration
Rewarding excellence in public administration (28/02/2017)

The call for applications for the 2017 European Public Sector Award has been launched. The EPSA 2017 awards will be presented on the occasion of a high-level event to be held mid-November 2017 in Maastricht, the Netherlands.

Let’s celebrate! Finland salutes as the ESF turns 60
Let’s celebrate! Finland salutes as the ESF turns 60 (27/02/2017)

The 60th anniversary of the European Social Fund was celebrated recently in Finland.

Learning and earning with companies in Finland
Learning and earning with companies in Finland (23/02/2017)

A new project is offering tailored training courses for companies in Finland.

Nurturing social inclusion in Slovenia
Nurturing social inclusion in Slovenia (23/02/2017)

A new centre is promoting social inclusion for the elderly, the unemployed and marginalised groups in Slovenia.

Easing youngsters’ transition towards employment in Luxembourg
Easing youngsters’ transition towards employment in Luxembourg (23/02/2017)

Projects aiming to help youth in Luxembourg can access ESF funds.

Embracing Roma integration in Greece
Embracing Roma integration in Greece (17/02/2017)

A support centre for a Roma community in Karditsa, Greece has been granted funding for the next three years.

Project presents Poles with fresh opportunities
Project presents Poles with fresh opportunities (17/02/2017)

An ESF-funded project in Poland is providing support to individuals in difficult socio-economic situations.

Bringing families concrete help in Italy
Bringing families concrete help in Italy (17/02/2017)

A new ESF-funded project sets up an extensive network to offer families tailored support.

Part of the process! Employers boost labour market in Bulgaria
Part of the process! Employers boost labour market in Bulgaria (10/02/2017)

A new project is creating opportunities for employers and the workforce in Bulgaria’s processing industry, and construction and tourism sectors.

Adults get a second chance to learn in Estonia
Adults get a second chance to learn in Estonia (10/02/2017)

An ESF-funded education project is offering free training across Estonia in 2017.

Better together – working with Lithuania’s Roma community
Better together – working with Lithuania’s Roma community (10/02/2017)

A new project aims to integrate the Roma community into the labour force in Lithuania.

Immigrants get help to find jobs in the Netherlands
Immigrants get help to find jobs in the Netherlands (03/02/2017)

A social services agency will help 50 immigrants with temporary residence permits to find employment in the Netherlands.

Requalified for a fresh start in the Czech Republic
Requalified for a fresh start in the Czech Republic (03/02/2017)

More than 22 000 unemployed people gained new skills to help them find work thanks to ESF co-funded training courses.

Greenhouse helps people turn over new leaf in Sweden
Greenhouse helps people turn over new leaf in Sweden (03/02/2017)

An ESF-funded project is using a greenhouse to help people socially reintegrate in Sweden.

Bulgaria — social services for children with disabilities
Bulgaria — social services for children with disabilities (27/01/2017)

An ESF-funded project in Bulgaria is providing free, early intervention social services for children with disabilities and their families.

Need a hand? Assistants for families in Poland
Need a hand? Assistants for families in Poland (27/01/2017)

A new project in the city of Bytom is offering assistants to support families in their day-to-day lives.

Scotland — get to work on starting your business
Scotland — get to work on starting your business (27/01/2017)

A new ESF-funded training scheme in Scotland is encouraging people to get back to work and start their own business.

Support for miners in Czech Republic
Support for miners in Czech Republic (19/01/2017)

A new ESF-funded project is targeting soon to be unemployed miners in the Czech Republic.

Stay in school! Finnish project helps Roma youth
Stay in school! Finnish project helps Roma youth (19/01/2017)

An ESF-funded project in Finland is helping Roma youth to complete their secondary level education.

Job support for long-term unemployed in Germany
Job support for long-term unemployed in Germany (19/01/2017)

The ESF-funded project ‘Jobperspektive’ supports unemployed people in acquiring new qualifications and finding a job.

Slovakia’s unemployment rate falls
Slovakia’s unemployment rate falls (13/01/2017)

The unemployment rate fell to under 9 % in Slovakia, its best figure since 2008.

Reducing youth unemployment in Spain
Reducing youth unemployment in Spain (13/01/2017)

An ESF-funded programme trains and supports young people to help them to find a job.

Immigrants to Italy get help to find a job or start a business
Immigrants to Italy get help to find a job or start a business (13/01/2017)

New incentives for immigrants to get employed or start their own business thanks to ESF funds.

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.

It’s ‘back to school’ for dropouts in France
It’s ‘back to school’ for dropouts in France (16/12/2016)

Early school-leavers have a second chance to sit their secondary exams thanks to ESF funds.

Helping Britain battle socio-economic disadvantage
Helping Britain battle socio-economic disadvantage (16/12/2016)

An ESF-funded programme provides a boost to people struggling with low skills, poverty and unemployment in Britain.

Slovenian labour force has thirst for knowledge
Slovenian labour force has thirst for knowledge (16/12/2016)

A new educational programme in Slovenia has helped over 300 adults in less than two months.

Conclusively inclusive: Dutch company wins ESF award
Conclusively inclusive: Dutch company wins ESF award (09/12/2016)

Werkbedrijf Lelystad has been announced as the winner of the ESF-Award 2016 for its contribution to an inclusive society.

Giving jobseekers a chance in Poland
Giving jobseekers a chance in Poland (09/12/2016)

An ESF-project in Silesia provides a comprehensive scheme for getting out of unemployment.

Health kick for Latvian professionals
Health kick for Latvian professionals (09/12/2016)

An ESF-funded project in Latvia aims to improve professional skills in priority healthcare areas.

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.

Empowering development experts in Estonia
Empowering development experts in Estonia (05/12/2016)

An ESF-funded project in Estonia is bringing regional and local development experts together in a programme to promote entrepreneurship and employment.

Boosting integration in Italy
Boosting integration in Italy (05/12/2016)

A new ESF-funded project will help people with disabilities find their way into employment.

Integration: Fast-track for professionals in Sweden
Integration: Fast-track for professionals in Sweden (25/11/2016)

An ESF-funded programme in Sweden is helping to fast-track doctors and medically trained immigrants into the workforce.

New day care facilities introduced in Czech Republic
New day care facilities introduced in Czech Republic (25/11/2016)

A new ESF-funded project in the Czech Republic is allowing communities, employers and parents to set up “micro-crèche” day care facilities around the country.

EU funds to fight against exclusion in France
EU funds to fight against exclusion in France (25/11/2016)

A new ESF-funded project will help more than 4 000 job-seekers a year to find a job or start a training course.

Employment match-ups in Greece
Employment match-ups in Greece (18/11/2016)

An ESF-funded project matching education and job-skills with the unemployed will start in 17 municipalities throughout the country.

You’re hired! Trainee awards in Estonia
You’re hired! Trainee awards in Estonia (18/11/2016)

The ESF-funded ‘Apprentice Cum Laude’ competition awards the best trainees in the country.

Campaign targets high school dropout rate in Sweden
Campaign targets high school dropout rate in Sweden (18/11/2016)

ESF-funded project sets its sights on halving Botkyrka’s high youth unemployment by 2020.

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.

Equal opportunities in Belgium... including when volunteering!
Equal opportunities in Belgium... including when volunteering! (10/11/2016)

An ESF-funded project makes volunteering possible for everyone, including people with disabilities.

Learning how to be your own boss in Denmark
Learning how to be your own boss in Denmark (10/11/2016)

Health-sector students receive training to help start their own business thanks to ESF funds.

‘Speed dating’ interviews to find a job in Finland
‘Speed dating’ interviews to find a job in Finland (10/11/2016)

One third of the young participants in an ESF-funded job-search project have found a job in less than three months.

Improving care services in Estonia
Improving care services in Estonia (27/10/2016)

A new ESF-funded programme will provide valuable on-the-job training for care-workers.

A fresh start for young people in Latvia
A fresh start for young people in Latvia (27/10/2016)

New ESF-funded project to help NEETs to find their way back to school or employment.

New skills, new opportunities for immigrants in Slovenia
New skills, new opportunities for immigrants in Slovenia (27/10/2016)

An ESF-funded programme brings together immigrant women to set up a business while improving their language skills.

Closing the digital gap for Spanish over-55s
Closing the digital gap for Spanish over-55s (21/10/2016)

A total of 500 seniors from Castilla La Mancha will receive ICT training under a new ESF-backed programme.

Joining forces to support the unemployed
Joining forces to support the unemployed (21/10/2016)

ESF and local associations are working together to help unemployed people at risk of social exclusion in Finland.

Young trainee in the workplace
Young trainee in the workplace (21/10/2016)

Youth welfare offices inspire 116 young people at risk of exclusion to go back to school or find a job.

Forging ahead to fight unemployment in Cyprus
Forging ahead to fight unemployment in Cyprus (14/10/2016)

A series of 11 new ESF co-funded projects to help jobseekers on the path to employment.

Easier labour market access for Romanian jobseekers
Easier labour market access for Romanian jobseekers (14/10/2016)

Free training programmes are being offered to unemployed Romanians thanks to ESF support.

Job-searching techniques that pay off
Job-searching techniques that pay off (14/10/2016)

The first ESF co-funded ‘Employment hub’ in Palma helps 28 youngsters to find a job.

Two ESF projects win annual RegioStars award
Two ESF projects win annual RegioStars award (11/10/2016)

Initiatives to support to the social economy in Poland and to increase transparency of EU spending in Lithuania are recognised as innovative good practices

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

Sharing tips and tricks on finding a job
Sharing tips and tricks on finding a job (07/10/2016)

Participants in this ESF-funded project are sharing their successful job-search techniques to help other jobseekers.

Action plan helps youth unemployed in Zeeland
Action plan helps youth unemployed in Zeeland (07/10/2016)

ESF funds have helped to reduce the number of young people without jobs in the Dutch province of Zeeland.

Keeping monuments and jobs safe
Keeping monuments and jobs safe (07/10/2016)

Thanks to ESF funds, more than 600 people have been employed to help restore Slovakia’s cultural heritage.

Bringing help to elderly and disabled people’s homes in Lithuania
Bringing help to elderly and disabled people’s homes in Lithuania (30/09/2016)

Thanks to ESF funds home support will be available in all municipalities of the country.

Better care for children with disabilities in Latvia
Better care for children with disabilities in Latvia (30/09/2016)

Additional social rehabilitation for children with disabilities and support for their families, thanks to ESF funds.

ESF unlocks jobs for youngsters in Sweden
ESF unlocks jobs for youngsters in Sweden (30/09/2016)

Coaching, training and even health counselling offered to open doors to employment.

Long life to lifelong learning!
Long life to lifelong learning! (23/09/2016)

ESF awards for stand-out projects and individuals in the UK

Supporting educational centres in Italy
Supporting educational centres in Italy (23/09/2016)

An ESF-funded project is helping schools to give extra support to students to improve basic skills.

A wider offer for agricultural studies
A wider offer for agricultural studies (23/09/2016)

ESF funding is helping to improve the tertiary education system Croatia.

Boosting social inclusion in Czechia
Boosting social inclusion in Czechia (15/09/2016)

A highly targeted ESF-funded project promotes equal opportunities for pupils and students in Litomyšl.

Overcoming language and culture barriers
Overcoming language and culture barriers (15/09/2016)

Roma adults and children are more integrated and able to express themselves thanks to ESF funds in Slovakia.

UK: Paralympic champ inspires disabled youths
UK: Paralympic champ inspires disabled youths (15/09/2016)

Leading sports personalities get behind an ESF-funded project to help young people with disabilities overcome barriers to employment in Northern Ireland.

Santa’s unlikely helpers appear in France
Santa’s unlikely helpers appear in France (09/09/2016)

Unemployed and semi-employed people pitch in to repair toys for children in need, thanks to an ESF-funded project.

Large-scale cooperative scheme for qualified workers
Large-scale cooperative scheme for qualified workers (09/09/2016)

Businesses, job centres and vocational schools cooperate in a new large-scale initiative to secure more qualified workers in the Sjælland region of Denmark.

Matching skills to jobs in Poland
Matching skills to jobs in Poland (09/09/2016)

An ESF-backed project to boost vocational education and entrepreneurship gets underway in Częstochowa, Poland.

Supporting trainers to help young people in Germany
Supporting trainers to help young people in Germany (02/09/2016)

Small firms and charities providing training courses receive extra support from the ESF to encourage more youth participation.

Motivating unemployed youth in Bulgaria
Motivating unemployed youth in Bulgaria (02/09/2016)

Identifying and motivating unemployed and ‘inactive’ youth in the Municipality of Gulyantsi is key to an ESF co-funded project.

Free vocational training in Estonia
Free vocational training in Estonia (02/09/2016)

ESF support for free professional training will reach thousands of Estonians across almost all vocations.

Lifeline for the long-term unemployed in London
Lifeline for the long-term unemployed in London (25/08/2016)

An ESF-backed programme is targeting unemployment and poverty in some of London’s poorest neighbourhoods.

Guidance for the long-term unemployed in Denmark
Guidance for the long-term unemployed in Denmark (25/08/2016)

An ESF-backed project has been set up to provide job-seekers with new pathways into the Danish labour market.

Strategy for struggling families in Larisa and Volos
Strategy for struggling families in Larisa and Volos (25/08/2016)

EU and regional funding is backing a Sustainable Urban Development Strategy to improve overall working, family and community life in Thessaly, Greece.

Scholarship boost for Maltese students
Scholarship boost for Maltese students (19/08/2016)

The Endeavour scheme offers around 500 scholarships, mainly in research in science and technology.

Boost for social care reform in the South Aegean islands
Boost for social care reform in the South Aegean islands (19/08/2016)

The South Aegean Region is setting up a community centre in Ermoupoli, the capital of the Greek island of Syros.

Back to school for new skills and opportunities in Latvia
Back to school for new skills and opportunities in Latvia (19/08/2016)

Adult learning is the focus of a new ESF-backed programme enlisting the strength of Latvia’s educational institutions.

Spanish businesses set the example in combating discrimination
Spanish businesses set the example in combating discrimination (11/08/2016)

An ESF-funded guide helps businesses to share their plans for integrating people with disabilities.

A boost for education and enterprise in Ireland
A boost for education and enterprise in Ireland (11/08/2016)

More than 5820 jobseekers are set to benefit from the latest push in Ireland to fill the emerging skills gap.

Supporting young entrepreneurs in Hungary
Supporting young entrepreneurs in Hungary (11/08/2016)

An ESF-funded programme is encouraging young job seekers to start a company of their own.

Integrating immigrants in Finnish labour market
Integrating immigrants in Finnish labour market (15/07/2016)

An ESF-funded project offers language courses to boost integration.

Helping Swedish SMEs to go digital
Helping Swedish SMEs to go digital (15/07/2016)

Local business will create an e-network to boost online commerce thanks to ESF funds.

Helping the unemployed in Spain
Helping the unemployed in Spain (15/07/2016)

Five ESF-funded career centres help 79 people to find a job.

Registration open: European Week of Regions and Cities
Registration open: European Week of Regions and Cities (12/07/2016)

The 14th European Week of Regions and Cities 2016 will take place in Brussels from 10 to 13 October. Under the headline 'Regions and cities for sustainable and inclusive growth', the programme addresses three main themes: Sustained and sustainable economic growth; Inclusive economic growth; Making ESI Funds simpler.

Integrating asylum seekers into the Austrian labour market
Integrating asylum seekers into the Austrian labour market (08/07/2016)

Austria carries out performance tests to better identify refugees’ competences.

Training skilled workers in Denmark
Training skilled workers in Denmark (08/07/2016)

ESF-funded project to make vocational education more attractive to Danish youngsters.

Bringing universities and companies closer in Poland
Bringing universities and companies closer in Poland (08/07/2016)

IT students to get first work experience thanks to ESF funds.

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.

Participants’ Guide to Thematic Networking
Participants’ Guide to Thematic Networking (07/06/2016)

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.

Two more transnational calls
Two more transnational calls (07/06/2016)

Sweden and Finland have published their calls for transnational project proposals in the 2016 co-ordinated call. Each covers four themes.

Bringing opportunities to Lithuanian ‘Neet’ youngsters
Bringing opportunities to Lithuanian ‘Neet’ youngsters (27/05/2016)

ESF- funded project to support more than 35 000 young people as they build a future.

Healthy workplaces in The Netherlands
Healthy workplaces in The Netherlands (27/05/2016)

ESF funds to help employees stay healthy and fit throughout their careers.

Employment for victims of gender-based violence
Employment for victims of gender-based violence (20/05/2016)

European Social Funds encourage businesses to employ battered women.

Encouraging youngsters to stay at school in Italy
Encouraging youngsters to stay at school in Italy (19/05/2016)

New ESF-funded programme to reduce the number of school dropouts in Napoli.

Boosting entrepreneurship in Luxembourg
Boosting entrepreneurship in Luxembourg (19/05/2016)

Unemployed people create their own business thanks to ESF funds.

Helping the unemployed in Belgium
Helping the unemployed in Belgium (13/05/2016)

A new ESF-supported job centre opens in Liège.

UK: Integrating people living with disabilities
UK: Integrating people living with disabilities (13/05/2016)

ESF-funded rural project success in Western Trust areas of Derry, Strabane and Omagh in Northern Ireland.

Boosting work-life balance in Poland
Boosting work-life balance in Poland (13/05/2016)

Additional places to be created in municipal nurseries thanks to ESF support.

Fighting against discrimination in Lithuania
Fighting against discrimination in Lithuania (06/05/2016)

Students with disabilities can receive ESF-backed allowances to access higher education.

Opening history’s doors in Greece
Opening history’s doors in Greece (06/05/2016)

Thanks to ESF and national funding, citizens can once again visit the Archaeological Museum of Kythira which had been closed since an earthquake in 2006.

Going digital in Denmark
Going digital in Denmark (29/04/2016)

ESF funding to boost Danish SMEs’ digitalisation processes and e-commerce.

Tackling youth unemployment in Bulgaria
Tackling youth unemployment in Bulgaria (29/04/2016)

An ESF-funded project helps Bulgarian youngsters find a job.

Helping refugees to get integrated in Germany
Helping refugees to get integrated in Germany (22/04/2016)

An ESF-funded project to connect vocational and job centres to increase employment opportunities for refugees.

Making safer workplaces in Latvia
Making safer workplaces in Latvia (22/04/2016)

ESF funding will boost safety for workers in high-risk industries.

