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Synthesis report on the ‘Pilot projects to carry out ESF related counterfactual impact evaluations’ (01/07/2016)

The evaluation report reviews a positive impact of active labour market policies on employment and of vocational training on youth. Eight ESF funded projects were chosen as pilot projects to measure the causal effects of European Social Fund policies and were discussed at a conference held in Brussels on 12 November 2015.

Background note: Support to asylum seekers under the European Social Fund and the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (25/09/2015)

The objective of this note is therefore to clarify the scope of support which the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD) can provide to asylum seekers at different stages since their arrival in the Union. It also intends to clarify the differences between these two funds and other Union instruments that provide targeted support to asylum seekers, notably the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF), and provides guidance on how complementarities and synergies between the different funds can be achieved.

Orientamenti sui piani d’azione comuni (15/06/2015)

Gli orientamenti sui piani d'azione comuni (PAC) forniscono informazioni di base sui motivi e i momenti più indicati per l'impiego dei PAC, sulle loro principali caratteristiche e su coloro che possono beneficiarne.

Format of the model for the joint action plan (JAP)

Guida alle tabelle standard di costi unitari e agli importi forfettari adottati in conformità dell'articolo 14, paragrafo 1, del regolamento (UE) 1304/2013 (12/06/2015)

La guida alle tabelle standard di costi unitari e agli importi forfettari adottati in conformità dell'articolo 14, paragrafo 1, del regolamento del FSE fornisce informazioni di base su questo nuovo tipo di opzioni semplificate in materia di costi ed evidenzia i vantaggi di questo articolo, nonché i casi in cui può essere impiegato.

Template for submitting data for the consideration of the Commission

Quality of Public Administration - A Toolbox for Practitioners (23/04/2015)

The Toolbox aims to support, guide and encourage those who want to build public administrations that will create prosperous, fair and resilient societies. It is intended as a reference and resource, not a prescription or a panacea, by signposting readers to existing EU policies and international practices, illustrated by almost 170 inspirational case studies.

Toolbox - Full version - The complete Toolbox with all detailed chapters and full case studies in one single file
Abridged version - For a quick reference of all themes, main messages and tools, including references to inspiring case examples
Table of contents
Foreword and reader's guide - Introduces the concept and context for the Toolbox - linking policy to funding - and explains the structure, the style and the case studies to the reader
Principles and values of good governance - Outlines typical principles and values, and discusses how they can become integrated and ingrained in the administrative culture
Theme 1: Better policy-making - Explores the qualities of good policy-making, approaches to longer-term strategic planning, stakeholder consultation and the advent of co-responsibility with citizens and businesses
Theme 2: Embedding ethical and anti-corruption practices - How to put in place a comprehensive, balanced and tailored package of measures to instil a culture of integrity, deter and detect unethical behaviour, take corrective action and build public trust
Theme 3: Professional and well-functioning institutions - Examines how public organisations can engage in results-based management, build effective leadership, modernise people management, and create a quality culture
Theme 4: Improving service delivery - Explores how administrations can better understand needs and expectations, improve processes and simplify administration, commit to service standards and measure satisfaction
Theme 5: Enhancing the business environment - Details ways and means of how administrations can become more business friendly, by making compliance with essential ‘red tape’ as painless as possible, and considering business needs throughout the life cycle
Theme 6: Strengthening the quality of judicial systems - Looks at how judiciaries can modernise and improve their performance, including through e-Justice systems, better communication and consultation, user-centric processes, judicial training and continuing professional development
Theme 7: Managing public funds effectively - Considers how administrations apply the principles of good financial governance and prepare, plan, execute, monitor and control their spending, and gives guidance for improving public procurement as well as ESIF management
Some considerations for managing Thematic Objective 11 - Provides tips for practitioners that are involved in managing ESIF funds or projects under TO11: "enhancing institutional capacity of public authorities and stakeholders and efficient public administration"

Guida per i beneficiari dei Fondi strutturali e di investimento europei e relativi strumenti UE (02/12/2014)

La presente guida per beneficiari non intende fornire una descrizione esaustiva di tutti i fondi UE disponibili. Si basa sul quadro strategico comune (allegato 1 al regolamento (UE) n. 1303/2013), che favorisce un migliore coordinamento tra i Fondi SIE e gli altri strumenti UE.

