The ESF is Europe’s main instrument for supporting jobs, helping people get better jobs and ensuring fairer job opportunities for all EU citizens. It works by investing in Europe’s human capital – its workers, its young people and all those seeking a job.
Every year, the ESF helps around 15 million citizens to get a job or to improve their skills to do so in the future.
The ESF plays an important role in:
The ESF will provide €80 billion (in current prices) in funding over 2014-2020 to:
The ESF strategy and budget are negotiated and decided on jointly by EU governments, the European Parliament and the Commission.
Its 7-year operational programmes are planned by governments and the European Commission.
Funding is given to a wide range of organisations – public and private – which provide people with practical help to find a job, or stay in their job.