Tackling unemployment in Spain
Tackling unemployment in Spain (18/04/2016)

An ESF-funded project helps Rasines’ town hall to hire 14 new employees.

Back to school in Estonia
Back to school in Estonia (18/04/2016)

ESF funds help Estonian schools to encourage adults who left school early to continue their studies.

Roma: education for better integration in Slovenia
Roma: education for better integration in Slovenia (18/04/2016)

Roma children and their families will receive extra support to underline the importance of education in better integration and career prospects.

People with impairments get a job in Austria
People with impairments get a job in Austria (08/04/2016)

In Kärnten, ESF-funded projects help around 50 people with impairments and disabilities find a job in the food retail sector.

Thematic Networks complete their first round of meetings
Thematic Networks complete their first round of meetings (08/04/2016)

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.

Educational support to French unemployed
Educational support to French unemployed (08/04/2016)

An ESF-funded project fights exclusion by providing training to jobless people.

Opening doors to employment in Cyprus
Opening doors to employment in Cyprus (08/04/2016)

The Ministry of Labour launches a new plan for promoting employment.

Finland’s national network on transnational co-operation
Finland’s national network on transnational co-operation (07/04/2016)

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.

Finding project partners – the ESF Partner Search Database
Finding project partners – the ESF Partner Search Database (07/04/2016)

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.

Encouraging Roma people in Finland to aim higher
Encouraging Roma people in Finland to aim higher (01/04/2016)

A nationwide ESF-funded education project to help Roma youngsters to continue studying and be more integrated into society.

Helping Dutch youngsters to pursue their careers
Helping Dutch youngsters to pursue their careers (01/04/2016)

An ESF-backed project has helped hundreds of young people in northern Holland to find new career pathways.

Melhorar o capital humano em Portugal
Melhorar o capital humano em Portugal (01/04/2016)

«Capital Humano» é um programa apoiado pelo FSE que tem por objetivo melhorar o ensino e a formação em Portugal.

Bringing technology to Croatian schools
Bringing technology to Croatian schools (18/03/2016)

An ESF-funded project teaches students how to use the internet responsibly.

Microcredits for Slovenian social businesses
Microcredits for Slovenian social businesses (18/03/2016)

Loans to cover start-up costs for social enterprises to be covered by ESF funds.

Migrants – how can the ESF help?
Migrants – how can the ESF help? (17/03/2016)

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.

IdA – surprising results
IdA – surprising results (17/03/2016)

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.

Improving quality of life in Bulgaria
Improving quality of life in Bulgaria (10/03/2016)

An ESF-funded project to help 220 people who need assistance to live independently.

Helping young researchers pursue careers in Romania
Helping young researchers pursue careers in Romania (10/03/2016)

More than 300 researchers from several Romanian universities have received valuable career support thanks to ESF funding.

Getting down to work in Slovenia
Getting down to work in Slovenia (10/03/2016)

ESF will support an on-the-job-training programme to fight unemployment.

Getting young workers involved in West Midland’s growing economy
Getting young workers involved in West Midland’s growing economy (03/03/2016)

An ESF-funded project tackles youth unemployment with training skills for the future job market.

Helping female engineers back into work
Helping female engineers back into work (03/03/2016)

The Hannover region helps female engineers re-enter the labour market.

Making Italy’s labour market more accessible
Making Italy’s labour market more accessible (03/03/2016)

ESF sets aside EUR 14.7 million to help both recent graduates and senior unemployed people to find a job.

To infinity and beyond… with ESF funds
To infinity and beyond… with ESF funds (26/02/2016)

The University of Malta has announced the nation’s first space mission.

Boosting social integration in Slovenia
Boosting social integration in Slovenia (26/02/2016)

The ESF funded ‘House of Creative Re-use’ provides an all-in-one solution to create employment, tackle poverty and raise environmental awareness.

Thinking out of the box in Czech Republic
Thinking out of the box in Czech Republic (26/02/2016)

‘Housing First’, a pioneering ESF-funded project that helps homeless people to integrate into society.

ESF ambassador in Flanders
ESF ambassador in Flanders (19/02/2016)

Three projects in Flemish universities in Leuven, Antwerp and Oostende have been awarded the title ESF Ambassadors in 2016.

Smooth transition for building sector in France
Smooth transition for building sector in France (19/02/2016)

Facing difficult times, the French construction sector has found a solution to help safeguard jobs and manage business transitions.

Tackling poverty in Perthshire
Tackling poverty in Perthshire (19/02/2016)

An ESF-backed fund has been set up to boost employment and fight poverty in Scotland’s Perthshire county.

The two strange things about the Flemish transnational call
The two strange things about the Flemish transnational call (15/02/2016)

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.

A first and important step for young Latvians
A first and important step for young Latvians (11/02/2016)

Vocational training programmes in Latvia are giving young people skills and opportunities to advance their careers.

Language classes for migrants to speed up integration
Language classes for migrants to speed up integration (11/02/2016)

The German district of Hanover has pledged EUR 96 000 to bolster language courses for migrants, co-funded by the ESF.

Breaking down social barriers to get a job
Breaking down social barriers to get a job (11/02/2016)

More than 750 people affected by mental disorders have found a job in Spain thanks to ESF-funded rehabilitation centres.

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.

Job Club!
Job Club! (05/02/2016)

A new ESF-backed project is boosting employment prospects and social inclusion in Croatia.

Creating opportunities for unemployed women
Creating opportunities for unemployed women (05/02/2016)

More than 1100 companies supported and 5000 jobs created in Crete thanks to an ESF-funded programme.

Making up for missing professional qualifications
Making up for missing professional qualifications (05/02/2016)

A successful ESF-backed project in the Austrian Burgenland helps people get their informal work experience and skills recognised professionally to improve employment prospects in these challenging economic conditions

New IT system streamlines job-search in Romania
New IT system streamlines job-search in Romania (29/01/2016)

A new IT and e-card system has been developed by an ESF-funded project to boost job-search across the country.

Empresas sociais em Portugal
Empresas sociais em Portugal (29/01/2016)

Uma loja em Santarém emprega doentes psiquiátricos, combatendo o estigma associado às doenças mentais.

Incentives for employing young people in Spain
Incentives for employing young people in Spain (29/01/2016)

Companies in Aragon are being offered financial incentives to stimulate youth employment in Spain.

Improving conditions for Roma
Improving conditions for Roma (22/01/2016)

ESF funding has been cleared for activities, including early childhood education and social work, aimed at improving the lives of Slovakia’s Roma population.

Helping long-term unemployed
Helping long-term unemployed (22/01/2016)

An ESF-backed programme in Estonia plans to help the long-term unemployed return to the labour market.

Preparing migrants for employment
Preparing migrants for employment (22/01/2016)

A new ESF-funded project has been launched in the Swedish municipality of Umeå to give migrants with little or no schooling a helping hand in entering the workforce.

Coaching entrepreneurship in Wallonia
Coaching entrepreneurship in Wallonia (15/01/2016)

An ESF-backed project helps unemployed people in Belgium to set up their own companies.

Social enterprise in Romania
Social enterprise in Romania (15/01/2016)

A new online platform has been launched to promote social enterprises in Romania.

Boost for lifelong academic learning
Boost for lifelong academic learning (15/01/2016)

The University of Education in the German city of Karlsruhe plans to launch a project to promote lifelong academic learning with support from the ESF and the Baden-Württemberg Science Ministry.

Training for civil servants in Malta
Training for civil servants in Malta (07/01/2016)

A series of training exercises have been organised to help civil servants on the island deliver better services.

Innovative food recycling restaurant to open in Finland
Innovative food recycling restaurant to open in Finland (07/01/2016)

An ESF-backed project ‘From Waste to Taste’ plans to open a restaurant and food recycling centre in Helsinki using leftover supermarket items.

Preparing young Danes for work or school
Preparing young Danes for work or school (07/01/2016)

Sjælland (Zealand) in Denmark is launching a project to improve the educational and employment opportunities for young people in the region.

Adoption of remaining Spanish ESF programmes for 2014-2020
Adoption of remaining Spanish ESF programmes for 2014-2020 (21/12/2015)

The Commission has adopted the eleven remaining Operational Programmes (OP) for support from the ESF in Spain. All ESF OPs for the new period are now in place.

May the IT force be with you … in Luxembourg
May the IT force be with you … in Luxembourg (18/12/2015)

WebForce3, a new IT school opening in Luxembourg, will offer training opportunities for 90 new web developers.

Business loans for beginners
Business loans for beginners (18/12/2015)

ESF backs low-interest loans for novice entrepreneurs to help small businesses grow and create jobs in Lithuania.

Partners in Poland’s social economy
Partners in Poland’s social economy (18/12/2015)

Lower Silesia Voivodship is boosting the region’s ‘third sector’ with the help of ESF funding.

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.

Adoption of Spanish ESF programmes for Galicia, Cantabria and Foral de Navarra
Adoption of Spanish ESF programmes for Galicia, Cantabria and Foral de Navarra (14/12/2015)

Investments in the period 2014-2020 will contribute to reducing unemployment, improving education and fostering social inclusion

Estonia invests EU funds for high-yield results
Estonia invests EU funds for high-yield results (10/12/2015)

More than EUR 3.2 billion, including ESF funds, invested in Estonia during the 2007-2013 programming period.

Bringing social barriers down
Bringing social barriers down (10/12/2015)

Roma in Spain are finding work thanks to ESF funding and support.

Better job prospects in the Czech Republic
Better job prospects in the Czech Republic (10/12/2015)

Recently concluded ESF-backed projects provided training and new opportunities for Czech jobseekers, graduates and workers.

Dutch ESF award goes to youth project JONAS
Dutch ESF award goes to youth project JONAS (04/12/2015)

The project 'Jongeren aan de Slag' (JONAS) has won the Dutch ESF award 2015 for its successes in helping unemployed young people connect with employers and find work.

Creating new ‘homes’ in Bulgaria
Creating new ‘homes’ in Bulgaria (04/12/2015)

Three new residential centres for children have been established thanks to ESF funding.

New paths to employment in Denmark
New paths to employment in Denmark (04/12/2015)

The ESF is supporting targeted activities to secure work for 600 jobseekers in Jutland.

A second chance in France
A second chance in France (26/11/2015)

An ESF co-funded project offers traineeships to unemployed workers willing to make a career change.

Opening doors to learning for young refugees
Opening doors to learning for young refugees (26/11/2015)

The ESF is funding classes at a vocational school in the German town of Fürstenfeldbruck to prepare 60 young refugees for apprenticeships.

Connecting theory with practice
Connecting theory with practice (19/11/2015)

Thanks to an ESF-backed project, Slovakian construction workers gained first-hand experience and training in local businesses.

Women entrepreneurs creating start-ups
Women entrepreneurs creating start-ups (19/11/2015)

An ESF co-funded project in Italy creates opportunity for wool-manufacturers to set up their own company.

Supporting youth and innovation in Spain
Supporting youth and innovation in Spain (19/11/2015)

ESF-backed prize rewards innovative Spanish start-ups created by young entrepreneurs.

ESF programme for Rioja adopted
ESF programme for Rioja adopted (19/11/2015)

ESF investments in the Spanish region of Rioja will focus on promoting entrepreneurship, reducing unemployment and combating social exclusion

New approaches to help immigrants find employment
New approaches to help immigrants find employment (13/11/2015)

An ESF co-funded project will bring immigrant jobseekers and employers together to boost internationalisation efforts in Finnish companies.

Opening paths to employment in UK
Opening paths to employment in UK (13/11/2015)

A new ESF-backed project has been launched to help people in Lisburn and Castlereagh to start their own business or find new jobs and training opportunities.

ESF programme for Asturias adopted
ESF programme for Asturias adopted (13/11/2015)

The main focus of investments in the Spanish Principality of Asturias is on reducing unemployment, especially amongst long term unemployed and other disadvantaged groups

Modernising vocational education in Małopolskie Voivodship
Modernising vocational education in Małopolskie Voivodship (12/11/2015)

More than 75 000 Polish vocational training students have benefited from extra support to get into the labour market thanks to an ESF-backed project.

ESF programme for Castilla y León adopted
ESF programme for Castilla y León adopted (11/11/2015)

The main focus of investments in the Spanish region of Castilla y León is on bringing people into jobs and raising the skills level of the workforce

Playfully developing a career game plan
Playfully developing a career game plan (06/11/2015)

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.

Putting young jobseekers first
Putting young jobseekers first (06/11/2015)

The ESF has earmarked SEK 16 million (EUR 1.7 million) to fund the 'Prioett' (Priority One) project, which helps young people from the Swedish town of Landskrona into work.

More hands-on training for Estonian apprentices
More hands-on training for Estonian apprentices (06/11/2015)

ESF investment of more than EUR 25 million to boost vocational training in Estonia.

Better prepared for a changing labour market
Better prepared for a changing labour market (30/10/2015)

The ESF has set aside more than PLN 15 million (EUR 3.5 million) to mitigate the negative effects of Poland’s changing economy.

Promover o desenvolvimento social para combater a pobreza
Promover o desenvolvimento social para combater a pobreza (30/10/2015)

A parceria e o desenvolvimento social são fundamentais para o sucesso do programa CLDS-3G na região portuguesa de Ribeira de Pena, que visa combater o desemprego, a pobreza e o envelhecimento da população.

Easing transition of migrant children into school
Easing transition of migrant children into school (30/10/2015)

A primary school in the German city of Puchheim is helping migrant children make a smooth transition into school. The ESF will now fund a part-time teaching position to support these efforts.

Public service jobs for over 45s in Palma, Spain
Public service jobs for over 45s in Palma, Spain (23/10/2015)

Palma’s Council has hired 58 new employees over 45 thanks to the ESF-funded project 'Job Placement Income'. They will work as educators, administrators, painters, etc. for the local authorities and government.

Training and practical workshops for Slovakian youth workers
Training and practical workshops for Slovakian youth workers (23/10/2015)

The Praktik project has trained almost 200 youth professionals and volunteers from the Prešov Region in coaching, mentoring, experience-based learning and team work.

Over €283 million of EU funds for inclusive growth in Italy
Over €283 million of EU funds for inclusive growth in Italy (22/10/2015)

Investments to address refugee crisis and strengthen the public administration in Southern Italy

Operational Programme for Calabria adopted
Operational Programme for Calabria adopted (21/10/2015)

More than € 2.3 billion investment for growth and jobs

More motivated and well-trained young workforce in Slovenia
More motivated and well-trained young workforce in Slovenia (16/10/2015)

A new project in Slovenia aims to identify vocational student’s individual needs to improve their traineeship experience.

Successful launch of new mobility programme
Successful launch of new mobility programme (16/10/2015)

Hundreds attended a single launch of the EU-funded ‘Adult Guarantee’ in Italy’s Lazio region. This popularity is expected to be repeated as the programme is rolled out across the country.

 Youngsters in Spain learn on the job
Youngsters in Spain learn on the job (16/10/2015)

‘Learning while working’, an ESF-funded project managed by the Red Cross and Gipsy Foundation, is giving young Spaniards who are unemployed, undereducated or working in the black economy a fresh start.

Italian project wins RegioStars award
Italian project wins RegioStars award (14/10/2015)

The ESF-financed project "Diritti a scuola" from Puglia, addressing young people and families from disadvantaged backgrounds, has been honoured in the category Inclusive growth

Fighting addiction and social exclusion with a cup of coffee
Fighting addiction and social exclusion with a cup of coffee (09/10/2015)

ALIAT, a Romanian NGO focused on addiction treatment and prevention, has opened “Café Therapy” – an alcohol-free and non-smoking coffee bar that employs people from disadvantage groups and sells products made in other social enterprises.

Faster access to work for migrant healthcare professionals
Faster access to work for migrant healthcare professionals (09/10/2015)

The council and municipalities of Uppsala County in Sweden are planning to join forces in a new ESF-backed project to speed up the training and licensing process for migrant healthcare professionals.

New funding, new programmes
New funding, new programmes (02/10/2015)

Cyprus gets funding for new programmes for the long-term unemployed.

Vienna to set up college for 1000 young refugees
Vienna to set up college for 1000 young refugees (02/10/2015)

The Austrian capital Vienna is planning to establish a part ESF-funded college for young refugees aged between 15 and 21 to ease their transition into the regular education and vocational training system.

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

Advisory service for jobseekers back in operation
Advisory service for jobseekers back in operation (24/09/2015)

Since the beginning of September, the partly ESF-funded job info point (PIE) in the French commune of Saint-Denis-lès-Bourg has resumed its support service for jobseekers and those in professional training.

Preventing apprentices from dropping out
Preventing apprentices from dropping out (24/09/2015)

Study reveals that counselling and support can prevent young people from dropping out of their apprenticeships – proof that the ESF-backed project ‘Bleib dran’ (Keep going) in the German city of Bremen is on the right track.

Setting young people on the right career path
Setting young people on the right career path (24/09/2015)

A new ESF-funded project Polku X is about to be launched in the Finnish city of Tampere in a bid to help young people at risk of exclusion find a foothold in the employment market or return to education.

A boost for science and knowledge transfer
A boost for science and knowledge transfer (17/09/2015)

The Italian Region of Abruzzo and the National Laboratories of Gran Sasso have successfully collaborated to stimulate knowledge transfer and interest in the sciences, according to recently presented results of two ESF-backed projects.

Helping young and long-term unemployed people
Helping young and long-term unemployed people (17/09/2015)

Estonia has earmarked ESF funds to the tune of EUR 24.4 million to improve the employability of young jobseekers, as well as the long-term unemployed.

Opening up new perspectives
Opening up new perspectives (17/09/2015)

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.

Better services for small communities
Better services for small communities (11/09/2015)

The Czech Republic is boosting cooperation – and encouraging joint services – between local communities.

ESF programme for England adopted
ESF programme for England adopted (11/09/2015)

Programme will provide support to over 2,3 million persons, with particular attention to disadvantaged groups and young people

Go-getting graduates
Go-getting graduates (11/09/2015)

Greece is deploying ESF financial support to capitalise on the business potential of its highly-qualified young people.

The ‘plus side’ of social businesses
The ‘plus side’ of social businesses (11/09/2015)

An innovative drop-in centre in Denmark goes one step further … it’s a growing social business in its own right.

Additional support for the long-term unemployed
Additional support for the long-term unemployed (03/09/2015)

As part of a new ESF-backed federal funding programme to reduce long-term unemployment in Germany, the job centre of the Erzgebirgekreis – a district in the Free State of Saxony – will receive EUR 10.2 million.

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.