Guida alle opzioni semplificate in materia di costi (OSC) (10/10/2014)

Il presente documento offre una guida tecnica ed esempi sui tre tipi di costi semplificati applicabili a tutti i fondi SIE nel periodo di programmazione 2014-2020.

Linee guida sull’attuazione dell’iniziativa a favore dell’occupazione giovanile (23/09/2014)

Il presente documento di orientamento sulla IOG è rivolto in particolare alle autorità del FSE responsabili dell'attuazione dell'iniziativa. Esso fornisce una panoramica delle norme applicabili concentrandosi su gruppi obiettivi, aspetti di programmazione, campo di applicazione e norme finanziarie dell'IOG.

Investing in people: EU funding for employment and social inclusion (28/07/2014)

Volume 7 of the Social Europe guide focuses on EU funding instruments used to help people into employment or out of poverty and social exclusion. The guide outlines the aims and objectives of four specific funds: the European Social Fund (ESF); the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD); the EU programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI); and the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF).

The implementation of simplified cost options with the ESF in Italy: a case study - ESF thematic paper (25/07/2014)

SCOs were introduced in the 2007–2013 programming period for ESF in order to reduce the administrative burden on Managing Authorities when implementing ESF co-funded projects and on beneficiaries. SCOs enable also to shift the focus from input to output and results. This thematic paper shares the Italian experience with this tool in the hope that good practices can be taken up by other EU countries when managing ESF projects.

Assessing the effectiveness, efficiency and relevance of the ESF Learning Networks (03/07/2014)

This summary presents the findings of an evaluation aimed at assessing the effectiveness, efficiency and relevance of the ESF Learning Networks. Findings are based on research undertaken between May 2013 and April 2014.

Youth Employment Initiative and the European Social Fund - ESF thematic paper (31/03/2014)

This thematic paper provides an overview of the European Social Fund's track record in supporting initiatives for combatting youth unemployment and its potential to provide further and better targeted support to young people in the 2014-20 programming period. The brochure furthermore details the legal context, functioning and objectives of the newly launched Youth Employment Initiative which represents substantial dedicated funding to support Member State policies to combat youth unemployment.

Final Synthesis Report: Main ESF achievements, 2007-2013 – ESF Expert Evaluation Network (26/03/2014)

This overall synthesis report of the main ESF achievements over the 2007-2013 programming period is based on a review of Annual Implementation Reports delivered by Member States (to extract statistical and other key data and information) and on evidence from evaluations carried out in the respective countries to create a country report organised around 6 policy fields - increasing adaptability, enhancing access to employment, reinforcing social inclusion, enhancing investment in human capital, promoting partnerships and strengthening institutional capacity. Drawing on the evidence presented in these country reports, the overall synthesis report provides a picture of what has been achieved by the ESF. The results reported are generally based on data and evaluations covering the period 2007 to end 2012.

Info graphic: Transparent and effective public services (07/02/2014)

Reducing regulatory and administrative burdens and promoting high standards of transparency, efficency and accountability in public administration helps to increase productivity, strengthen competitiveness and ultimately, create jobs. The European Social Fund (ESF) is a concrete European contribution to national policy reforms in the area of public administration and good governance.

Promoting inclusive growth - ESF thematic paper (31/01/2014)

The changing economic and social climate over the past years has caused a rethink of policies governing the labour market, social inclusion and education. The current emphasis is on anti-crisis, short-term measures aimed at limiting unemployment and reigning in social disparities. Nonetheless, the number of people at risk of poverty or social exclusion in the EU now accounts for nearly one-fourth of the EU population. The European Social Fund is playing a key role in helping Member States increase employment and skills by training their work force, reducing poverty and cut across bottle-necks in the job market by reforming education and training systems and boosting worker mobility.

Il Codice europeo di condotta sul partenariato (29/01/2014)

Il partenariato, uno dei principi chiave della gestione dei fondi dell’Unione europea (UE), implica una stretta cooperazione tra le autorità pubbliche negli Stati membri a livello nazionale, regionale o locale e con le parti sociali, le organizzazioni non governative (ONG) e altri soggetti interessati.

Promoting good governance - ESF thematic paper (29/01/2014)

A well run public administration system benefits people and business. The ongoing economic challenges mean less money is available for administrative activities: but good governance and legal certainty is central to economic growth. Through support to organisational and technological innovation via improvement of systems, structures and processes, human resources and service delivery, the European Social Fund is helping administrations across the EU rise to the challenge.