Better quality management, qualifications for EAFA
Better quality management, qualifications for EAFA (03/09/2015)

The Executive Agency for Fisheries and Aquaculture (EAFA) in Bulgaria is carrying out two ESF-funded projects to improve administrative quality management and its employees’ professional qualifications.

Volunteering opens doors to the employment market
Volunteering opens doors to the employment market (03/09/2015)

The ESF-funded project ‘Creation and Development of a Volunteering Community’ has just come to a successful close, having helped more than 500 unemployed young people in Lithuania take their first steps towards a career.

Tackling unemployment on the Canary Islands
Tackling unemployment on the Canary Islands (28/08/2015)

The Canary Islands Employment Service (SCE) will invest EUR 2.2 million in projects to help immigrants, people suffering from social exclusion, and those with disabilities to find work.

Preparing mechanics for the hybrid cars of the future
Preparing mechanics for the hybrid cars of the future (28/08/2015)

As electric and hybrid cars are becoming more popular in Finland, a project co-financed by the ESF is preparing mechanics to work in this promising sector of the automotive industry.

The ‘Power of Togetherness’
The ‘Power of Togetherness’ (28/08/2015)

An ESF-funded project in Croatia has launched a volunteering campaign to lend a helping hand to the elderly in the town of Buzet.

Adoption of Spanish ESF programmes for Basque country and Autonomous Cities Ceuta and Melilla
Adoption of Spanish ESF programmes for Basque country and Autonomous Cities Ceuta and Melilla (27/08/2015)

Investments in the period 2014-2020 will contribute to reducing unemployment, improving education and fostering social inclusion

Stepping up the fight against youth unemployment
Stepping up the fight against youth unemployment (20/08/2015)

The labour office of the Podkarpackie Voivodeship in Poland has launched a call for project proposals to fight youth unemployment.

‘Give, help, respect’ to keep children in school
‘Give, help, respect’ to keep children in school (20/08/2015)

The Hunedoara County School Inspectorate and the Diocese of Deva in Romania have joined forces in the ESF project ‘Give, help, respect’ to tackle early school leaving.

Enhancing employment prospects for young jobseekers
Enhancing employment prospects for young jobseekers (20/08/2015)

The Italian region of Liguria Region will invest ESF funds to the tune of EUR 14 million in vocational training courses for young jobseekers over 24 years old.

ESF programme for Murcia adopted
ESF programme for Murcia adopted (18/08/2015)

Investments will contribute to reducing unemployment, improving education and fostering social inclusion

Swedish Programme for community-led local development adopted
Swedish Programme for community-led local development adopted (17/08/2015)

The programme is focused on strengthening the entrepreneurship in local areas of development as well as enhancing the employment rate in SME

Commission adopts operational programme for Puglia in Italy
Commission adopts operational programme for Puglia in Italy (17/08/2015)

The programme aims to boost economic growth and enhance social investment in line with the Europe 2020 targets for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth

Adoption of Spanish programme for social inclusion and social economy
Adoption of Spanish programme for social inclusion and social economy (12/08/2015)

1.1 billion euros to support social inclusion and social economy

Fresh start for school dropouts
Fresh start for school dropouts (24/07/2015)

One year after launch, more than 100 young school dropouts have accepted the support of the ESF-funded platform PSAD in the French agglomeration communities of Lens-Liévin and Hénin-Carvin.

Boosting job prospects of Roma in Spain
Boosting job prospects of Roma in Spain (24/07/2015)

Roma women in Extremadura, Spain, have successfully completed a training course to boost their employability as part of the ESF-funded project ‘Acceder’.

From convict to cook
From convict to cook (24/07/2015)

Inmates in seven Slovak prisons can now train as cooks in the framework of an ESF-backed project to improve their employment prospects after being released.

Hungarian ESF programme for better public administration adopted
Hungarian ESF programme for better public administration adopted (23/07/2015)

Investments of early 1 billion euros to increase the efficiency of public administration in Hungary

ESF programme for Campania adopted
ESF programme for Campania adopted (22/07/2015)

Investments will contribute to promoting Italy's ability to achieve the key EU and national development priorities

A boost for social inclusion
A boost for social inclusion (17/07/2015)

The second edition of the ESF-funded project ‘Polis’ helped 50 mentally disabled and socio-economically disadvantaged people improve their chances on the employment market. Half of the participants have now found a job – 17 of them with a permanent contract.

Putting students’ digital skills to the test
Putting students’ digital skills to the test (17/07/2015)

An ESF-funded project has challenged students in Slovakia to take part in the Digital Olympics, an online educational challenge.

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.

Operational programme for Italian region of Molise adopted
Operational programme for Italian region of Molise adopted (15/07/2015)

Investments aim at creating growth and jobs by boosting innovation and competitiveness, and improving the regional system of research and development

Operational Programme for the development of Italian metropolitan cities
Operational Programme for the development of Italian metropolitan cities (15/07/2015)

Newly adopted programme addresses urban sustainability, digital services and combating social exclusion

Over 1.2 billion for research and innovation in the southern regions of Italy
Over 1.2 billion for research and innovation in the southern regions of Italy (15/07/2015)

Operational programme adopted by the Commission

ESF and UK National Lottery join forces against poverty
ESF and UK National Lottery join forces against poverty (10/07/2015)

The European Social Fund and the UK National Lottery have pledged GBP 14 million (EUR 19.7 million) to tackle poverty and unemployment in the city of Leicester and the surrounding county.

Social workers upgrade skills
Social workers upgrade skills (10/07/2015)

An ESF-backed project which gave over 750 social workers and caregivers the opportunity to boost their professional skills has now come to a successful close in the Czech town of Otrokovice.

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

Commission approves operational programme for Bolzano in Italy
Commission approves operational programme for Bolzano in Italy (08/07/2015)

ESF funding in the Autonomous Province of Bolzano supports employment for women and disadvantaged groups to promote social inclusion and growth

ESF support for youths produces results
ESF support for youths produces results (03/07/2015)

Between 2009 and 2014, the ESF helped over 145 000 unemployed young people in the Netherlands improve their chances on the employment market, according to a study by the Dutch statistical office.

Latvia to set up community-based social services
Latvia to set up community-based social services (03/07/2015)

In a drive to provide more support for people with mental disabilities and children in care, Latvia has announced a deinstitutionalisation and social service reform.

Making learning science fun
Making learning science fun (03/07/2015)

ESF funds have allowed more than 200 students from two schools in the Polish town of Ostróda to dabble in robot design and programming over two years.

Tailoring polytechnic studies to market needs
Tailoring polytechnic studies to market needs (26/06/2015)

Croatia is launching a new ESF-funded drive to develop higher education standards for polytechnic courses in collaboration with employers.

Retraining workers in former industry hotspots
Retraining workers in former industry hotspots (26/06/2015)

Some 560 industrial workers are set to benefit from retraining opportunities offered by an ESF-funded project in three industrial regions in Romania.

Preparing the maritime workforce of the future
Preparing the maritime workforce of the future (26/06/2015)

The Danish Growth Forum for the Capital region ‘Vækstforum Hovedstaden’ and the ESF have earmarked DKK 20 million (EUR 2.7 million) for a three-year project to counter the impending skilled labour shortage in the maritime industry.

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.

Kick-starting an international career
Kick-starting an international career (18/06/2015)

The successful ESF-backed INOV contacto programme has helped some 5000 unemployed young people from Portugal obtain a traineeship abroad to launch their international career.

Breaking down barriers to employment
Breaking down barriers to employment (18/06/2015)

An ESF-funded project in the German-speaking Community of Belgium is promoting the integration of the long-term unemployed into the labour market.

Competence centres set to solve skilled labour shortage
Competence centres set to solve skilled labour shortage (18/06/2015)

The Federation of Tradesmen (Fédération des Artisans, FdA) in Luxembourg will set up competence centres with support from the ESF to provide training and counter the continuing shortage of skilled labour.

A boost for handicapped jobseekers
A boost for handicapped jobseekers (12/06/2015)

An ESF-funded project to help jobseekers with disabilities and reduced work capacity in Hajdú-Bihar County (eastern Hungary) is now coming to a close.

Youth business project yields results
Youth business project yields results (12/06/2015)

A partly ESF-funded youth business project in Slovenia has attracted over 600 young people in the past two years. More than half of them have so far been successful in finding a job or creating their own business.

Creating childcare places for social inclusion
Creating childcare places for social inclusion (12/06/2015)

Estonia has earmarked EUR 4.9 million, partly funded by the ESF, for projects to set up nearly 1000 new childcare places and services for children up to the age of seven.

Investment programme adopted to boost innovation and growth in the region of Prague
Investment programme adopted to boost innovation and growth in the region of Prague (11/06/2015)

Specific programme for capital city designed to adequately address the urban challenges faced by Prague

Greening employment
Greening employment (05/06/2015)

A new ESF-funded programme with a clear focus on not only employment, but employment in the context of environment and climate protection has now been launched in Germany.

Successful youth employment scheme to continue
Successful youth employment scheme to continue (05/06/2015)

The Welsh government has renewed its commitment to the successful Jobs Growth Wales scheme, which will receive financial support out of ESF and government funds for another three years.

Lithuanian project to help thousands of unskilled people
Lithuanian project to help thousands of unskilled people (05/06/2015)

Some 1600 unskilled jobseekers have already obtained professional qualifications since the ESF-funded project ‘Improving competencies of unskilled people’ started in August 2014.

Commission adopts ESF operational programme for Gibraltar
Commission adopts ESF operational programme for Gibraltar (01/06/2015)

The British overseas territory of Gibraltar will target ESF investments at young jobseekers, the long-term unemployed and those currently outside the system

Second Chance School makes dreams come true
Second Chance School makes dreams come true (22/05/2015)

An ESF-funded school in Patras, Greece, helps adult learners to catch up on missed school qualifications.

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

Lesser Poland invests heavily in young people
Lesser Poland invests heavily in young people (22/05/2015)

The province of Lesser Poland has set aside PLN 100 million (EUR 24.6 million), co-financed by the ESF, to support young jobseekers.

Mentoring young offenders to transform lives
Mentoring young offenders to transform lives (22/05/2015)

The partly ESF-funded youth justice organisation Le Chéile in Ireland is hoping to extend its services to reach more young offenders with its newly-launched strategy for 2015 to 2017 ‘Inspiring Change, Transforming Lives’.

2.7 billion euro to promote education and research in the Czech Republic
2.7 billion euro to promote education and research in the Czech Republic (18/05/2015)

ESF and ERDF investments to support national efforts to strengthen the education system as contribution to smart, sustainable and inclusive growth

Job creation improves efficiency, reduces downtime
Job creation improves efficiency, reduces downtime (08/05/2015)

Creating new jobs leads to greater efficiency, flexibility and satisfaction among employees, plus it reduces downtime. These are the results of five ESF-funded pilot projects conducted in the Netherlands.

Career support for immigrant mothers
Career support for immigrant mothers (08/05/2015)

A new ESF-funded project is helping mothers with an immigrant background to launch their professional career in Germany.

Job club for young people in Zagreb launched
Job club for young people in Zagreb launched (08/05/2015)

A local community initiative has now presented a new ESF-supported project, which aims to boost youth employment in the city of Zagreb, Croatia.

Czech ESF programme for employment and inclusion adopted
Czech ESF programme for employment and inclusion adopted (07/05/2015)

ESF investments in the Czech Republic to support employment, fight poverty and improve public administration

Drumming up support for unemployed youths
Drumming up support for unemployed youths (30/04/2015)

The music school ‘We are music’ based in Harwich (UK) has now launched a new ESF-backed project to help unemployed young people gain a foothold in the employment market.

Getting children out of institutions
Getting children out of institutions (30/04/2015)

The Bulgarian government has renewed its commitment to improving the living conditions of children and has set aside ESF funds and reinforced measures to get children out of orphanages and other institutions.

Trades offer way out of long-term unemployment
Trades offer way out of long-term unemployment (30/04/2015)

The Czech NGO ‘Vzájemné soužití’ is organising trade qualification and retraining courses for the long-term unemployed in the east of the Czech Republic. The partly ESF-funded project mainly targets Roma.

Loire region to test Youth Guarantee
Loire region to test Youth Guarantee (24/04/2015)

Some 715 disadvantaged young jobseekers from France’s Loire region will benefit from special support in the framework of the ESF-funded Youth Guarantee over the next 12 months.

Project for school dropouts comes to close
Project for school dropouts comes to close (24/04/2015)

Nearly 300 students participated in the ESF-backed Swedish project ‘Plug In Västerbotten’, which aimed to reduce the number of dropouts from secondary school.

Support for young people and disadvantaged groups expanded
Support for young people and disadvantaged groups expanded (24/04/2015)

The part-ESF-funded project ‘Bestis’ has been expanded and will continue until the end of 2016 to help young people and disadvantaged groups find employment.

Second chance for school dropouts
Second chance for school dropouts (17/04/2015)

The ESF-funded project ‘Gradua2’ offers young people over 18 from Valladolid (Spain) a new opportunity to graduate from high school.

Science/SME exchange to give competitive edge
Science/SME exchange to give competitive edge (17/04/2015)

In an ESF-funded drive to increase the competitiveness of local SMEs, employees of universities and businesses in the Polish region of Małopolska are turning back the clock and becoming trainees.

Traditional craft to help foster social inclusion
Traditional craft to help foster social inclusion (17/04/2015)

A new ESF-backed project aims to promote the social inclusion of Roma in the Romanian commune of Vad in Cluj County with the help of the ancient craft of wicker making.

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.

93 employment projects get green light
93 employment projects get green light (02/04/2015)

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.

Additional language classes for refugees to boost integration
Additional language classes for refugees to boost integration (02/04/2015)

Thanks to ESF funding, the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate will offer twice as many German language and orientation classes for refugees than in 2014, bringing the total up to 80.

Positive results for employment project in Spain
Positive results for employment project in Spain (02/04/2015)

The ESF-funded project Proeisol helped 250 jobseekers find employment in Badajoz, Spain, with 64% of project participants entering the healthcare sector.

A future in employment for young people
A future in employment for young people (27/03/2015)

An ESF-funded project in the framework of the Youth Guarantee scheme is aiming to boost employment in Middle Norrland, North Middle Sweden and South Sweden.

Wielkopolska vocational education programme picks up award
Wielkopolska vocational education programme picks up award (27/03/2015)

The project ‘Time for professionals – vocational education in Wielkopolska’ has been awarded the title ‘Best human capital investment 2014’ in the latest edition of the national Polish competition ‘Best ESF practices’.

Caretaker training for jobseekers ends successfully
Caretaker training for jobseekers ends successfully (27/03/2015)

An ESF-funded training for caretakers organised by the Regional Association of Vocational Training (AREP) of Fourmies in the North of France opens up new job prospects to its 14 alumni.

A LEAP for the socially disadvantaged
A LEAP for the socially disadvantaged (19/03/2015)

A new social development centre has just opened its doors in the village of Xewkija on Gozo Island, Malta.

Green building project comes to successful close
Green building project comes to successful close (19/03/2015)

The ESF-funded project ‘Green District’ has now presented its results in creating a network for exchanging good practices and training in the construction sector in the Italian Province of Prato.

ESF project to step up public service quality
ESF project to step up public service quality (19/03/2015)

The Slovenian Ministry of Public Administration has launched a new ESF-backed project to modernise public services, increase their efficiency and cut operating costs.

Future-proofing farms
Future-proofing farms (12/03/2015)

Greece is offering farmers the latest know-how from agricultural innovation.

Renewed funds for successful integration project
Renewed funds for successful integration project (12/03/2015)

The social integration project ‘La Ferme’ in the Belgian municipality of Comines-Warneton has been awarded ESF-funds to continue its work.

Second chance for older jobseekers
Second chance for older jobseekers (12/03/2015)

Over the past 18 months, the partly ESF-funded project Second Success has helped 25 residents of Torfaen County Borough in Wales re-enter the employment market.

Industrial painting… a stroke of luck for jobseekers
Industrial painting… a stroke of luck for jobseekers (06/03/2015)

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.

Formalising professional skills acquired non-formally
Formalising professional skills acquired non-formally (06/03/2015)

Some 221 people from all over Bulgaria have formalised their professional skills acquired outside of formal education and training at the Vocational School of Fashion Design in Veliko Tarnovo.

Music for inclusion
Music for inclusion (06/03/2015)

The Musical Talent Centre in the small Hungarian village of Felsőörs offers 60 disadvantaged young Roma per year the chance to develop their musical talent.

Commission adopts Hungarian programme for employment and social cohesion
Commission adopts Hungarian programme for employment and social cohesion (03/03/2015)

Investment programme will increase the human capital and improve the social environment in Hungary

Adoption of the ESF Operational programme for Malta
Adoption of the ESF Operational programme for Malta (03/03/2015)

ESF investments will promote employment and social inclusion, improve the education system and enhance the efficiency of the public administration

ESF-funds secure training for Maltese nurses
ESF-funds secure training for Maltese nurses (27/02/2015)

A new partly ESF-funded project has been launched in Malta to provide nurses at St. Vincent de Paul home for the elderly with up-to-date training.

New employment opportunities in recycling
New employment opportunities in recycling (27/02/2015)

A recently initiated ESF project in Romania is tackling employment and environmental issues in one go.

Educating the educators for better Roma inclusion
Educating the educators for better Roma inclusion (27/02/2015)

A total of 2706 teachers, psychologists and tutors at 200 Slovakian primary school have so far completed training programmes intended to foster the inclusion of marginalised Roma communities. A further 1500 will follow suit before the end of the ESF-funded project in October 2015.

ESF programme for Cyprus adopted
ESF programme for Cyprus adopted (25/02/2015)

Investments will help Cyprus address challenges like high unemployment, in particular among youth, and social exclusion

ESF programme Human Capital for Romania adopted
ESF programme Human Capital for Romania adopted (25/02/2015)

New programme represents an important source of investment in employment, education, the fight against poverty and support for social services

ESF Operational programme for Ireland adopted
ESF Operational programme for Ireland adopted (25/02/2015)

Investments will focus on getting people back into jobs and on creating opportunities for young people and disadvantaged groups

ESF programme adopted to boost administrative capacity in Romania
ESF programme adopted to boost administrative capacity in Romania (25/02/2015)

Investments will address the persistent shortcomings in Romania's public administration and improve the functioning of the judiciary through support to structural reforms

Commission adopts the programme for governance and institutional capacity in Italy
Commission adopts the programme for governance and institutional capacity in Italy (24/02/2015)

By helping the country to develop its administrative and institutional capacity, the operational programme will contribute to Italy’s overall objective of achieving smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.

Negócio social para revitalizar o fabrico de sabão tradicional em Coimbra
Negócio social para revitalizar o fabrico de sabão tradicional em Coimbra (19/02/2015)

Um novo projeto financiado pelo FSE alia a promoção do emprego juvenil ao fabrico de sabão tradicional em Coimbra, Portugal.

ESF programme for modernising public administration and judiciary in Bulgaria adopted
ESF programme for modernising public administration and judiciary in Bulgaria adopted (19/02/2015)

Investments will address challenges related to the efficiency of the administrations in providing quality, fast and affordable services for all groups of society

Bulgarian programme for science and education adopted
Bulgarian programme for science and education adopted (19/02/2015)

ESF investments will add significant value to the national education and social inclusion policies, addressing Bulgaria's challenges in education and training, including the provision of inclusive education

ESF helps bring business ideas to fruition
ESF helps bring business ideas to fruition (19/02/2015)

Thanks to the ESF-funded project ‘First business’, 38 small enterprises have set up shop in the city of Przemyśl and its environs in south-eastern Poland.

Jobseekers training hits the spot
Jobseekers training hits the spot (19/02/2015)

The part ESF-funded training plan ISLA for jobseekers in the Spanish province of Cáceres proves to be a success as 223 of its alumni find new employment.

Commission adopts the ESF operational programme for Mazowieckie in Poland
Commission adopts the ESF operational programme for Mazowieckie in Poland (16/02/2015)

Mazowieckie will use ESF funding to invest in sustainable and quality jobs for labour market mobility, social inclusion and the fight against poverty, as well as education and training to improve competences and skills in the work place.

Boost for NGOs to promote inclusion
Boost for NGOs to promote inclusion (13/02/2015)

A new partly ESF-funded project has been established in the Croatian city of Pula to build the capacities of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and promote social inclusion.

Commission adopts Hungary’s operational programme for territorial development
Commission adopts Hungary’s operational programme for territorial development (13/02/2015)

ESF funds support jobs, inclusion and anti-poverty measures to promote local economies and urban regeneration in Hungary.

Commission adopts the economic development operational programme for Hungary
Commission adopts the economic development operational programme for Hungary (13/02/2015)

Hungary targets higher employment with ESF funding, supporting low-skilled and young workers and a greater role for social enterprises.

Commission approves operational programme for Lower Saxony in Germany
Commission approves operational programme for Lower Saxony in Germany (13/02/2015)

The German region is investing in gender equality, job-related skills and social services to support a knowledge-based economy and an ageing population.

Commission approves operational programme for Swiętokrzyskie in Poland
Commission approves operational programme for Swiętokrzyskie in Poland (13/02/2015)

ESF investments target access to jobs and better education to make the region more competitive and increase living standards.

Commission approves operational programme for Małopolska in Poland
Commission approves operational programme for Małopolska in Poland (13/02/2015)

ESF spending in Małopolska focuses on employment, social inclusion, education and skills to support Poland’s goals for growth.

Commission adopts the operational programme for Województwa Lubelskiego in Poland
Commission adopts the operational programme for Województwa Lubelskiego in Poland (13/02/2015)

The ESF will focus on enhancing the region’s competitiveness by adapting and nurturing local skills and competences to promote inclusion and cohesion and boost the economy.

Commission approves operational programme for Podkarpackie Voivodeship in Poland
Commission approves operational programme for Podkarpackie Voivodeship in Poland (13/02/2015)

ESF investment targets social inclusion, job skills and education, supporting the region’s drive to be more competitive.

Commission approves operational programme for Zachodniopomorskiego in Poland
Commission approves operational programme for Zachodniopomorskiego in Poland (13/02/2015)

Job-related skills, equal opportunities and better educational outcomes are targeted, alongside measures for increasing social inclusion.

Commission adopts the operational programme for the Polish region of Pomorskie Voivodeship
Commission adopts the operational programme for the Polish region of Pomorskie Voivodeship (13/02/2015)

ESF funding will prioritise the promotion of sustainable and quality jobs in a mobile labour market, combating poverty and discrimination through social inclusion, and investing in education and training.

Commission adopts multi-fund programme for Warminsko-Mazurskie region in Poland
Commission adopts multi-fund programme for Warminsko-Mazurskie region in Poland (13/02/2015)

The Warminsko-Mazurskie region aims to boost growth and jobs through a focus on promoting employment opportunities and skills.

Commission adopts the operational programme for Podlaskiego in Poland
Commission adopts the operational programme for Podlaskiego in Poland (13/02/2015)

By increasing the rate of employment, labour mobility and entrepreneurship, ESF funding aims to make Podlaskiego’s economy more competitive and the region more socially inclusive.

Motivating youths to volunteer, study and work
Motivating youths to volunteer, study and work (13/02/2015)

Instilling self-confidence in young people is at the heart of the ESF-funded project ‘Trust in Yourself’, run by the Lithuanian employment agency since 2013.

Latvia facilitates access to administrative services
Latvia facilitates access to administrative services (13/02/2015)

A one-stop administrative service centre has now opened its doors in Latvia's capital Riga. It is the first of several centres to be created in the country as part of the ESF drive for better public services.

Commission adopts the operational programme for Central Hungary
Commission adopts the operational programme for Central Hungary (13/02/2015)

The comprehensive programme aims to further develop the Hungarian region and help boost its competitiveness while, at the same time, reducing socio-economic inequality and unemployment.

Mobilising jobseekers in eastern Netherlands
Mobilising jobseekers in eastern Netherlands (06/02/2015)

The region around the Dutch cities of Lochem and Zutphen will receive ESF funding to the tune of EUR 481 250 to help people who have been unemployed for more than six months back into paid work.

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.

Easing transition from university to employment
Easing transition from university to employment (06/02/2015)

The Slovenian government has announced a new part ESF-funded project to help young graduates in Slovenia make the transition from university to employment.

New push for growth and jobs
New push for growth and jobs (06/02/2015)

With ESF support the business development centre Væksthus Syddanmark will launch a new EUR 4 million initiative to further growth and job creation in the south of Denmark.

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.

Better services for citizens
Better services for citizens (29/01/2015)

Cyprus is improving the capacity of its public administration with the help of ESF funding.

New opportunities for university dropouts
New opportunities for university dropouts (29/01/2015)

The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research has launched a new round of part ESF-funded projects to spark university dropouts' interest in apprenticeships and vocational training.

Continued microcredit support ensured
Continued microcredit support ensured (29/01/2015)

Microcredits will continue in the French department of Haute-Vienne after the association Aleas renewed its agreement with its partners.

Career counselling expanded
Career counselling expanded (22/01/2015)

Thanks to ESF funding, the Estonian Unemployment Insurance Fund is now offering free career counselling to anybody interested.

Support for Roma children
Support for Roma children (22/01/2015)

The Romanian government has adopted a series of measures to foster the social inclusion of Roma children.

Incentives to boost job creation
Incentives to boost job creation (22/01/2015)

Greece offers financial support to new businesses that take on jobseekers.

Relatório da Comissão sublinha a importância dos novos empregos, das novas competências e da proteção social como motores do restabelecimento do emprego e do rendimento
Relatório da Comissão sublinha a importância dos novos empregos, das novas competências e da proteção social como motores do restabelecimento do emprego e do rendimento (19/01/2015)

As consequências e as lições extraídas da crise económica no domínio do emprego e do nível de vida são o tema do último relatório intitulado «Employment and Social Developments in Europe» (Evolução do emprego e da situação social na Europa) publicado pela Comissão em 15 de janeiro.

Brandenburg invests in fight against illiteracy
Brandenburg invests in fight against illiteracy (16/01/2015)

The German state of Brandenburg has launched a new programme to help fight illiteracy in adults.

Maltese study examines classroom ‘shared reading’
Maltese study examines classroom ‘shared reading’ (16/01/2015)

Teachers' own attitudes towards shared reading largely determine their practices in the classroom, a part ESF-funded study finds.

Self-employment opens up career opportunities for women
Self-employment opens up career opportunities for women (16/01/2015)

The part ESF-funded Business Support Programme for Women (PAEM) has offered entrepreneurial guidance to more than 2150 women in the Spanish city of Ciudad Real since its inception in 2000.

French youths get taste of work in Poland
French youths get taste of work in Poland (09/01/2015)

ESF funds have enabled 30 young people from the Midi-Pyrénées region to gain two months of work experience in the Polish city of Zielona Góra.

Brixton prison bakery to expand
Brixton prison bakery to expand (09/01/2015)

The ESF-funded Bad Boys’ Bakery in Brixton Prison (London) may soon double its inmate workforce, the BBC reports.

Boosting youth employment in Piedmont
Boosting youth employment in Piedmont (09/01/2015)

The Piedmont region offers over 300 work placements for young people in the framework of the ESF-funded Youth Guarantee.

Commission adopts operational programme for French Guiana
Commission adopts operational programme for French Guiana (24/12/2014)

The overseas region of Guiana will target ESF investments at young jobseekers and school dropouts, the long-term unemployed and people facing exclusion.

Commission adopts operational programme for the French overseas region of Mayotte
Commission adopts operational programme for the French overseas region of Mayotte (24/12/2014)

Mayotte will use ESF funding to boost skills among the unqualified, the poorly-qualified and young people with the aim of boosting employment and growth.

Commission adopts multi-fund programme for Martinique, France
Commission adopts multi-fund programme for Martinique, France (24/12/2014)

Young people and the low-skilled will be the main beneficiaries of ESF investments in Martinique.

Commission adopts operational programme for Lorraine in France
Commission adopts operational programme for Lorraine in France (24/12/2014)

Lifelong learning, training, qualifications and young jobseekers are at the forefront of Lorraine’s ESF investment plans aimed at helping the region reach its Europe 2020 targets.

A Comissão adota programa operacional para a região de Lisboa, em Portugal
A Comissão adota programa operacional para a região de Lisboa, em Portugal (23/12/2014)

Entre as principais prioridades do FSE para a região, o desenvolvimento de um mercado de trabalho sustentável e dotado de mobilidade, a promoção da inclusão social e o investimento na educação e formação assumem especial importância.

Commission adopts ESF operational programme for Sardinia
Commission adopts ESF operational programme for Sardinia (23/12/2014)

Education and young jobseekers are at the heart of Sardinia’s ESF investment plans which target better and more relevant skills among its workforce.

Commission adopts ESF operational programme for Sicily, Italy
Commission adopts ESF operational programme for Sicily, Italy (23/12/2014)

ESF investment in Sicily is targeting education, skills and social inclusion with the aim of achieving sustainable and inclusive growth.

Commission approves operational programme for Abruzzo in Italy
Commission approves operational programme for Abruzzo in Italy (23/12/2014)

Abruzzo is focusing ESF investment on employment, with education and social inclusion initiatives supporting growth that benefits more of the region’s population.

Commission adopts the operational programme for Guadeloupe and St Martin
Commission adopts the operational programme for Guadeloupe and St Martin (23/12/2014)

The ESF aims to help jobseekers in the French overseas territory of Guadeloupe and St Martin improve their chances of finding work, and to raise standards in the public employment service.

Commission adopts multi-fund operational programme for Guadeloupe
Commission adopts multi-fund operational programme for Guadeloupe (23/12/2014)

The French oversees territory of Guadeloupe aims to boost employability among jobseekers and youth through higher qualifications and training in work-related skills.

Commission adopts the operational programme for Guyana
Commission adopts the operational programme for Guyana (23/12/2014)

The ESF will invest in education and training in the French overseas territory of Guyana to ensure that workforce competences and skills are adapted to the labour market and public and socio-economic requirements.

Commission approves operational programme for Marche in Italy
Commission approves operational programme for Marche in Italy (23/12/2014)

Jobseekers and people excluded from the labour market are the principal beneficiaries of ESN funding in Marche, promoting growth and social inclusion.

Commission adopts operational programmes for seven Polish regions
Commission adopts operational programmes for seven Polish regions (23/12/2014)

ESF funding in Poland will help the regions to address the key structural challenges they face in employment, education, health and social inclusion.

Commission adopts Italian ESF operational programme for social inclusion
Commission adopts Italian ESF operational programme for social inclusion (23/12/2014)

Better and more accessible public services for the most disadvantaged groups is central to Italy’s ESF strategy for social inclusion.

Commission adopts ESF programme for French overseas department of Martinique
Commission adopts ESF programme for French overseas department of Martinique (23/12/2014)

Martinique’s ESF programme targets higher employment, supported by education and social inclusion measures that are guided by local development strategies.

Operational Programme for the Ile-de-France and the Inter-basin of the Seine
Operational Programme for the Ile-de-France and the Inter-basin of the Seine (23/12/2014)

Investments in Ile-de-France will address education, training, social inclusion of marginalized communities, support for most fragile regions and SMEs, as well as environmental issues

Commission adopts ESF operational programme for Friuli Venezia Giulia in Italy
Commission adopts ESF operational programme for Friuli Venezia Giulia in Italy (23/12/2014)

Italy’s Friuli Venezia Giulia region is directing training, education and better social services at jobseekers and disadvantaged groups for social inclusion and growth.

Commission adopts ESF operational programme for Réunion
Commission adopts ESF operational programme for Réunion (23/12/2014)

The Isle of Réunion will focus ESF spending on its more disadvantaged groups with the aim of improving skills and employability.

Commission adopts the operational programme for Slovenia
Commission adopts the operational programme for Slovenia (22/12/2014)

The wide-ranging programme will prioritise investment in determining the country’s growth potential, encouraging economic development and prosperity, and identifying disparities across the two regions.

A Comissão adota programa operacional multifundos para a região da Madeira, em Portugal
A Comissão adota programa operacional multifundos para a região da Madeira, em Portugal (22/12/2014)

A região da Madeira irá utilizar fundos do FSE para fomentar o emprego, a inclusão social e o seu sistema de ensino, a fim de incentivar o crescimento e a coesão e cumprir as metas da UE.

A Comissão adota programa operacional para a região dos Açores, em Portugal
A Comissão adota programa operacional para a região dos Açores, em Portugal (22/12/2014)

No âmbito do programa operacional multifundos para a região dos Açores, o FSE visa promover o acesso à educação, à aprendizagem ao longo da vida, à formação e ao emprego.

A Comissão adota programa operacional para a região do Algarve, em Portugal
A Comissão adota programa operacional para a região do Algarve, em Portugal (22/12/2014)

O investimento do FSE na região do Algarve está a apoiar a criação de emprego, a formação, a educação e a inclusão social a fim de fortalecer a economia da região.

A Comissão adota programa operacional para a região Centro de Portugal
A Comissão adota programa operacional para a região Centro de Portugal (22/12/2014)

Durante a vigência do programa, o FSE centrar-se-á principalmente no reforço da economia regional, no desenvolvimento sustentável e na coesão interna através de medidas inovadoras de promoção da educação, formação e emprego de maior qualidade e socialmente útil.

A Comissão adota programa operacional para a região Norte de Portugal
A Comissão adota programa operacional para a região Norte de Portugal (22/12/2014)

A região Norte de Portugal está a investir fundos do FSE em projetos locais e regionais de educação, formação e emprego a fim de incentivar o crescimento sustentável e inclusivo.

A Comissão adota programa operacional multifundos para a região do Alentejo, em Portugal
A Comissão adota programa operacional multifundos para a região do Alentejo, em Portugal (22/12/2014)

O Alentejo vai investir fundos do FSE para melhorar a educação, aumentar a taxa de emprego das pessoas que se defrontam com obstáculos e apoiar a inclusão social.

Commission adopts the ESF operational programme for North Rhine-Westphalia in Germany
Commission adopts the ESF operational programme for North Rhine-Westphalia in Germany (22/12/2014)

The operational programme for North Rhine-Westphalia will tackle the employment, social and demographic challenges facing the region.

Commission adopts operational programme for Poitou-Charentes in France
Commission adopts operational programme for Poitou-Charentes in France (22/12/2014)

The Poitou-Charentes region is promoting entrepreneurship and training to boost employment, particularly among women and poorly-qualified workers.

Commission adopts the operational programme for Corsica in France
Commission adopts the operational programme for Corsica in France (22/12/2014)

The Corsica region must help jobseekers, both young and old, to become better qualified and equipped to fill the growing number of vacancies being created by those reaching retirement age.

Commission adopts national and multi-fund investment programmes for Greece
Commission adopts national and multi-fund investment programmes for Greece (22/12/2014)

The three national programmes adopted, reinforced by 13 tailored strategic regional programmes – based on proposals from the regions themselves – will strengthen Greece’s efforts to exit the economic crisis.

Commission adopts multi-fund programme for Picardy, France
Commission adopts multi-fund programme for Picardy, France (22/12/2014)

Picardy is targeting young people in its ESF operational programme, as well as general skills among the wider workforce.

Commission adopts the operational programme for Autonoma di Trento, Italy
Commission adopts the operational programme for Autonoma di Trento, Italy (22/12/2014)

ESF funding in the Autonoma di Trento region supports higher employment for young people, women and disadvantaged groups to promote social inclusion and growth.

Commission adopts multi-fund programme for Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur in France
Commission adopts multi-fund programme for Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur in France (22/12/2014)

ESF spending in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region is targeted primarily at its young people, whether qualified, unqualified or facing difficult circumstances.

Commission adopts multi-fund programme for the Pays de la Loire region, France
Commission adopts multi-fund programme for the Pays de la Loire region, France (22/12/2014)

School students, young jobseekers, the poorly-qualified and older workers are targeted by the Loire region’s ESF strategy to meet employment needs.

Commission adopts the ESF operational programme for Rhineland-Palatinate in Germany
Commission adopts the ESF operational programme for Rhineland-Palatinate in Germany (21/12/2014)

Rhineland-Palatinate will focus on job creation, social inclusion, education and lifelong learning to boost economic growth and help the region remain competitive in the face of economic and demographic challenges ahead.

Commission adopts operational programme for Åland
Commission adopts operational programme for Åland (21/12/2014)

Finland’s autonomous region of Åland is investing ESF funds in education, job skills and social inclusion to boost youth employment, equality and economic diversity.

Commission adopts the operational programme for Basilicata in Italy
Commission adopts the operational programme for Basilicata in Italy (21/12/2014)

The ESF programme in Italy’s Basilicata region promotes sustainable employment and growth, with a focus on young people, women and disadvantaged groups.