Map: Structural Funds (ERDF and ESF) eligibility 2014-2020 (28/01/2014)

This print-ready map shows the eligibility of all EU regions according to their GDP per head ratio compared to the EU-27 average

Info Graphic: Getting people into jobs (20/12/2013)

The European Social Fund (ESF) supports organisations around the EU to put in place projects aimed at training people and helping them get work. Projects supporting small start-ups with timely funding and companies who want to re-think their approach to their older workers are also funded. In a challenging job market, the ESF helps people make the most of their opportunities.

Info graphic: More jobs, less marginalisation (22/11/2013)

Employment is the most effective way of giving people independence, financial security and a sense of belonging. The European Social Fund (ESF) finances many thousands of projects to help people in difficulties and those from disadvantaged groups to get skills, to get jobs and have the same opportunities as others do.

Info graphic: Equipping Europe’s youth for the job market (19/11/2013)

The ESF finances thousands of projects to help young people get the training and opportunities they need in order to find work. The ESF also helps countries put in place the Youth Guarantee Scheme for the 15–24s.

Iniziativa a favore dell’occupazione giovanile – Regioni ammissibili (19/11/2013)

L’iniziativa a favore dell’occupazione giovanile è volta a offrire un sostegno ai giovani disoccupati e al di fuori di ogni ciclo di istruzione e formazione nelle regioni con un livello di disoccupazione giovanile superiore al 25%.

Il Fondo sociale europeo al lavoro - Aiutare le persone a trovare lavoro (18/11/2013)

Il Fondo sociale europeo (FSE) aiuta le organizzazioni di tutta l'UE a realizzare progetti rivolti alla formazione delle persone, per aiutarle a trovare un lavoro. Esso finanzia inoltre progetti a sostegno delle piccole start-up, con finanziamenti tempestivi, e delle aziende che desiderano modificare il loro approccio nei confronti dei lavoratori più anziani. In un mercato del lavoro caratterizzato da forte competizione, l'FSE aiuta le persone a ottenere il massimo dalle opportunità disponibili.

Il Fondo sociale europeo al lavoro - Più posti di lavoro, meno emarginazione (18/11/2013)

L'occupazione è lo strumento più efficace per consentire alle persone di ottenere indipendenza, sicurezza finanziaria e senso di appartenenza. Il Fondo sociale europeo (FSE) finanzia diverse migliaia di progetti per aiutare le persone in difficoltà o appartenenti a gruppi svantaggiati ad acquisire competenze, trovare un lavoro e avere le stesse opportunità di tutti gli altri.

Il Fondo sociale europeo al lavoro - Fornire ai giovani europei gli strumenti per affrontare il mercato del lavoro (18/11/2013)

Considerando la portata del problema della disoccupazione giovanile in tutta l'UE, è evidente che nei prossimi anni i giovani continueranno a essere una delle principali priorità per l'Europa. Il Fondo sociale europeo (FSE) finanzia diverse migliaia di progetti per aiutare i giovani ad accedere alla formazione e alle opportunità di cui hanno bisogno per trovare lavoro.

Il Fondo sociale europeo al lavoro - Servizi pubblici trasparenti ed efficaci (18/11/2013)

Riducendo gli oneri normativi e amministrativi e promuovendo alti standard di trasparenza, efficienza e responsabilità nella pubblica amministrazione si contribuisce ad aumentare la produttività, rafforzare la competitività e creare posti di lavoro. Il Fondo sociale europeo (FSE) offre un contributo concreto, a livello europeo, alle riforme delle politiche nazionali in materia di pubblica amministrazione e buona amministrazione.

Sette vite - Sulla strada del successo, con il Fondo sociale europeo (19/08/2013)

Incontrate Brigitte, James, Jolanta, Anna, Nauras, Ebrahim e Carlos in Sette vite. Scoprite come ciascuno di loro ha trovato la propria strada e portato a termine un progetto professionale grazie ai progetti e ai programmi fi nanziati dal Fondo sociale europeo (FSE).

EU Cohesion Policy contributing to employment and growth in Europe - Background paper (19/07/2013)

The Union's cohesion policy – funded with EUR 346 billion from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Cohesion Fund - represents 35 % of the Union's budget over the period 2007-2013. Together with the co-financing provided by Member States, cohesion policy accounts for a very significant proportion of public investment in Europe. As part of the essential economic policy package of macro-economic and fiscal stability, structural reforms and growth enhancing measures, EU cohesion policy is making a significant contribution to investments in employment and growth in Europe.

Final Synthesis Report on Women and Young People - ESF Expert Evaluation Network (01/07/2013)

This synthesis report focuses on the support provided by ESF to women and young people. The main resource used in creating the synthesis report is a set of 10 detailed country reports, 5 focussed on women (DE, ES, GR, PL and UK) and 5 on young people (AT, CZ, FR, IT and PT).

Study of the ESF-Intervention, its set-up and impact in Germany (27/05/2013)

This study analyses the specific contribution from the ESF to the promotion of employment opportunities, education and social inclusion in Germany, based on the experience in the 2007-2013 programming period.

Setting and adjusting targets for ESF Operational Programmes - Background paper (26/05/2013)

In preparation of the ESF 2014-2020 multi-annual framework, the European Commission organised a learning seminar on setting and adjusting targets for ESF Operational Programmes. To account for expenditures, indicators on outputs (numbers of participants, entities) and results (numbers of participants finding employment, gaining a qualification etc.) are essential. This background paper discusses methodologies for setting and adjusting quantified cumulative employment targets.

ESF performance target setting and adjusting in social inclusion - Background paper (16/05/2013)

In preparation for the programming period 2014-2020 Member States are required to develop performance indicators and set targets for monitoring the implementation and performance of Operational Programmes (OPs). This background paper summarises the main methodologies for ESF target setting and adjusting in OPs in social inclusion.

Final Synthesis Report on Social Inclusion - ESF Expert Evaluation Network (19/12/2012)

This third Synthesis Report from the ESF Expert Evaluation Network assesses ESF-supported Social Inclusion actions across the 27 Member States on the basis of country reports.

Fondo Sociale Europeo - investire nelle persone (26/10/2012)

Questa brochure presenta il Fondo sociale europeo (FSE) spiegando cos’è, a cosa serve e come le sue attività stanno aiutando molti cittadini di tutta Europa a ottenere nuove competenze e migliorare le proprie prospettive occupazionali.

Final Synthesis Report on Access to Employment - ESF Expert Evaluation Network (01/10/2012)

This second Synthesis Report from the ESF Expert Evaluation Network assesses ESF-supported Access to Employment actions across the 27 Member States on the basis of country reports.

Sweden and the European Social Fund (07/08/2012)

Sweden is using ESF funding to achieve its aim of full employment and a more cohesive society. Education and training initiatives are helping disadvantaged groups, such as the low-qualified, to obtain skills and get into jobs. Sweden is also helping employers and workers to acquire the modern skills and competences they need to ensure sustainable growth in the future.

Ireland and the European Social Fund (07/08/2012)

The economic crisis has le Ireland facing some major challenges. Over EUR 750 million of ESF funding is being channelled into reversing the rapid rise in unemployment seen in recent years. Retraining the workforce with new skills for new industrial sectors, and giving citizens from disadvantaged groups the skills to improve their job prospects, are the two main priorities.

Evaluation of the ESF support to Lifelong Learning (31/07/2012)

This summary relates to a study of the use of the European Social Fund (ESF) to support lifelong learning (LLL) during the 2000-6 and 2007-13 programming periods.

Slovenia and the European Social Fund (11/07/2012)

Slovenia is using ESF funding to address two main challenges. First, it aims to give its workers, its older workers and its young people the skills to benefit from future economic growth. Second, the objective is to ensure that disadvantaged groups – including the Roma – are not left behind, by taking measures to enhance social cohesion.

Slovakia and the European Social Fund (11/07/2012)

Slovakia is using ESF funding to tackle high-levels of long-term unemployment and significant regional disparities. Over EUR 1.7 billion is being invested in a wide range of projects aimed at improving the situation for employment and social inclusion through support for jobs and better access to quality education and lifelong learning opportunities – key factors for future economic growth.

Romania and the European Social Fund (11/07/2012)

Romania is deploying ESF funds to give its people the jobs and skills they need to benefit from the modernisation of its economy and convergence to EU living standards. Projects are addressing a wide range of activities, from education and training to helping the young, older workers and women gain access to work and careers. And Romania is building a fairer society with focused efforts to help poor, rural populations and its Roma citizens to get the same opportunities for education and jobs as everyone else.