Commission adopts ESF operational programme for Lombardy in Italy
Commission adopts ESF operational programme for Lombardy in Italy (21/12/2014)

Lombardy’s ESF programme will provide a broad range of support to improving employment in the region, with a focus on persuading school students to stay on and get qualified.

Commission adopts ESF operational programme for the Valle d’Aosta region in Italy
Commission adopts ESF operational programme for the Valle d’Aosta region in Italy (19/12/2014)

Valle d’Aosta is using ESF funding to target education, social inclusion and employment as drivers for future growth.

Commission adopts ESF operational programme for Scotland
Commission adopts ESF operational programme for Scotland (19/12/2014)

ESF spending in Scotland will take innovative approaches to boosting qualifications and employment, and reducing poverty.

Work(ing) for you
Work(ing) for you (19/12/2014)

In the French city of Lyon, an ESF-funded project promotes the integration of Roma with great success.

Commission adopts ESF programme for the region of Brussels
Commission adopts ESF programme for the region of Brussels (19/12/2014)

ESF investments in Brussels address the important socio-economic challenges of the region and support in particular young people and disadvantaged persons

A Comissão adota um programa operacional multifundos para Portugal
A Comissão adota um programa operacional multifundos para Portugal (19/12/2014)

O investimento do FSE impulsionará as competências e qualificações, aumentando simultaneamente a possibilidade de as autoridades públicas apoiarem o crescimento e o emprego.

Commission adopts multi-fund operational programme for Haute Normandie in France
Commission adopts multi-fund operational programme for Haute Normandie in France (19/12/2014)

Poorly-qualified jobseekers, especially the young, are the target of Haute Normandie’s investment in qualifications and lifelong learning for inclusive, smart growth.

OP for Greek public administration reform adopted
OP for Greek public administration reform adopted (19/12/2014)

ESF investment will contribute significantly to making the Greek public administration one of the key pillars for the recovery of the country through the enhancement of its effectiveness and efficiency

Commission adopts multi-fund programme for Limousin region in France
Commission adopts multi-fund programme for Limousin region in France (19/12/2014)

Limousin will use ESF spending to implement innovative approaches to boosting skills, in particular among the least qualified jobseekers in the region.

Commission adopts ESF operational programme for Alsace
Commission adopts ESF operational programme for Alsace (19/12/2014)

The Alsace region in France will use ESF funding to boost education, skills and qualifications; as well as supporting new enterprises and the social economy.

Commission adopts the operational programme for Italy’s Piemonte region
Commission adopts the operational programme for Italy’s Piemonte region (19/12/2014)

Investment and growth are driving ESF funding in Piemonte, where the focus is on improving training, promoting social inclusion and finding a better work-life balance.

New opportunities, new jobs
New opportunities, new jobs (19/12/2014)

Thanks to an ESF-backed project, some 3000 unemployed people in Lithuania can benefit from free training to qualify for professions currently in demand.

Commission adopts the ESF operational programme for Brandenburg in Germany
Commission adopts the ESF operational programme for Brandenburg in Germany (19/12/2014)

Brandenburg will use ESF funding to support sustainable employment and mobility, promote social inclusion and invest in education and training to boost skills and lifelong learning.

Commission adopts multi-fund operational programme for Brittany in France
Commission adopts multi-fund operational programme for Brittany in France (19/12/2014)

Brittany will use ESF spending to focus on education and training in order to boost skills levels across the region.

Commission adopts ESF operational programme for Lazio in Italy
Commission adopts ESF operational programme for Lazio in Italy (18/12/2014)

Young people and marginalised groups are the focus of Lazio’s targets for employment, access to childcare and other services, and education.

ESF programme
ESF programme "Knowledge Education Development" for Poland adopted (18/12/2014)

The Polish ESF OP addresses key structural challenges in the fields of employment, social inclusion, health, education and public administration

Greek Operational Programme
Greek Operational Programme "Human Resources" adopted (18/12/2014)

ESF investments in Greece will address the impact of the prolonged recession, particularly in employment, as well as education, skills and life-long learning

Commission adopts the operational programme for Umbria in Italy
Commission adopts the operational programme for Umbria in Italy (18/12/2014)

Investment and growth are driving ESF funding in Umbria, where the focus is on improving training, promoting social inclusion and finding a better work-life balance.

Commission adopts the programme for investment and growth in Tuscany in Italy
Commission adopts the programme for investment and growth in Tuscany in Italy (18/12/2014)

By reinforcing labour market policy, the ESF in Tuscany will support job creation by giving workers the education and skills they need.

Commission adopts multi-fund programme for mainland of Finland
Commission adopts multi-fund programme for mainland of Finland (18/12/2014)

ESF investment in Finland will target jobs, education and social inclusion in order to raise overall workforce skills and help more people onto the labour market.

ESF Operational Programme adopted for Luxembourg
ESF Operational Programme adopted for Luxembourg (18/12/2014)

The ESF invests in education, training and vocational training and aims to reduce overall unemployment rates, and particularly youth unemployment rates

ESF and YEI programme for Croatia adopted
ESF and YEI programme for Croatia adopted (18/12/2014)

Operational programme to boost employment, education, social inclusion and public administration reform

ESF: Italian Operational Programme
ESF: Italian Operational Programme "Employment" adopted (18/12/2014)

EUR 2.2 billion for more and better jobs, with an emphasis on young jobseekers

Commission adopts ESF Operational Programme for improved education in Italy
Commission adopts ESF Operational Programme for improved education in Italy (18/12/2014)

Over EUR 3 billion are invested in education as a key element for growth and jobs

A Comissão adota programa do FSE para o capital humano em Portugal
A Comissão adota programa do FSE para o capital humano em Portugal (18/12/2014)

O ensino, a formação e as qualificações constituem o foco do programa operacional do FSE para o capital humano em Portugal, promovendo o crescimento e a inclusão social.

Commission adopts ESF operational programme for Northern Ireland
Commission adopts ESF operational programme for Northern Ireland (18/12/2014)

More and better skills is the main objective of Northern Ireland’s ESF programme which targets young people and the disadvantaged in particular.

Commission adopts operational programme for Nord-Pas de Calais
Commission adopts operational programme for Nord-Pas de Calais (17/12/2014)

Nord-Pas de Calais’ operational programme is promoting higher qualifications, job-related skills and apprenticeships to tackle unemployment and social exclusion.

Commission adopts ESF operational programme for Liguria in Italy
Commission adopts ESF operational programme for Liguria in Italy (16/12/2014)

ESF spending in Liguria will focus on employability, equal opportunities and helping young people make the transition from education into high-quality jobs.

Commission adopts the ESF operational programme for Veneto in Italy
Commission adopts the ESF operational programme for Veneto in Italy (16/12/2014)

Veneto will invest ESF funding in education and training to help people find and keep work, while increasing social inclusion.

Commission adopts ESF operational programme for Emilia-Romagna in Italy
Commission adopts ESF operational programme for Emilia-Romagna in Italy (16/12/2014)

Emilia-Romagna will invest ESF funding in measures to boost the skills and employability of its more disadvantaged citizens.

Spanish ESF and Youth Employment Initiative OP adopted
Spanish ESF and Youth Employment Initiative OP adopted (15/12/2014)

Programme invests €2.8 billion to tackle youth unemployment in Spain

OP for Wallonia and the Wallonia-Brussels Community of Belgium adopted
OP for Wallonia and the Wallonia-Brussels Community of Belgium adopted (15/12/2014)

ESF spending focuses on improved education and training, and better chances for young people and those facing multiple obstacles to finding work.

ESF makes a difference
ESF makes a difference (12/12/2014)

A project for young people facing difficulties entering the labour market wins the yearly ESF award in the Netherlands.

Commission adopts multi-fund programme for Estonia
Commission adopts multi-fund programme for Estonia (12/12/2014)

ESF funding for education, employment, healthcare and social services is part of a comprehensive investment in Estonia for growth and social inclusion.

Commission adopts multi-fund programme for Lower Normandy
Commission adopts multi-fund programme for Lower Normandy (12/12/2014)

Lower Normandy in France is targeting ESF investment on raising the skill levels of its most poorly-qualified citizens.

Eat, drink, empower!
Eat, drink, empower! (12/12/2014)

Thanks to an ESF-funded project, people with disabilities are opening a café in the Czech region of Carlsbad.

Getting back on track
Getting back on track (12/12/2014)

Thanks to an ESF project in Hungary, a total of 120 homeless people were helped to restart their lives.

Commission adopts multi-fund operational programme for Midi-Pyrénées and Garonne in France
Commission adopts multi-fund operational programme for Midi-Pyrénées and Garonne in France (12/12/2014)

ESF spending plans in the Midi-Pyrénées and Garonne region will target education, training and qualifications as pathways into work.

Two ESF programmes for Wales adopted
Two ESF programmes for Wales adopted (11/12/2014)

Two ESF programmes aim to add value to wider investment objectives so that together they can support sustainable jobs and growth in Wales

Commission adopts ESF programme for Berlin
Commission adopts ESF programme for Berlin (11/12/2014)

Germany’s capital city will focus ESF spending on education and training, as well as social inclusion with women, migrants and young people as the main targets.

A Comissão adota programa do FSE para a inclusão social em Portugal
A Comissão adota programa do FSE para a inclusão social em Portugal (11/12/2014)

Os jovens e as pessoas em risco de exclusão e pobreza estão no centro do programa do FSE para a inclusão social em Portugal.

Commission adopts
Commission adopts "Human Resources" OP for Slovakia (11/12/2014)

The European Commission has adopted the Slovakian Operational Programme "Human Resources" for the implementation of the European Social Fund (ESF), the Youth Unemployment Initiative (YEI) and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) in the period 2014-2020.

Commission adopts ESF operational programme for the German-speaking Community in Belgium
Commission adopts ESF operational programme for the German-speaking Community in Belgium (10/12/2014)

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.

Commission adopts the ESF programme for Saxony-Anhalt in Germany
Commission adopts the ESF programme for Saxony-Anhalt in Germany (09/12/2014)

The operational programme for ESF spending in Saxony-Anhalt has a strong focus on helping disadvantaged groups improve their job prospects.

ESF programme for Sweden adopted
ESF programme for Sweden adopted (08/12/2014)

The European Commission has adopted the Swedish Operational Programme for the implementation of the European Social Fund (ESF) in the period 2014-2020.

Commission adopts multi-fund operational programme for Champagne-Ardenne region in France
Commission adopts multi-fund operational programme for Champagne-Ardenne region in France (08/12/2014)

The operational programme targets education and training opportunities that are aligned with the region’s changing jobs and business environment.

Professional diving in La Réunion
Professional diving in La Réunion (05/12/2014)

Six young SCUBA divers were hired to work on the construction of a new coastal road on the French island of Réunion. Their training was financed by the ESF.

Ajudar novas empresas a nascer
Ajudar novas empresas a nascer (05/12/2014)

Um projeto financiado pelo FSE em Portugal ajuda pessoas desempregadas a iniciarem o seu próprio negócio.

Creating jobs for the right profiles
Creating jobs for the right profiles (05/12/2014)

Both businesses and jobseekers receive support from an ESF-funded project in Finland.

Commission adopts the operational programme for Bourgogne
Commission adopts the operational programme for Bourgogne (04/12/2014)

Bourgogne will focus ESF funding on improving the skills and qualifications of poorly-qualified or marginalised jobseekers, with high-quality apprenticeships a priority.

Commission adopts multi-fund programme for the Centre region in France
Commission adopts multi-fund programme for the Centre region in France (04/12/2014)

France’s Centre region will focus ESF spending on raising skills and qualifications and improving the employability of its young people.

Commission adopts ESF public administration programme for Slovakia
Commission adopts ESF public administration programme for Slovakia (03/12/2014)

The programme ensures investment in strengthened institutional capacity and effectiveness as well as an effective judicial system and increased law enforceability.

Commission adopts the operational programme for Auvergne in France
Commission adopts the operational programme for Auvergne in France (02/12/2014)

Auvergne is using ESF funding to boost employment by supporting new businesses and helping poorly-qualified jobseekers ¬improve their skills and qualifications.

ESF programme for Austria adopted
ESF programme for Austria adopted (01/12/2014)

On 28 November, the European Commission has adopted the Austrian Operational Programme for the implementation of the European Social Fund (ESF) in the period 2014-2020.

Commission adopts first ESF operational programme for Bulgaria
Commission adopts first ESF operational programme for Bulgaria (28/11/2014)

The ESF in Bulgaria is looking to generate more jobs and inclusiveness while reducing poverty, in order to reach its employment and social goals for 2020.

Commission adopts ESF programme for Flanders in Belgium
Commission adopts ESF programme for Flanders in Belgium (28/11/2014)

The Flemish ESF operational programme will complement national and regional measures aimed at boosting employment and social inclusion.

Commission adopts the operational programme for Franche-Comté and Jura
Commission adopts the operational programme for Franche-Comté and Jura (28/11/2014)

ESF investment in Franche-Comté and Jura focuses on improving skills and qualifications to support job creation in the local economy.

Commission adopts the operational programme for Aquitaine in France
Commission adopts the operational programme for Aquitaine in France (28/11/2014)

Aquitaine will use ESF funding to boost youth skills and employment, reduce university drop-out rates and spread the spirit of entrepreneurship wider.

Youth apprenticeship advice
Youth apprenticeship advice (27/11/2014)

In the German town of Ulm, young people from immigrant families can get free advice on trade or commercial apprenticeships, thanks to an ESF project.

Commission adopts the operational programme for Languedoc-Roussillon in France
Commission adopts the operational programme for Languedoc-Roussillon in France (27/11/2014)

ESF spending in Languedoc-Roussillon is targeting youth work skills, job-related skills and lifelong learning to increase employment.

Commission adopts operational programme for the Rhône-Alpes in France
Commission adopts operational programme for the Rhône-Alpes in France (27/11/2014)

ESF investment in the Rhône-Alpes seeks employment growth in the face of particular demographic and economic challenges.

Giving start-ups a chance
Giving start-ups a chance (27/11/2014)

Entrepreneurs that struggle to secure loans from the bank can get microloans through an ESF-funded project in the Belgian city of Antwerp.

Commission adopts ‘support and coordination’ programme for France
Commission adopts ‘support and coordination’ programme for France (27/11/2014)

France’s national-level Europ’Act programme will ensure better outcomes for the many regional programmes, including in overseas departments and territories.

Commission adopts ESF programme for Saxony
Commission adopts ESF programme for Saxony (21/11/2014)

Saxony is targeting ESF funding at its education system in order to boost opportunities for all and ensure a strong skills-base for the future.

Extra classes, extra opportunities
Extra classes, extra opportunities (21/11/2014)

Secondary school students in the Polish city of Siemianowice can get free extracurricular classes in an ESF-funded project.

Skills to boost business
Skills to boost business (20/11/2014)

Birmingham SMEs can get free maths and English training for their employees.

Commission adopts ESF programme for Saarland
Commission adopts ESF programme for Saarland (20/11/2014)

The ESF operational programme for Saarland in Germany will devote more than half of its investments to the area of social inclusion.

Open access to legal texts
Open access to legal texts (20/11/2014)

An ESF-funded web portal makes up-to-date national legislation available to Romanian citizens and businesses.

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.

Commission adopts Latvia’s operational programme
Commission adopts Latvia’s operational programme (17/11/2014)

Latvia’s multi-fund operational programme targets ESF funding at a more competitive and fairer economy with higher employment

Nova ferramenta para uma maior igualdade de género no FSE
Nova ferramenta para uma maior igualdade de género no FSE (17/11/2014)

A European Community of Practice on Gender Mainstreaming (Comunidade Europeia de Práticas sobre a Integração das Questões de Género, GenderCoP) desenvolveu uma ferramenta destinada a melhorar a qualidade e a eficácia dos processos dos Fundos Estruturais a nível da UE e dos Estados-Membros, através do fornecimento de explicações claras sobre os requisitos do FSE e exemplos de boas práticas sobre como alcançar a igualdade de género em todos os ciclos do FSE.

Commission adopts ESF programme for Bremen
Commission adopts ESF programme for Bremen (17/11/2014)

Bremen is investing ESF funding to mobilise a larger and better skilled workforce by reaching out to unemployed and disadvantaged groups.

Mental coaching: a score for young people
Mental coaching: a score for young people (14/11/2014)

Belgium’s KRC Genk football club offers its mental coaching professionals to unemployed people in an ESF-funded project.

On the road to employment
On the road to employment (14/11/2014)

Over 100 people found a job or a training course thanks to an ESF project in the Swedish towns of Avesta and Hedemora.

Courage to remove barriers
Courage to remove barriers (06/11/2014)

An ESF-funded project supports the transformation of social care for people with disabilities in Slovakia.

Bolsas de estágio na área marinha
Bolsas de estágio na área marinha (06/11/2014)

O Observatório Oceânico da Madeira concede bolsas de estágio financiadas pelo FSE.

Supporting the social economy
Supporting the social economy (06/11/2014)

Thanks to ESF funding, representatives of the NGO sector can get free management training in the Polish area of Ostrołęka.

Coaching to ‘move forward’
Coaching to ‘move forward’ (31/10/2014)

Unemployed or part-time workers offered free coaching in an ESF-funded project in the UK.

Matching jobs with people
Matching jobs with people (31/10/2014)

In the Dutch region of Drechtsteden, young people are guided in their career choices by professional “matchmakers”.

Putting energy into training
Putting energy into training (31/10/2014)

Thanks to an ESF-funded training course, families in the Italian province of Pesaro can get free energy assessment of their homes.

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.

Commission adopts the ESF operational programme for Hessen
Commission adopts the ESF operational programme for Hessen (29/10/2014)

The ESF operational programme (OP) takes a particular focus on helping disadvantaged people get into work and combating social exclusion

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.

Commission adopts the ESF programme for Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in Germany
Commission adopts the ESF programme for Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in Germany (27/10/2014)

The ESF operational programme for Mecklenburg-Vorpommern has a clear focus on its young people and solutions to demographic challenges

The Commission adopts the ESF operational programme for Bavaria
The Commission adopts the ESF operational programme for Bavaria (27/10/2014)

Bavaria’s ESF programme is boosting its workforce by focusing on skills and opportunities for those from peripheral groups such as the young, old or excluded

Basic skills for all
Basic skills for all (24/10/2014)

In Austria, an ESF-funded initiative offers free literacy courses for adults and helps them finish compulsory education.