Poland and the European Social Fund (11/07/2012)

Poland is using ESF funds to boost the links between science, innovation and industry and to train the highly qualified workers companies need as the economy switches towards more technology-oriented sectors. Reforms to the education and training system are under way to support this effort. And the job prospects of disadvantaged groups are being improved through training and social enterprise.

Malta and the European Social Fund (11/07/2012)

Malta is investing over EUR 131 million in measures aimed at improving the qualifications, skills and active participation of its workforce. With limited natural resources, Malta’s economy is more dependent than others on the quality of its workers and their ability to adapt to changing circumstances. So ESF funding is helping to build a culture of education and training in Malta and encouraging a greater level of participation in working life.

Lithuania and the European Social Fund (11/07/2012)

Lithuania is focusing on ensuring high-quality jobs and social inclusion, promoting lifelong learning, increasing the opportunities for its technical graduates and boosting the efficiency of public administration. Through these activities, ESF funding is helping citizens take an active and equal part in the country’s economic future, with particular attention to those most affected by the recent rise in unemployment.

Latvia and the European Social Fund (11/07/2012)

A key aim of Latvia’s growth strategy is to shift its economy towards more hi-tech industrial sectors as well as boosting exports. In view of this, ESF activities are targeting better jobs for workers, through better education and training. In particular, Latvia is promoting technical careers for young people, and more vocational training for workers, the unemployed and vulnerable groups as a way of improving living standards and avoiding the trap of long-term unemployment.

Hungary and the European Social Fund (11/07/2012)

Hungary has set itself ambitious targets in its bid to build a strong, competitive, dynamic and sustainable economy. Over EUR 4 billion is being invested through ESF programmes to meet the specific challenges that the country is facing – particularly the low percentage of the population in jobs, high long-term unemployment, and persisting inequalities of opportunity between regions and between specific sections of the population.

Hungary and the European Social Fund

Greece and the European Social Fund (11/07/2012)

With ESF support, Greece is taking determined measures to make its companies more competitive and export-led while giving its workers the improved skills they need to find jobs. The education system is helping young people to obtain higher qualifications, and Greece is using lifelong learning as an integral tool to improve job prospects. Furthermore, ESF funding is focused on helping the most vulnerable groups to overcome obstacles to work.

Cyprus and the European Social Fund (10/07/2012)

Cyprus is deploying ESF funding to equip workers with new skills and competences such that they can drive the modernisation of the country’s economy. And support for women, young people, older workers and the lowskilled is helping them get jobs and raise their living standards. At the same time, the education system is being redesigned to raise standards and ensure young Cypriots have the best qualifications and prospects for their future working lives.

Belgium and the European social Fund (10/07/2012)

Belgium is benefiting from more than EUR 1 billion from the ESF to implement employment initiatives across all of the country's Communities and Regions. ESF help will therefore enable it to tackle the problems associated in particular with the low employment rate and the ageing population. Each of the Belgian entities has access to ESF funding to support employment, encourage initial and ongoing training, improve social inclusion and combat all forms of discrimination.

Belgium and the European Social Fund

The United Kingdom and the European Social Fund (13/06/2012)

The UK is investing in employment and education as a means to overcome bottlenecks to growth. As part of this, the UK is deploying over EUR 8.6 billion of ESF funding to help broaden the country’s skills base and open routes to work and success for all citizens, wherever their starting point. Better skills are also targeted as a way of making the British workforce the most adaptable and flexible in the EU.

The United Kingdom and the ESF

Spain and the European Social Fund (13/06/2012)

Spain is using ESF funding to keep workers employed and help job-seekers get back to work. Better education and vocational training are targeted as the means to ensure a more skilled workforce for the future, as are better job prospects for the young, women, the low-skilled and disadvantaged groups – to boost their participation in a more dynamic labour market.

Portugal and the European Social Fund (13/06/2012)

Portugal is modernising its economy while offering all of its people the chance to acquire the new skills that will help them benefit from future growth. The education system is being boosted at all levels, people in work are getting training opportunities, and focused help is available for those social groups facing obstacles to finding a job.

The Netherlands and the European Social Fund (13/06/2012)

With ESF support, the Netherlands is dedicating close to EUR 2 billion to proactive measures to help more people into work and improve skills. Part of this eff ort includes reaching out to disadvantaged groups, and reducing the number of early school leavers. In addition, the Netherlands is encouraging its companies to train workers in new skills and to seek new, innovative ways of improving performance.

Luxembourg and the European Social Fund (13/06/2012)

With ESF support, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg is helping people facing obstacles to work, such as older workers and young people with few qualifications, to improve their skills and job prospects. Boosting a culture of lifelong learning is another priority, to ensure workers can keep their skills up to date and benefit from the job opportunities on offer today and in the future.

L’Italia e il Fondo sociale europeo (13/06/2012)

L’Italia sostiene la creazione di posti di lavoro nelle sue numerose PMI di successo dotando i lavoratori delle competenze necessarie per migliorare la competitività e promuovere la crescita trainata dalle esportazioni. I finanziamenti dell’FSE si concentrano inoltre sull’inserimento nel lavoro delle donne e delle persone appartenenti a gruppi svantaggiati e contemporaneamente creano vincoli saldi tra università, studenti laureati e industria.

Germany and the European Social Fund (13/06/2012)

With ESF support, Germany is dedicating close to EUR 16 billion to proactive measures to meet the challenge of its ageing workforce and ensure continued growth. At federal level, ESF programmes focus on getting more people into work through supporting job creation and entrepreneurship, while in the Länder, young people, skills and education are priorities. Together, these activities are nurturing the highly skilled workers Germany needs for growth, today and for the future.

France and the European Social Fund (13/06/2012)

France receives EUR 5.4 billion of ESF funding to implement employment and training actions on the French mainland and in France’s overseas departments. This ESF support also enables France to fight inequality and to help companies adapt to economic development. These are the stra tegic priorities for boosting growth and strengthening France’s international competitiveness.

Finland and the European Social Fund (13/06/2012)

Finland’s main source of growth over the past decade has been in its dynamic small and medium-sized enterprises which have created over 75 % of new jobs since 1995. ESF funding is supporting enterprise and job creation, with an emphasis on greater ‘internationalisation’, as well as addressing the challenges of a rapidly ageing population, diminishing workforce and long-term unemployment in certain sections of the population.

Estonia and the European Social Fund (13/06/2012)

Estonia is nurturing high-technology and knowledge-based industries and services that need new workers – with the skills and know-how to ensure success and growth. So ESF funding is helping Estonian workers join in and drive this transformation – by off ering opportunities for training and lifelong learning, updating the education system for young people, and ensuring everyone – from all social groups – has the chance to embrace change.

Denmark and the European Social Fund (13/06/2012)

Denmark is spending over EUR 500 million on its ‘More and Better Jobs’ ESF programme to equip more of its people with more and better skills. This is vital to nurture high living standards, improve competitiveness and ensure that an ageing population does not put future growth at risk. Danish ESF spending is also boosting the spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation among many social groups.

The Czech Republic and the European Social Fund (13/06/2012)

ESF funding is helping Czech workers to take an active part in their country’s future growth through improved education and training opportunities, better adaptation of training to the needs of the market, and better job opportunities for all. And improvements to the education system are under way that will equip Czech graduates with the high-level skills needed to thrive in an innovative, competitive economy.

Czech Republic and the ESF

Bulgaria and the European Social Fund (13/06/2012)

Thanks to ESF support, Bulgaria is spending nearly EUR 1.4 billion on measures to support education and training, strengthen its public administration and reduce poverty. This investment is helping Bulgaria boost workers’ skills and prospects and improve public services – particularly those supporting business and employment – thus ensuring all of its citizens, including vulnerable groups like the Roma, can benefit from future growth.

Austria and the European Social Fund (13/06/2012)

With ESF support, Austria is spending EUR 1.1 billion on forward-looking measures to meet the challenge of its ageing workforce and ensure continued growth. ESF programmes focus on getting more people into work through supporting education, training and job creation for the unemployed, women, people with a migration background and other disadvantaged groups.

Evaluation of the reaction of the ESF to the economic and financial crisis (21/05/2012)

This Final Report on the ‘Evaluation of the reaction of the ESF to the economic and financial crisis’ provides an assessment of the part that the ESF has played in helping the EU and Member States respond to the challenges posed by the recent recession.