New possibilities for the future
New possibilities for the future (24/10/2014)

ESF funding enables people to obtain different professional qualifications in the Bulgarian town of Kyustendil.

Creating space for growth
Creating space for growth (24/10/2014)

An ESF-funded project seeks to create growth by offering courses to entrepreneurs in Denmark.

Federal ESF programme for Germany adopted
Federal ESF programme for Germany adopted (21/10/2014)

The European Commission has today adopted the German federal Operational Programme for the implementation of the ESF in the period 2014-2020.

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.

Jobs for the young
Jobs for the young (16/10/2014)

In Cyprus, unemployed young people can benefit from an ESF-funded work placement scheme.

Commission adopts ESF programme for Hamburg
Commission adopts ESF programme for Hamburg (16/10/2014)

The city of Hamburg is deploying ESF funding to ensure it has the skilled, qualified and inclusive workforce the future demands

Women starting up
Women starting up (16/10/2014)

Motivating women to start their own business is the main objective of an ESF-funded project in the Czech Republic.

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.

Dublin’s Italian side
Dublin’s Italian side (10/10/2014)

Italian high school students can become true Europeans... in Ireland.

Adoption of the operational programme for metropolitan France
Adoption of the operational programme for metropolitan France (10/10/2014)

The European Commission has today adopted the French national Operational Programme for the implementation of the ESF in mainland France in the period 2014-2020.

ICT skills for better healthcare
ICT skills for better healthcare (10/10/2014)

An ESF-funded project provides free ICT training to healthcare professionals in Poland.

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.

Commission adopts the ESF operational programme for Baden-Württemberg
Commission adopts the ESF operational programme for Baden-Württemberg (07/10/2014)

Baden-Württemberg in Germany designs its ESF operational programme to meet the employment and economic challenges the region is facing

Commission adopts the ESF operational programme for Thuringia in Germany
Commission adopts the ESF operational programme for Thuringia in Germany (06/10/2014)

With an emphasis on local solutions to local problems, the ESF operational programme (OP) in Thuringia addresses the region’s particular economic and demographic challenges

Catching the big fish together
Catching the big fish together (03/10/2014)

Thanks to ESF-funding, future Czech fishermen can go to Poland to practice their skills.

Active and qualified women
Active and qualified women (03/10/2014)

An ESF project will provide job training for 800 women in four different regions in Romania.

From farm to work
From farm to work (03/10/2014)

In the Finnish town of Forssa, an ESF co-funded project finds work placements at farms for unemployed people.

Restoring labour opportunities
Restoring labour opportunities (25/09/2014)

In the French town of Logny-lès-Aubenton, the church is being restored as part of an ESF-funded labour insertion project.

Books for the blind
Books for the blind (25/09/2014)

A library for blind and visually impaired people recently opened its doors in Ljubljana.

Redes de aprendizagem do FSE: uma experiência de aprendizagem transnacional eficaz
Redes de aprendizagem do FSE: uma experiência de aprendizagem transnacional eficaz (24/09/2014)

O relatório final de avaliação da eficácia, da eficiência e da pertinência das redes de aprendizagem do FSE foi publicado em 3 de julho. Apesar de poderem ser melhoradas, as redes demonstraram ser um conjunto de fóruns valiosos para o intercâmbio de ideias, competências e abordagens inovadoras, como confirma o relatório.

Schleswig-Holstein launches ESF operational programme
Schleswig-Holstein launches ESF operational programme (23/09/2014)

The Schleswig-Holstein region in Germany has launched its European Social Fund programme for the period 2014-2020, aimed at skills and inclusion and tailored to local circumstances

Lithuania opts for combined operational programme
Lithuania opts for combined operational programme (23/09/2014)

Lithuania launches a multi-fund operational programme (OP) that concentrates on key drivers for competitiveness

Integration through language courses
Integration through language courses (19/09/2014)

A pilot project in Germany seeks to prepare asylum seekers for the labour market.

Adoption of ESF Operational Programme for the Netherlands
Adoption of ESF Operational Programme for the Netherlands (19/09/2014)

The Commission has adopted the Dutch national Operational Programme for the implementation of the ESF in the period 2014-2020. This programme outlines the priorities and objectives to spend over 1 billion euros (of which over 500 million from the EU budget) contributing to strengthening economic growth and jobs in all Dutch regions.

Sharing opportunities online
Sharing opportunities online (19/09/2014)

In the Croatian city of Osijek, people with disabilities can use a new web portal to find a job.

Beautiful professions
Beautiful professions (19/09/2014)

Riga’s style and fashion school offers ESF-funded vocational training programmes to Latvian youth.

Boosting development through research and innovation
Boosting development through research and innovation (11/09/2014)

In the Spanish region of Aragón, young researchers and established research groups will benefit from nearly €5 million in the coming years.

Investment in young people and new business
Investment in young people and new business (11/09/2014)

A six-month job placement for unemployed youth, and funding for start-up companies: an ESF co-funded job creation scheme in Wales sets an example for others.

Building capacities for the most vulnerable
Building capacities for the most vulnerable (11/09/2014)

ESF funding in the Czech region of Ústecký will be used to help school students and people with disabilities to find a job.

Guarantee for Greek youth
Guarantee for Greek youth (05/09/2014)

ESF support for new youth employment programme launched in Greece

Regaining hope and energy
Regaining hope and energy (05/09/2014)

An ESF project in the Netherlands enables young people to find a job despite the economic crisis.

Special help for special needs
Special help for special needs (05/09/2014)

In Lithuania, students with disabilities will receive a scholarship thanks to the European Social Fund.

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.

Extra skills for success
Extra skills for success (28/08/2014)

A project in Northern Ireland is helping people acquire the extra skills they need to successfully set out on their chosen career paths.

Enhancing employability in Murcia
Enhancing employability in Murcia (28/08/2014)

Next year, in the Spanish region of Murcia, 1600 people will be able to participate in ESF co-funded courses and workshops.

Life after lock-up
Life after lock-up (28/08/2014)

Hungarian prison inmates can now train to become professional gardeners.

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.

Better administration
Better administration (07/08/2014)

A district in Bulgaria is offering training to boost the skills of its public administrators

Hands-on career guidance
Hands-on career guidance (07/08/2014)

Romanian school students are getting better prepared for their career choices with visits to future workplaces

Adoption of ESF Operational Programme for Denmark
Adoption of ESF Operational Programme for Denmark (04/08/2014)

The Commission has adopted today the Danish national Operational Programme for the implementation of the ESF in the period 2014-2020. This programme outlines the priorities and objectives to spend 400 million euros (of which over 200 from EU budget) contributing to strengthening economic growth in all Danish regions.

Incubating ideas
Incubating ideas (01/08/2014)

In Paris the Agoranov incubator is helping turn R&D ideas into successful businesses

Work in fashion
Work in fashion (01/08/2014)

In Italy fashion students are getting the communications skills that count with ESF support

Foi adotado o acordo de parceria com Portugal
Foi adotado o acordo de parceria com Portugal (30/07/2014)

Em 30 de julho de 2014, a Comissão adotou um acordo de parceria com Portugal, abrindo caminho a 7,5 mil milhões de euros (preços correntes) em financiamento do Fundo Social Europeu nos próximos sete anos.

Capital de arranque social
Capital de arranque social (25/07/2014)

Em Portugal, um projeto do FSE para combater o desemprego ajuda a criar 50 microempresas

‘Linking In’ in Ireland
‘Linking In’ in Ireland (25/07/2014)

A new service in Ireland is helping workers return to work after absence caused by illness

School business
School business (25/07/2014)

In Slovenia, school students are getting the chance to acquire entrepreneurial skills through a new ESF project

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.

Recycling IT equipment as job training
Recycling IT equipment as job training (18/07/2014)

In the Spanish Canary Island of Tenerife, an ESF co-funded project collects and fixes broken computers

Croatia boosts employment services
Croatia boosts employment services (18/07/2014)

An ESF project in Croatia aims to modernise employment services to help jobseekers

Selling skills
Selling skills (18/07/2014)

A practical training course in Belgium has given jobseekers a set of saleable skills

YEI programme for Italy adopted
YEI programme for Italy adopted (11/07/2014)

The European Commission has adopted today the national Operational Programme for the implementation of the Youth Employment Initiative (YEI) in Italy.

External internships
External internships (11/07/2014)

An ESF transnational internship project has given young Germans the chance to experience different working cultures

More inclusion and independence
More inclusion and independence (11/07/2014)

ESF co-funds a project in Croatia to improve the social services on offer to young people

Bankable skills
Bankable skills (11/07/2014)

An ESF project in the UK is helping jobseekers to invest in a personal skills portfolio

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

The face of the ESF
The face of the ESF (07/07/2014)

A competition in Germany brought forward personal stories of how the ESF successfully helped people to become (re-)integrated into working life

Over the finish line
Over the finish line (04/07/2014)

In Austria, the exam success of apprentices is being boosted with made-to-measure help

Seeking out those in need
Seeking out those in need (04/07/2014)

An ESF project in Sweden is helping young participants to find work or study opportunities

Focused approach
Focused approach (04/07/2014)

Romania launches an ESF project which focuses on Roma employability and inclusion

A pearl of a project
A pearl of a project (26/06/2014)

In France, the ESF-supported PERLE project is successfully helping the homeless into accommodation and jobs

Cost-effective job creation
Cost-effective job creation (26/06/2014)

ESF funding has helped to create new jobs in a business guidance project in Finland

Picking winners
Picking winners (26/06/2014)

ESF funding is encouraging the creation of innovative companies in Lithuania

Better legal language
Better legal language (23/06/2014)

A new court-interpreter training course in Finland will give a boost to the justice system

Schools with skills
Schools with skills (23/06/2014)

An ESF school-based project in Poland has equipped many young people with job-related skills

Supporting immigrant families
Supporting immigrant families (23/06/2014)

In Italy, a new ESF project aims to boost the inclusion of young second-generation immigrants

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.

Working for youth
Working for youth (13/06/2014)

The ESF co-funded Youth4Work project in Luxembourg has already helped 60 young jobseekers

New skills bring new opportunities
New skills bring new opportunities (13/06/2014)

Charleroi invests in the skills of women to improve employability

Sigrid’s success
Sigrid’s success (13/06/2014)

In Sweden, an ESF project to help the long-term unemployed ends with success

Licensed to skill
Licensed to skill (06/06/2014)

An ESF co-funded technology centre for school students aims to boost interest in science

Ilhas de talento
Ilhas de talento (06/06/2014)

O FSE apoia novos cursos de formação profissional nos Açores (Portugal) destinados a aumentar as aptidões

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.

Digital diplomas
Digital diplomas (28/05/2014)

Jobseekers in Spain are getting IT skills to support culture and heritage

Fair chances for all
Fair chances for all (28/05/2014)

An award-winning jobs fair in Latvia sees many vacancies on offer

A better start online
A better start online (27/05/2014)

An online training platform in Germany is bringing young people and employers together

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.

Realizações do FSE 2007-2012: síntese final
Realizações do FSE 2007-2012: síntese final (21/05/2014)

A Comissão Europeia publicou uma avaliação por peritos das realizações do Fundo Social Europeu (FSE) ao longo do período de 2007-2012. Elaborado por uma rede de peritos de todos os Estados-Membros, o relatório consiste numa síntese das principais conclusões contidas nos relatórios por país sobre a revisão das avaliações nacionais, combinada com informações dos relatórios anuais de execução do FSE.

A home for hope
A home for hope (16/05/2014)

In Bulgaria, a new project is improving the quality of life for disabled children

Aprender em Lisboa
Aprender em Lisboa (16/05/2014)

Jovens polacos estudantes de hotelaria obtêm certificados internacionais em Portugal graças a um projeto do FSE

Sustainability on the menu
Sustainability on the menu (16/05/2014)

A city-farm and restaurant project in Flanders is putting its own home-grown produce on the menu

Enabling learning
Enabling learning (09/05/2014)

‘Disability is not an obstacle to study’ is the motto of a new ESF project in Lithuania

Training programme extended
Training programme extended (09/05/2014)

Estonia is making more ESF funding available for adult education and training

A guarantee for youth
A guarantee for youth (09/05/2014)

In the Italian Alps young people are getting a helping hand to enter the regional job market

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.

Adoção do primeiro acordo de parceria
Adoção do primeiro acordo de parceria (05/05/2014)

A Comissão Europeia adotou o primeiro de 28 «acordos de parceria» que definem as estratégias a implementar nos Estados-Membros e regiões da UE relativamente aos Fundos Estruturais e de Investimento Europeus.

A helping hand in the Tyrol
A helping hand in the Tyrol (02/05/2014)

Social enterprises in the Tyrol region are building bridges into the labour market with ESF help

An inclusive cuisine
An inclusive cuisine (02/05/2014)

A restaurant in Brittany is helping immigrant women to integrate better

A recipe for Roma integration
A recipe for Roma integration (02/05/2014)

With ESF support the first Roma restaurant opens in Slovenia

Adult learners
Adult learners (25/04/2014)

A union and university partnership helps students develop skills and work opportunities

Finer Finnish skills
Finer Finnish skills (25/04/2014)

In Finland, immigrant entrepreneurs are being helped with focused language training

Healthcare with foresight
Healthcare with foresight (25/04/2014)

In Slovakia, the ESF is promoting specific medical specialisation training to avoid future shortages

Top teachers
Top teachers (11/04/2014)

Slovak school wins prize for the most successful implementation of an EU project

Reaching out to young Roma
Reaching out to young Roma (11/04/2014)

In Plovdiv, the ESF is helping to convince young Roma of the opportunities that educational qualifications can offer them

Providing a safety net
Providing a safety net (11/04/2014)

In Finland, an ESF project is targeting the social inclusion of young people and promoting the rehabilitation of ex-offenders

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.

Enabling IT skills
Enabling IT skills (04/04/2014)

A project in Poland is giving disabled people the chance to acquire valuable IT skills

Hands-on graduates
Hands-on graduates (04/04/2014)

Universities in Slovakia are offering more practical training to students with the help of companies

Entrepreneurship camp
Entrepreneurship camp (04/04/2014)

Umbria offers opportunities to potential young entrepreneurs in an ESF-supported ‘creativity camp’

Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall wins RegioStars award 2014
Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall wins RegioStars award 2014 (01/04/2014)

Top Chef Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall has won an award at the Europe wide RegioStars 2014 in the ‘Inclusive growth: Creating jobs for the young generation' category.

Individual approaches that work
Individual approaches that work (27/03/2014)

A successful pilot project in Germany that focuses on individual help for the long-term unemployed is being expanded to the entire region

Service station skills
Service station skills (27/03/2014)

In Spain, an energy company is working with an NGO and the ESF to offer new opportunities to disabled jobseekers

Customised learning for at-risk students
Customised learning for at-risk students (27/03/2014)

A Danish school is using ESF help to encourage at-risk students to stay on and train for jobs

Tailored support for disabled jobseekers
Tailored support for disabled jobseekers (21/03/2014)

Ireland launches a new initiative to help people with disabilities get back into work

Networking in Nijkerk
Networking in Nijkerk (21/03/2014)

In the Netherlands, the ESF is supporting a networking project to help young jobseekers increase their chances

Parental leave and preparing for work
Parental leave and preparing for work (21/03/2014)

Using parental leave to prepare for a new career is at the heart of an ESF project in Brittany

Launching women entrepreneurs
Launching women entrepreneurs (21/03/2014)

Polish region launches project to help women entrepreneurs set up a business

From disability to ability
From disability to ability (13/03/2014)

An ESF project in Romania is helping people with disabilities to join the labour market

Developing young talent
Developing young talent (13/03/2014)

Slovenia deploys ESF funding to boost the employment of young people in electronic publishing and cultural and arts education

Grants to boost jobs
Grants to boost jobs (13/03/2014)

In Malta, 170 employers receive ESF employment-support grants to help provide jobs for disabled and unemployed people

Aurora Borealis lights the way
Aurora Borealis lights the way (07/03/2014)

“Never give up” is the motto of a Swedish ESF project aimed at the most disadvantaged jobseekers

Taking the bus to work
Taking the bus to work (07/03/2014)

In Denmark, 86 jobseekers wave goodbye to unemployment and get back into a job as bus drivers.

Home-grown skills
Home-grown skills (07/03/2014)

Entrepreneurs in Latvia can get much-needed skilled personnel by training unemployed people themselves

Great ideas from the Great Plains
Great ideas from the Great Plains (27/02/2014)

Hungary is using ESF funding to support young entrepreneurs and their new start-ups

Extending opportunities to youth
Extending opportunities to youth (27/02/2014)

Cyprus launches a jobs initiative to give 5000 graduates and young jobseekers valuable work experience

Fitting in fine
Fitting in fine (27/02/2014)

A German ESF programme is offering internships to young jobseekers from abroad

Roma on the beat
Roma on the beat (24/02/2014)

In the Czech Republic Roma assistants are helping the police connect better to local communities

Acting through civil society
Acting through civil society (24/02/2014)

The ESF in Croatia helps fund a series of new projects for disadvantaged groups

First career steps
First career steps (24/02/2014)

In Bucharest an ESF project has been helping graduates move from education into employment

Scotland boosts college places
Scotland boosts college places (14/02/2014)

Scotland is investing GBP 13 million (EUR 15 million) in new college places in areas that are in particular demand by employers

Skills from Spacelabs
Skills from Spacelabs (14/02/2014)

In Vienna, a programme for young people is encouraging them to get formal qualifications as well as practical skills

Mightier Aphrodite
Mightier Aphrodite (14/02/2014)

The ESF in Cyprus is investing in capacity building in its municipal and community leaders

Back to work more quickly
Back to work more quickly (07/02/2014)

A rehabilitation project that helps patients to return quickly to work wins an ESF award

Academic agents
Academic agents (07/02/2014)

In Denmark, an ESF project is helping highly qualified job-seekers into work with local businesses

Including young people
Including young people (07/02/2014)

An ESF project promoting the social inclusion of young people in Hungary has concluded with a final conference

FSE: medidas de sucesso para 2014-2020
FSE: medidas de sucesso para 2014-2020 (05/02/2014)

A conferência de lançamento do FSE, a realizar em Bruxelas nos dias 6 e 7 de fevereiro, analisará as políticas que o FSE poderá e deverá apoiar no âmbito das novas prioridades de investimento, bem como novos métodos de utilização do FSE.