Poster sui principali campi di attività dell’FSE (06/12/2011)

Questa serie di 6 poster illustra i diversi campi di attività dell’FSE, quali l’inclusione sociale e il sostegno a lavoratori e aziende in fase di mutamento.
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Posters on the main fields of activity of the ESF

Relazioni nazionali N - U: Valutazione del sostegno assicurato dall'FSE per migliorare l'accesso al mercato del lavoro e l'inclusione sociale di immigrati e minoranze etniche (01/05/2011)

Relazioni nazionali sul sostegno assicurato dall'FSE per l'accesso al mercato del lavoro e l'inclusione sociale di immigrati e minoranze etniche.

Country Reports N - U: Evaluation of ESF Support for Enhancing Access to the Labour Market and the Social Inclusion of Migrants and Ethnic Minorities

Relazioni e sintesi: Valutazione del sostegno assicurato dall'FSE per migliorare l'accesso al mercato del lavoro e l'inclusione sociale di immigrati e minoranze etniche (01/05/2011)

Sintesi e relazioni sul sostegno assicurato dall'FSE agli immigrati e alle minoranze etniche, compresa una relazione tematica sui Rom.

Reports and executive summaries: Evaluation of ESF Support for Enhancing Access to the Labour Market and the Social Inclusion of Migrants and Ethnic Minorities

Relazioni nazionali A - L: Valutazione del sostegno assicurato dall'FSE per migliorare l'accesso al mercato del lavoro e l'inclusione sociale di immigrati e minoranze etniche (01/05/2011)

Relazioni nazionali sul sostegno assicurato dall'FSE per l'accesso al mercato del lavoro e l'inclusione sociale di immigrati e minoranze etniche.

Country Reports A - L: Evaluation of ESF Support for Enhancing Access to the Labour Market and the Social Inclusion of Migrants and Ethnic Minorities

Relazione finale, sintesi, monografie nazionali e case study - Valutazione degli interventi di capacity-building amministrativo e istituzionale e delle esigenze future nel contesto dell'FSE (28/04/2011)

Analisi e conclusioni sulle attività di capacity-building dell'FSE e sulle esigenze future.

Final Report, Executive Summaries, Country Monographs and Case Studies - Assessment of administrative and institutional capacity building interventions and future needs in the context of ESF

Developing logics of intervention and related common indicators for the next ESF Operational Programmes (04/04/2011)

The logic of intervention framework developed by this study is presented in a table format so that Operational Programmes (OPs) can be summarised systematically and in a manner that makes the logical flow of the OP, including the choice of indicators, transparent.

Capacity of the ESF delivery systems to attract and support OP target groups (08/03/2011)

The purpose of this evaluation has been to provide knowledge on how ESF delivery systems work in practice, with a view to improving the capacity of the delivery systems in the Member States to attract and support Operational Programme target groups.

Una nuova partenza (16/02/2011)

Quattro vite, quattro percorsi. In questo nuovo fumetto «Una nuova partenza» scoprite in che modo Alex, Nataline, Ivana e Dimitra sono riusciti a cambiare il corso del proprio destino. Scoprite come hanno fatto questi quattro cittadini europei ad accettare una nuova sfida nella vita, grazie al sostegno dell’Europa garantito dal Fondo sociale europeo. Dopo il successo del fumetto «L’occasione di una vita», pubblicato nel 2010 in 23 lingue, la Commissione europea propone questa seconda parte, improntata alla sensibilità e alla tenerezza. Ispirate a episodi di vita reale, queste storie sono state trasformate in immagini da quattro giovani autori di talento: Maud Millecamps, Alexandre Tefenkgi, Vanyda e You, su testi di Rudi Miel. Disponibile nelle 23 lingue ufficiali dell’Unione europea.

Valutazione del sostegno del Fondo sociale europeo all'uguaglianza di genere (24/01/2011)

Valutazione dei 27 Stati membri su sei aspetti della politica in materia di uguaglianza di genere.

Evaluation of the European Social Fund's support to Gender Equality

Relazione finale per la valutazione ex-post del Fondo sociale europeo (2000-2006) (10/12/2010)

Valutazione retrospettiva dei risultati del Fondo sociale europeo 2000-2006.

Final report for the ex-post evaluation of the European Social Fund (2000-2006)

Special Eurobarometer 350 / Wave 73.5 about the European Social Fund (01/11/2010)

Study on the Return on ESF Investment in Human Capital (01/08/2010)

This study applies to human capital investments understood as public expenditures in: (1) education and training of employees, job-seekers and/or inactive people, (2) internships and temporary work placement associated with education or training, and (3) strengthening the capacity of education and training systems and structures.

Mid-term evaluation of the work carried out by the European Commission to communicate on the European Social Fund (ESF) during the programming period 2007-2013 (30/07/2010)

This evaluation examined the ESF I&C activities/tools undertaken and produced by the EC 2007-2009 and indicated if and how activities/tools were used, found to be appropriate and useful by respective target audiences.

Final report

L’occasione di una vita (01/04/2010)

Julie, Viktor, Pedro e Fianne non credono nella cattiva sorte! Ecco come sono riusciti ad andare avanti grazie al sostegno dell’Europa. Ispirate a episodi di vita reale, queste quattro storie a fumetti mostrano che con forza, perseveranza e un piccolo aiuto tutti possono rimettersi in sesto. La loro storia potrebbe essere la vostra! Disegnato con sensibilità e cura da Vanyda, Durieux, Savoia e Gihef su testi di Rudi Miel, «L’occasione di una vita» è un fumetto pubblicato dalla direzione generale per l’Occupazione, gli affari sociali e inclusione della Commissione europea, su iniziativa del Fondo sociale europeo. Disponibile nelle 23 lingue ufficiali dell’Unione europea.

Relazione finale sulla valutazione ex-post dell'iniziativa comunitaria EQUAL (2000-2006) (17/03/2010)

Valutazione retrospettiva dei risultati dell'iniziativa comunitaria EQUAL 2000-2006.

Final report of the ex-post evaluation of the EQUAL Community Initiative (2000-2006)

Eurobarometer survey (01/01/2010)

The majority of Europeans believe the EU can actively help their countries to recover from the impact of the economic downturn. According to a recent opinion survey, more and more people are also aware of the European Social Fund and have their own views on where Europe should be directing its efforts.

Sintesi delle relazioni di valutazione dell'UE-15 su EQUAL nel corso del 2007 e del 2008 (27/11/2009)

Analisi combinata dei rapporti di valutazione EQUAL 2007 e 2008.

Synthesis of EU 15 evaluation reports on EQUAL during 2007 and 2008

Sintesi delle relazioni di valutazione dell'UE-10 su EQUAL dal 2006 al 2009 (09/11/2009)

Risultati, analisi e raccomandazioni basati sui rapporti EQUAL 2006-2009.

Synthesis of EU 10 evaluation reports on EQUAL from 2006 to 2009

Valutazione dell'invito a presentare progetti per la gestione innovativa del cambiamento nell'ambito dell'articolo 6 del regolamento FSE (01/08/2009)

Un esame approfondito dell'invito 2009 a presentare progetti per la gestione innovativa del cambiamento.

Evaluation of Article 6 call for projects on the Innovative Management of Change

Per una vita diversa – L'UE investe nelle persone attraverso il Fondo sociale europeo (01/06/2009)

Cosa fa l’UE in concreto per i suoi cittadini? Investendo in 10 milioni di persone ogni anno nei 27 Stati membri dell’Unione, il Fondo sociale europeo (FSE) risponde in parte a questo interrogativo. Questo libro racconta la storia di 54 persone, due per ciascuno Stato membro, che hanno raccolto le opportunità offerte dalle iniziative finanziate dall’FSE. Le interviste riguardano donne e uomini di ogni fascia d’età, dagli adolescenti ai pensionati, inseriti in comunità urbane o rurali di tutta Europa.La pubblicazione sarà presto disponibile in tutte le lingue ufficiali dell’UE.

Studio sulla pertinenza e sull'affidabilità delle informazioni disponibili per la valutazione ex-post del Fondo sociale europeo (2000-2006) (01/07/2008)

Relazione sulla rilevanza e sull'affidabilità delle informazioni disponibili per la valutazione retrospettiva del Fondo sociale europeo (2000-2006).

Study on the relevance and reliability of available information for the ex-post evaluation of the European Social Fund (2000-2006)

Foglio informativo - Statistiche (01/01/2008)

Questo documento offre una panoramica delle attività del Fondo sociale europeo per il periodo 2007-2013, presentando nel dettaglio le cifre e i fatti salienti relativi al programma. Vengono fornite informazioni sui finanziamenti dell’FSE nel contesto del budget comunitario totale, sulle tipologie di spesa e sugli obiettivi prefissati. Disponibile nelle 23 lingue dell'UE.

ESF - 50 years investing in people (23/08/2007)

This brochure presents the history of the European Social Fund from 1957 to 2007.