Energising entrepreneurs
Energising entrepreneurs (29/01/2014)

A Spanish region gives local entrepreneurship a boost with tailored advisory services on how to develop bright ideas

From theory to practice
From theory to practice (29/01/2014)

In Poland, new university laboratories will help students practice their skills and prepare themselves for better jobs

Grants and help for jobseekers in Greece
Grants and help for jobseekers in Greece (29/01/2014)

Greece launches five employment initiatives to offer jobs and opportunities to jobseekers and entrepreneurs

Modular training to boost skills
Modular training to boost skills (24/01/2014)

New advisory centres in Slovakia are offering skill-boosting training programmes to help workers develop their careers

Motivated for career moves
Motivated for career moves (24/01/2014)

The Second Chance project in Germany is offering those who need it the opportunity to retrain for new professions and careers

Valuable visits
Valuable visits (24/01/2014)

Young Bulgarian researchers are getting the chance to sharpen their skills through visits to science centres abroad

An appetite for learning
An appetite for learning (16/01/2014)

In France, a vocational school is helping young drop-outs reconnect with education

Financiar mulheres com ideias
Financiar mulheres com ideias (16/01/2014)

Em Portugal, as mulheres empresárias estão a usar o financiamento de apoio ao arranque para tornar as suas ideias de negócio em realidade

Early integration
Early integration (16/01/2014)

Croatia implements an EU-funded programme for children with disabilities

Middle-aged measures
Middle-aged measures (16/01/2014)

The Lithuanian Labour Exchange launches measures for older jobseekers

Praises and prizes
Praises and prizes (10/01/2014)

Four neighbourhood social inclusion projects in France have received awards for their work

New blood for new businesses
New blood for new businesses (10/01/2014)

Greece launches programme to support youth entrepreneurship with an emphasis on innovation

Nurseries for nurses
Nurseries for nurses (10/01/2014)

In the Czech Republic, a hospital has set up a nursery school to help staff get back to work earlier

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).

Wales in work
Wales in work (19/12/2013)

An employment scheme for young people in Wales exceeds all expectations

Better businesswomen
Better businesswomen (19/12/2013)

In Sweden, a project for women entrepreneurs created 27 new jobs

Successful services for immigrants
Successful services for immigrants (19/12/2013)

A successful ESF immigrant support project is being proposed as a permanent service in Finland

LEAPing social barriers
LEAPing social barriers (19/12/2013)

Malta has launched a project to combat poverty and exclusion as part of social policy reforms

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.

“Não os podemos desiludir”
“Não os podemos desiludir” (13/12/2013)

Novo compromisso legal dos Estados-Membros para alcançar resultados tangíveis na inclusão das pessoas de etnia cigana

The ‘right stuff’ training
The ‘right stuff’ training (11/12/2013)

In France a creative approach is helping jobseekers build their self-confidence

University upgrade
University upgrade (11/12/2013)

The ESF is promoting ‘universities of the future’ in Romania with the latest IT technologies

Training takes off
Training takes off (11/12/2013)

More than 30 000 sign up for new skills training in the Czech Republic

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.

Caring for carers
Caring for carers (06/12/2013)

A care home in Belgium is getting help to improve working conditions for staff

Headmasters as lifelong learners
Headmasters as lifelong learners (06/12/2013)

An education project in Slovenia is giving the profession of headmaster a boost

Guaranteed skills
Guaranteed skills (06/12/2013)

In Austria a training guarantee programme is giving young people the skills and openings they need for jobs

FSE: cada vez mais conhecido
FSE: cada vez mais conhecido (05/12/2013)

Devagar, mas com convicção, os cidadãos europeus conhecem cada vez melhor o Fundo Social Europeu (FSE) e o seu trabalho. O inquérito 2013 do Eurobarómetro sobre o clima social na Europa confirma este aumento do conhecimento. Quando foi perguntado se já tinham ouvido falar do FSE, 44 % dos inquiridos responderam que sim, em comparação com os 33 % em 2006.

NEETs no more
NEETs no more (29/11/2013)

New ESF grant to support 1000 young drifters in north-east England

Enhancing e-entrepreneurship
Enhancing e-entrepreneurship (29/11/2013)

Maltese SME owners and entrepreneurs complete a tailored ICT skills course to support their competitiveness

Latvia lifts social services
Latvia lifts social services (29/11/2013)

Better social services are the result of an ESF project in Latvia

Adoção do Regulamento do FSE pelo Parlamento Europeu
Adoção do Regulamento do FSE pelo Parlamento Europeu (20/11/2013)

Um dia após a adoção do Quadro Financeiro Plurianual (QFP) da UE para os anos de 2014 a 2020, o Parlamento Europeu adotou hoje o Regulamento do Fundo Social Europeu (FSE), assim como o Regulamento de Cláusulas Comuns para Todos os Fundos Europeus Estruturais e de Investimento.

Parlamento Europeu aprova quadro financeiro plurianual 2014-2020
Parlamento Europeu aprova quadro financeiro plurianual 2014-2020 (19/11/2013)

O Parlamento Europeu deu hoje o seu voto favorável ao Quadro Financeiro Plurianual (QFP) da UE para o período de 2014 a 2020. A aprovação do PE abre o caminho para a aprovação final deste instrumento pelo Conselho nas próximas semanas.

Civil Licit: Hungary’s auction for social responsibility
Civil Licit: Hungary’s auction for social responsibility (15/11/2013)

Civil Licit, Hungary’s sustainability-auction launched on 12 November, attracted considerable attention this year.

Vouchers for work
Vouchers for work (15/11/2013)

The Netherlands launches a voucher scheme to encourage employers to take on young people

Disabled and enabled
Disabled and enabled (15/11/2013)

Irish minister praises pilot project to help young people with disabilities join the mainstream job market

Talent spotting
Talent spotting (15/11/2013)

The Danish ‘Talent pathway’ project is offering something more to talented students from vocational colleges

Truants back on track
Truants back on track (08/11/2013)

A nationwide ESF project in Germany is helping disadvantaged young people leave school with qualifications

A Republic of values
A Republic of values (08/11/2013)

Three projects by Lithuanian school students to be taken nationwide

Master entrepreneurs
Master entrepreneurs (08/11/2013)

A transnational project on student entrepreneurship in Romania attracts 200 new students

New project, new chance
New project, new chance (31/10/2013)

The employment service in Greece launches a training programme for jobseekers in Kastoria

Sparkling careers
Sparkling careers (31/10/2013)

In France, the ESF is supporting a project to ease young people into working life

Bringing parents back in play
Bringing parents back in play (31/10/2013)

ESF is providing support for parents in Belgium struggling to get back to work after a timeout

'No te Rindas Nunca'
'No te Rindas Nunca' (25/10/2013)

The Spanish communications campaign for disabled people 'Never Give Up’ earns a Bronze Echo Award in Chicago

Expertise on tap
Expertise on tap (25/10/2013)

In Poland, the ESF is making technical and scientific expertise available to companies that need it

Roman knowledge, Romanian skills
Roman knowledge, Romanian skills (25/10/2013)

Italy and Romania exchange know-how on encouraging entrepreneurship among jobseekers

IT for justice
IT for justice (18/10/2013)

Bulgaria uses ESF funding to improve the crime and justice system with better IT systems

Enterprise Estonia, Export Estonia
Enterprise Estonia, Export Estonia (18/10/2013)

A start-up day spurs Estonian enterprises to think big about exports

My Polish dream
My Polish dream (18/10/2013)

A new TV show in Poland highlights how ESF support helps young entrepreneurs to achieve their ambitions

Resultados do primeiro inquérito às competências dos adultos podem orientar as prioridades do FSE para o período de 2014-2020
Resultados do primeiro inquérito às competências dos adultos podem orientar as prioridades do FSE para o período de 2014-2020 (10/10/2013)

A 8 de outubro, a Comissão Europeia, juntamente com a OCDE, publicou os resultados de um inquérito abrangente sobre a literacia, competências matemáticas e competências relacionadas com a tecnologia em 17 Estados-Membros e outros países. Em cada país foram avaliados os níveis de competências de 5000 pessoas em idade de trabalho (16-65 anos).

An informal approach
An informal approach (10/10/2013)

Slovakia uses ESF funding to boost ‘informal learning’ among young people to improve their job prospects

Skills for windmills
Skills for windmills (10/10/2013)

Green energy skills are on offer, and in demand, in Finland

Alternative Ljubljana
Alternative Ljubljana (10/10/2013)

A cultural association is developing an alternative way of presenting Slovenia’s capital city to tourists

Keyboards to success
Keyboards to success (04/10/2013)

Wales invests in IT skills with ESF help – for today and the future

Gardens for growth
Gardens for growth (04/10/2013)

In Belgium, an ESF project is helping disadvantaged schoolchildren make choices for the future

Gender-equal graduates
Gender-equal graduates (04/10/2013)

A project for women graduates in Spain is giving them equal chances for employment

Busy parents in business
Busy parents in business (04/10/2013)

In Hungary, parents with small children are getting advice on family life and help with starting businesses

No bars to skills
No bars to skills (27/09/2013)

Latvia gives new skills to help ex-prisoners reintegrate better

More ‘professional’ actors
More ‘professional’ actors (27/09/2013)

Luxembourg is giving cultural workers the business skills they need

Quality counts in Croatia
Quality counts in Croatia (27/09/2013)

Big plans for improving Croatian tourism using ESF funding

Not less able
Not less able (27/09/2013)

With ESF help, a Slovenian social enterprise is placing qualified disabled people in higher-quality jobs

A Cretan lifelong learning diet
A Cretan lifelong learning diet (20/09/2013)

Crete kicks off a new lifelong learning centre which expects some 1600 students to sign up

Building new careers
Building new careers (20/09/2013)

The ESF is helping unemployed construction workers to retrain for new sectors

Incubating dreams
Incubating dreams (20/09/2013)

An ESF incubator project in Sweden is helping young jobseekers realise their business ambitions

Boosting Roma education
Boosting Roma education (20/09/2013)

An ESF project which improved the educational opportunities for Roma children has just ended in Romania

Solo but not alone
Solo but not alone (20/09/2013)

In the Czech Republic an NGO is improving the status and outlook for single parents with ESF help

Andalusia invests in science skills
Andalusia invests in science skills (13/09/2013)

The ESF is helping R&D technicians and science graduates in Spain to improve their skills

Qualified to care
Qualified to care (13/09/2013)

Ireland is using ESF support to give health-care qualifications and skills to women

Nurturing R&D talent
Nurturing R&D talent (13/09/2013)

Slovenia is giving ESF support to researchers at an early stage of their career to help build a research-led economy

Inscrição no sucesso
Inscrição no sucesso (13/09/2013)

Em Portugal existe uma oferta variada de cursos de formação para candidatos a emprego

Veterans with a vocation
Veterans with a vocation (06/09/2013)

In the UK, military veterans are helping jobseekers build confidence and get on in life and work

Ensuring medical cover
Ensuring medical cover (06/09/2013)

Greece launches a voucher scheme for citizens without medical insurance

Skills for business success
Skills for business success (06/09/2013)

In France, would-be entrepreneurs are being offered all-round training in the skills they need to set up in business

Talents at home and in work
Talents at home and in work (06/09/2013)

In Belgium, parents are getting help to get back to work after caring for children

Supporting working mothers
Supporting working mothers (30/08/2013)

With ESF support, busy working mothers in Italy can get help with day-care costs for their young children

Healthy co-operation
Healthy co-operation (30/08/2013)

Diseases of the nervous system are at the heart of a German-Estonian research project

Skills that matter
Skills that matter (30/08/2013)

ESF training worth EUR 1 million launched in Dorset, UK

Teaching the teachers
Teaching the teachers (30/08/2013)

In Bulgaria, schoolteachers are being offered new competences and skills as part of their career development

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.

A vocation to train
A vocation to train (22/08/2013)

Dutch vocational training school gets vote of confidence and more funding

Better patient care
Better patient care (22/08/2013)

Malta invests in its health workers’ skills to improve patient care

Removing e-barriers
Removing e-barriers (22/08/2013)

An ESF project in Poland is pulling down the barriers for disabled people to access public services online

Czech Republic boosts science in school
Czech Republic boosts science in school (22/08/2013)

An ESF project is supporting the take-up of science and technical education in the Czech Republic

Learning to stay in business
Learning to stay in business (22/08/2013)

Denmark is educating its entrepreneurs to reduce bankruptcies and ensure success

Skills for all Seasons
Skills for all Seasons (09/08/2013)

Slovakia is using ESF funding to boost technical and work-related skills among all age groups

Youth at the Centre
Youth at the Centre (09/08/2013)

A new Youth Centre in Croatia is acting as a central starting point for young jobseekers

On-the-job training
On-the-job training (09/08/2013)

In Poland the ESF is supporting valuable work placements for vocational students

Definir e ajustar objetivos para o FSE
Definir e ajustar objetivos para o FSE (07/08/2013)

Documentos de referência servem de apoio metodológico à preparação de novos Programas Operacionais

Traditional skills
Traditional skills (01/08/2013)

Craft training is offering young Italian job-seekers a set of valuable and traditional skills

Jobs for the future
Jobs for the future (01/08/2013)

In Lithuania, the ‘I Love My Job’ project helps schoolchildren to choose a profession

Certified skilled
Certified skilled (25/07/2013)

Disadvantaged women awarded certificates to promote their new skills

e-educators
e-educators (25/07/2013)

In Estonia, 12 700 teachers gain ICT skills

A sense of achievement
A sense of achievement (18/07/2013)

People with impaired vision gain ‘physio’ skills in Latvia

Recognising soft skills
Recognising soft skills (18/07/2013)

The Czech Republic is taking steps to raise the profile of ‘informal education’ and the skills that go with it

Dial up for jobs
Dial up for jobs (18/07/2013)

Romania opens a call centre for job-seekers with ESF support

Interest in social enterprise
Interest in social enterprise (09/07/2013)

Social entrepreneurship on the increase in Sweden

Workshops that work
Workshops that work (09/07/2013)

In Spain, young people prepare to start their own business after an ESF workshop on entrepreneurship

Golden skills
Golden skills (09/07/2013)

Young European professionals shine at the WorldSkills competition in Germany

A nursery for planting skills
A nursery for planting skills (03/07/2013)

In Austria, immigrant mothers get help with important language skills

Socially enterprising
Socially enterprising (03/07/2013)

In Belgium, a successful employment association is helping job-seekers in difficult times

Revitalising opportunities
Revitalising opportunities (03/07/2013)

New programme on economic revitalisation and business creation for the unemployed in Spain

Boosting rural employment
Boosting rural employment (03/07/2013)

A Romanian-Greek project to boost rural entrepreneurship has just finished

Customer-facing skills
Customer-facing skills (26/06/2013)

Italian region favours jobs, business and tourism with training that is targeted at local needs

Castle builders
Castle builders (26/06/2013)

Restoring old castles offers job opportunities to unemployed people in Slovakia

Multilingual Magyars
Multilingual Magyars (26/06/2013)

ESF supports foreign language training among Hungarian graduates

A summer surgery for skills
A summer surgery for skills (26/06/2013)

With ESF help, medical students in Bulgaria are being offered summer internships to gain experience of the job market

Lending for lift-off
Lending for lift-off (21/06/2013)

A microfinance initiative in Brussels is expanding its operations to reach small entrepreneurs and start-ups

Bigger is better
Bigger is better (21/06/2013)

A Swedish municipality shows that size is important when attacking youth unemployment

Fostering better futures
Fostering better futures (21/06/2013)

Croatia launches project for better foster care for children and young people

Student power
Student power (21/06/2013)

Denmark is using ESF support to attract students into its renewable energy sector

Apelo à ação contra o desemprego dos jovens
Apelo à ação contra o desemprego dos jovens (19/06/2013)

A Comissão adotou hoje a comunicação «Trabalhar juntos para os jovens europeus – Apelo à ação contra o desemprego dos jovens». Uma vez mais, dá-se particular ênfase à luta contra o desemprego dos jovens como sendo uma das principais prioridades entre todos os esforços para voltar a fazer crescer a economia.

Up to 10 000 new youth jobs for Scotland
Up to 10 000 new youth jobs for Scotland (13/06/2013)

Almost £90 million is to be invested in helping Scotland’s young people into work and supporting small business growth.

More and better apprenticeships conference
More and better apprenticeships conference (12/06/2013)

A conference held in Brussels for employment experts puts youth employment and apprenticeships in the spotlight

Healthier diet and lifestyles
Healthier diet and lifestyles (12/06/2013)

Free medical supervision and advice on proper nutrition available in 50 Greek municipalities

Taking the car to work
Taking the car to work (12/06/2013)

A social enterprise for disabled job-seekers wins award for excellence

Back on-board
Back on-board (05/06/2013)

Normandy offers a second chance to early school leavers

City hall for all
City hall for all (05/06/2013)

In Slovakia, the ESF is helping young people experience the workings of local government

Goaaaaal!
Goaaaaal! (05/06/2013)

In Sweden, an ESF project is helping job-seekers set their own goals and then achieve them

Drop-in for help
Drop-in for help (05/06/2013)

The ESF is helping reduce the number of students dropping out of vocational studies in Finland

Giving youth a chance
Giving youth a chance (28/05/2013)

Greece announces 75 000 jobs for young people in 2014 with ESF support

A full set of skills
A full set of skills (28/05/2013)

Romanian counties are boosting employment in the tourism sector with ESF co-funded training for job-seekers

A social enterprise on the up
A social enterprise on the up (28/05/2013)

In Flanders, the ESF is helping an employment-related social enterprise re-engineer for fast growth

Climate change at work
Climate change at work (23/05/2013)

The ESF in Cornwall is supporting research into business responses to climate change

Umbria boosts work placements
Umbria boosts work placements (23/05/2013)

In Italy, graduates and disadvantaged groups in Umbria are being offered work placements with ESF support

The craft of the carpenter
The craft of the carpenter (23/05/2013)

Polish apprentices are in Germany to learn the precision skills needed for constructing and repairing wooden buildings

Embedding older workers
Embedding older workers (23/05/2013)

An ESF work-placement project for older job-seekers in Slovenia is taking a longer-term approach to ensure sustainability

Novas medidas para melhorar a aplicação da política de coesão
Novas medidas para melhorar a aplicação da política de coesão (21/05/2013)

A Comissão propôs hoje que o acordo sobre o aumento da participação da UE em investimentos na Grécia, no Chipre e em Portugal fosse prolongado por mais dois anos, e que fosse concedido mais tempo à Roménia e à Eslováquia para aplicarem os fundos da política de coesão.

Jobs on the menu
Jobs on the menu (16/05/2013)

In the past years, ESF support has helped finance over 1400 projects to improve employment and social needs in the Alsace region

A Saxon success story
A Saxon success story (16/05/2013)

Saxony sees ESF funding making a significant contribution to growth

Helping older people with disabilities
Helping older people with disabilities (16/05/2013)

A Polish ESF project is offering training and support for disabled jobseekers over 45 years old

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

Online skills key to jobs in Spain
Online skills key to jobs in Spain (10/05/2013)

ESF support is helping to train people in IT skills and employ them to boost the online presence of the Avilés municipality

Reaching out to youth
Reaching out to youth (10/05/2013)

With ESF support, the Mobile Youth Work network aims to cover all Estonia

Job-seeking assistants
Job-seeking assistants (10/05/2013)

Latvia prolongs a successful ESF project to help young people boost their qualifications

Supporting disabled job-seekers
Supporting disabled job-seekers (10/05/2013)

The ESF in Poland is offering 200 paid traineeships for the disabled

Catering for new skills
Catering for new skills (29/04/2013)

A pay-what-you-want café provides training for people looking for a job in catering

Stepping up the ladder
Stepping up the ladder (29/04/2013)

The ESF is helping Italy’s construction sector with professional skills and knowledge-based training

Caring skills for immigrants
Caring skills for immigrants (29/04/2013)

An elderly-care course aimed at immigrant home help is relaunched in Spain

Young and active
Young and active (29/04/2013)

Over 800 young Romanians have received professional support and training thanks to an ESF co-funded project

More able seamen
More able seamen (24/04/2013)

Greece mobilises ESF funding to offer unemployed seafarers new skills and careers

Healthier workers and workplaces
Healthier workers and workplaces (24/04/2013)

The ESF in Estonia is helping SMEs to make work environments healthier and safer

Skills that benefit patients
Skills that benefit patients (24/04/2013)

Romanian medical staff get better acquainted with the latest treatment technologies thanks to ESF support

Fair chances
Fair chances (24/04/2013)

A new ESF partner in the UK will unveil new and relevant training opportunities for unemployed jobseekers in Cornwall

Impacto dos fundos de coesão em tempos de crise
Impacto dos fundos de coesão em tempos de crise (18/04/2013)

Um novo relatório de progresso evidencia a flexibilidade e a aceleração da participação nas ações do FSE e apresenta os resultados concretos que estão a ser alcançados no terreno

Industrial Nannies
Industrial Nannies (16/04/2013)

Germany targets wider childcare provision to benefit parents, workers and companies using Federal ESF funding

Five-year plan, Irish style
Five-year plan, Irish style (16/04/2013)

In Ireland 60 female entrepreneurs plan massive growth in turnover, employment and exports in five years

Apoio com financiamento prioritário
Apoio com financiamento prioritário (16/04/2013)

Portugal lançou uma nova iniciativa de financiamento para combater a pobreza e o desemprego e apoiar os grupos desfavorecidos em territórios vulneráveis

‘Pepping up’ job possibilities
‘Pepping up’ job possibilities (11/04/2013)

Job opportunities for disabled people in Ireland are getting a new impetus with the ESF supported PEP project

Special kids with special needs
Special kids with special needs (11/04/2013)

With ESF funding the Nadezhda Association in Bulgaria is helping children with special educational needs stay on at school

First job? Safety first!
First job? Safety first! (11/04/2013)

Latvia is using ESF funding to ensure new and potential employees will be better protected from accidents at work

International Roma Day: Commission calls for decisive action to further Roma integration
International Roma Day: Commission calls for decisive action to further Roma integration (08/04/2013)

To mark International Roma Day, the European Commission has underlined the need for further efforts by the Member States to improve the situation for Roma communities in Europe.

Focused help for SMEs
Focused help for SMEs (04/04/2013)

Hundreds of Greek SMEs are getting free business consulting services to help them improve performance in difficult times

Careers on the Go
Careers on the Go (04/04/2013)

The ESF in Hungary is guiding schoolchildren towards successful career-planning choices with a mobile volunteer force

Schools going digital
Schools going digital (04/04/2013)

Schoolchildren in Slovakia are getting access to the latest digital teaching technologies with ESF support

Quarterly Review analyses deepening social crisis
Quarterly Review analyses deepening social crisis (26/03/2013)

Divergence continues to increase across Member States, translating into persistently growing labour market and social challenges, marked by ever higher unemployment at EU level, according to the March edition of the EU Employment and Social Situation Quarterly Review.

Fit for the high street
Fit for the high street (25/03/2013)

Luxembourg Fit4Commerce programme completes third training round for job-seekers in the booming retail sector

The drive to work
The drive to work (25/03/2013)

In France, job-seekers are on the move through a car-mobility scheme supported by the ESF

Backing up the young
Backing up the young (25/03/2013)

In Vienna, young apprentices are getting counselling and support to change their training programmes to avoid them dropping out

Aumentar as competências e as oportunidades
Aumentar as competências e as oportunidades (12/03/2013)

Uma associação empresarial regional em Portugal está a oferecer cursos de especialização para aumentar as competências e as qualificações

Natural and inclusive
Natural and inclusive (12/03/2013)

A social innovation project in Finland is using natural environments to build wellbeing and inclusiveness among disadvantaged groups

A treasured Chest
A treasured Chest (12/03/2013)

In the Czech Republic the ESF is supporting a community initiative for socially excluded youngsters

Clubbing together
Clubbing together (12/03/2013)

A social integration club in Poland is helping the long-term unemployed with ESF support

Certificates for creative careers
Certificates for creative careers (12/03/2013)

In Northern Ireland artistic jobseekers are getting the formal training and qualifications that open pathways to work

Criar oportunidades para os jovens
Criar oportunidades para os jovens (12/03/2013)

A Comissão propôs regras para tornar realidade a Iniciativa para o Emprego dos Jovens. Este novo instrumento, com um orçamento de 6 mil milhões de euros para o período 2014-20, foi proposto em fevereiro pelo Conselho Europeu.

Exporting skills
Exporting skills (12/03/2013)

Greek managers are getting lessons in ‘extroversion’ and how to increase their exports in ESF-supported seminars

Racing against illiteracy
Racing against illiteracy (07/03/2013)

Jesuits run marathon to combat illiteracy in Malta

Dress to impress
Dress to impress (07/03/2013)

ESF-supported speed-dating event matches students to apprenticeships in the UK

Better public administration
Better public administration (07/03/2013)

An ESF project in Romania is taking steps towards improving public administration

Aliar o emprego à biodiversidade
Aliar o emprego à biodiversidade (01/03/2013)

Um relatório recente define as interligações entre o emprego e os objetivos em matéria de biodiversidade da Europa – assim como as novas competências que os trabalhadores vão precisar para os concretizar.

Internships across Europe
Internships across Europe (28/02/2013)

With ESF help, young Italian graduates can improve their European CV with work experience abroad

Competitive business advice
Competitive business advice (28/02/2013)

SMEs and women entrepreneurs in southern Poland can access free consulting to boost their competitiveness

Signing on for work
Signing on for work (28/02/2013)

A 24-7 sign-language translation service is helping workers with hearing difficulties to integrate better at work

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.

A lifeline for schoolgirl mums
A lifeline for schoolgirl mums (21/02/2013)

An innovative education centre in Scotland is determined to help teenage mothers complete education

Switching skills
Switching skills (21/02/2013)

Danish region is using ESF funding to help the long-term unemployed switch careers

Better opportunities for immigrants
Better opportunities for immigrants (21/02/2013)

The ESF promotes the closer integration of immigrants in Finland with help to find work

Better skills, better chances
Better skills, better chances (21/02/2013)

In Lithuania the ESF is helping disadvantaged families to help themselves

Social Investment for growth and cohesion
Social Investment for growth and cohesion (20/02/2013)

The Commission has called on Member States to prioritise social investment and to modernise their welfare states. This means better performing active inclusion strategies and a more efficient and more effective use of social budgets.

Orçamento da UE: financiamento para um futuro melhor
Orçamento da UE: financiamento para um futuro melhor (13/02/2013)

O orçamento 2014-2020 mais reduzido acordado pelo Conselho Europeu contempla fundos prioritários para o FSE para medidas de apoio ao emprego jovem e aos grupos mais necessitados.

Skills that sell
Skills that sell (07/02/2013)

Successful ESF pilot project is rolled out across South-West Britain

Made to measure in Flanders
Made to measure in Flanders (07/02/2013)

In Belgium, young unqualified job-seekers are being helped to ‘acclimatise’ to work opportunities

School’s back
School’s back (07/02/2013)

Kassel is showing how to convince school drop-outs to return to the classroom

ESF projects win RegioStars awards
ESF projects win RegioStars awards (01/02/2013)

Lithuanian and Polish ESF projects have won RegioStars awards for their activities

Virtual learning, real qualifications
Virtual learning, real qualifications (31/01/2013)

Further education colleges in Germany are helping working professionals with a growing armoury of on-line degree courses

Bank loans for social enterprises
Bank loans for social enterprises (31/01/2013)

ESF supports bank lending for social enterprises in Poland

More women in adult education
More women in adult education (31/01/2013)

In Denmark, the ESF is supporting an increase in skill levels among female workers

Family-friendly jobs
Family-friendly jobs (23/01/2013)

In Slovenia, an ESF-supported certification process is promoting family-friendly work environments

Transitional tips
Transitional tips (23/01/2013)

In Italy, the ESF is supporting a course to manage generational change in small businesses

Mobility for motivation
Mobility for motivation (23/01/2013)

A foreign work-placement programme in Germany is giving young people motivation and opportunities

Your skills, your choice
Your skills, your choice (17/01/2013)

In Sweden, the long-term unemployed are being helped to develop the new skills they want to get into the job market

Slovakia encourages self-help
Slovakia encourages self-help (17/01/2013)

ESF funding has helped marginalised communities in Slovakia to improve their circumstances

School’s in!
School’s in! (17/01/2013)

Proper breakfasts and granddad-mentoring are some of the measures deployed to encourage young Danes to complete their education

Building momentum
Building momentum (09/01/2013)

Ireland launches training courses for the unemployed offering skills that are in demand

Caring for social inclusion
Caring for social inclusion (09/01/2013)

Greece extends ESF funding for day-care centres

Innovative childcare
Innovative childcare (09/01/2013)

The Czech Republic is supporting more diverse childcare provision to help working parents

Improving literacy skills
Improving literacy skills (19/12/2012)

In the Netherlands, steps are being taken to identify problems and improve literacy skills among job-seekers

Oportunidades de formação em Portugal
Oportunidades de formação em Portugal (19/12/2012)

Cursos de formação gratuitos oferecidos a pessoas empregadas e desempregadas com o apoio do FSE

Reducing Roma drop-outs
Reducing Roma drop-outs (19/12/2012)

ESF community centres are helping young Roma to complete their education and get new opportunities

Train to Gain in Spain
Train to Gain in Spain (12/12/2012)

In Spain young business students are being encouraged to set up for themselves as commercial agents

Praise for people management
Praise for people management (12/12/2012)

In Italy the sixth ‘Premio Valore Lavoro’ prize ceremony for human resources management has been hosted in Ancona

Focus on farming
Focus on farming (12/12/2012)

The ESF supports discussions on small-scale farming opportunities and practices in southern France

Putting veterans back on track
Putting veterans back on track (06/12/2012)

An ESF skills project for ex-military offenders wins award in the UK

Getting qualifications that count
Getting qualifications that count (06/12/2012)

New perspectives for the low-skilled in Poland

Partnerships for change
Partnerships for change (06/12/2012)

Encouraging community involvement in local strategy-making in Romania

English version of French portal on EU Funds
English version of French portal on EU Funds (05/12/2012)

The English version of a web site with comprehensive information on the use of European funds in France has just been published.

Nurturing student entrepreneurs
Nurturing student entrepreneurs (29/11/2012)

In Denmark a new ‘Growth House’ is opening its doors to students ideas

ESF boosts Czech R&D
ESF boosts Czech R&D (29/11/2012)

ESF helps to finance scientific and medical research in Prague

New chances for new citizens
New chances for new citizens (29/11/2012)

Recent immigrants are getting practical help and training in Swedish municipalities

A portal for public service
A portal for public service (21/11/2012)

The Bulgarian civil service is launching an online portal to improve the development and deployment of staff

The language of success
The language of success (21/11/2012)

Hungary is supporting foreign language skills and IT training to boost employability and competitiveness

K9 talents
K9 talents (21/11/2012)

An ESF project in Latvia is helping blind people enjoy fuller lives by providing guide dogs

Offering a new start
Offering a new start (14/11/2012)

Disadvantaged young people have benefited from an ESF-funded employment project in Malta

Better people skills
Better people skills (14/11/2012)

The ESF in France is promoting better people-management skills among SMEs

Big Top skills
Big Top skills (14/11/2012)

In Finland, an innovative circus is helping disadvantaged groups build self-esteem by joining in

EPIC success for immigrant jobseekers
EPIC success for immigrant jobseekers (07/11/2012)

A successful training scheme in Ireland has given 222 immigrants the practical skills that helped them to find work

Social mobility brings social success
Social mobility brings social success (07/11/2012)

The mobile provision of social services in a Latvian region has proved a successful model for emulation

Supporting rural women
Supporting rural women (07/11/2012)

Spain is expanding its Aurora programme for offering support to women in rural areas

Informing job-seekers
Informing job-seekers (31/10/2012)

With ESF support, long-term employment trends are being disseminated to workers and job-seekers in Hungary

Win-win work experience
Win-win work experience (31/10/2012)

The Czech Republic has launched a company internship project to support employment

Combating long-term unemployment
Combating long-term unemployment (25/10/2012)

In Finland, the ESF is helping bring job-seekers and employers together in the fight against long-term unemployment

Work experience the key
Work experience the key (25/10/2012)

In Lithuania, young first-time job-seekers are gaining valuable experience in the ‘Youth Employment Increase’ project

Women in social enterprise
Women in social enterprise (25/10/2012)

In the Midi-Pyrénées region in France, the ESF is helping young women entrepreneurs to join the social economy

Getting prepared online
Getting prepared online (18/10/2012)

In Luxembourg, young people can consult a new online tool to prepare for job interviews

Second chances where needed
Second chances where needed (18/10/2012)

Dutch cities get EUR 2 million to help the long-term unemployed back to work

Catch-22 for jobs
Catch-22 for jobs (18/10/2012)

No job without experience, no experience without a job! The ESF is helping break this vicious circle in the Czech Republic

On a course for the Canaries
On a course for the Canaries (18/10/2012)

The Spanish Canaries offer ESF training opportunities to over 10 000 islanders

Resources for rehabilitation
Resources for rehabilitation (11/10/2012)

Latvia is using ESF funding to support rehabilitation and social care for the vulnerable

Co-operating counties
Co-operating counties (11/10/2012)

In Estonia, the Lääne-Harju municipal authorities are stepping up co-operation to help boost regional development

Supporting older female job-seekers
Supporting older female job-seekers (11/10/2012)

In the UK, the ESF is helping the job prospects of women going through the menopause

Supporting workers with cancer
Supporting workers with cancer (04/10/2012)

A Romanian project is helping cancer sufferers at work with help from an Italian partner

A multicultural fire service
A multicultural fire service (04/10/2012)

Regional emergency services in Sweden are taking steps to train local firefighters with immigrant backgrounds to meet local needs

Building a better business
Building a better business (28/09/2012)

Cypriot architects use ESF funding to boost employee productivity

Experience that counts
Experience that counts (26/09/2012)

Young trainees from Germany are off to renovate a children’s cancer clinic in Hungary

Train in Spain
Train in Spain (26/09/2012)

The ESF is supporting training courses in Andalusia to help boost the regional aerospace industry

Gaining work experience
Gaining work experience (26/09/2012)

In Bulgaria, over 50 000 young people are being offered company internships with ESF support

Second chances for first steps
Second chances for first steps (21/09/2012)

In Germany, disadvantaged young people are getting made-to-measure help to get into vocational training

Silver start-ups
Silver start-ups (21/09/2012)

In the French Indre region, the ESF is helping older jobseekers to set up in business for themselves

Making schools more inclusive
Making schools more inclusive (21/09/2012)

Schools across Slovakia are being helped to develop inclusive teaching environments for Roma children

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

Enabled car mechanics
Enabled car mechanics (13/09/2012)

ESF gives a boost for aspiring car mechanics among young disabled people in the UK

Boosting youth employment
Boosting youth employment (13/09/2012)

An ESF operational programme in Bulgaria has helped 50 000 young people so far – and more is planned

Getting closer to work
Getting closer to work (07/09/2012)

In Estonia, young job-seekers are offered training and company visits to improve job prospects

Building social success
Building social success (07/09/2012)

In Slovenia, the ESF is supporting social businesses with start-up funding

Releasing Roma potential
Releasing Roma potential (07/09/2012)

ESF in Sweden supports entrepreneurship education for Roma

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.

Exceeding expectations
Exceeding expectations (31/08/2012)

An ESF-supported job-creation scheme in Bulgaria is receiving much interest from job-seekers

Out of the orphanage and into work
Out of the orphanage and into work (31/08/2012)

In Lithuania, the ESF is helping integrate adults who were orphans into the labour market

Classroom computer skills
Classroom computer skills (31/08/2012)

A transnational project in Romania is encouraging interactive ICT-based teaching in schools

Olympic qualifying round
Olympic qualifying round (10/08/2012)

ESF at the Olympics: boosting qualifications for unemployed Games volunteers

Supporting citizens with hearing disabilities
Supporting citizens with hearing disabilities (10/08/2012)

With ESF support, Spanish region launches a service to boost employment and social inclusion among deaf people

First jobs for the young
First jobs for the young (10/08/2012)

The ESF supports Lithuanian government's initiative to reduce youth unemployment

FSE: um grande financiador da aprendizagem ao longo da vida
FSE: um grande financiador da aprendizagem ao longo da vida (07/08/2012)

Um novo relatório de avaliação demonstra o papel crucial desempenhado pelo FSE nas iniciativas de aprendizagem ao longo da vida na UE. O relatório aborda o impacto exercido por estas atividades sobre os jovens, os trabalhadores mais velhos e as pessoas com poucas qualificações.

Forging future metalworkers
Forging future metalworkers (03/08/2012)

ESF training support for young people and the metalworking sector in the French Alsace region

Fostering children’s futures
Fostering children’s futures (03/08/2012)

An ESF project in Bulgaria is building a cadre of trained foster families