As part of the European Semester (the framework for the coordination of economic policies across the EU), the European Commission presents every year each EU countries with a set of country-specific recommendations providing policy guidance on how to boost jobs and growth, while maintaining sound public finances. This study assesses the support that the European Structural and Investment (ESI) Funds have made to the implementation of the country-specific recommendations and structural reforms.
This discussion paper scrutinises practices of EU Member States concerning risk profiling and outreach activities by building on an extensive literature review on tackling long-term unemployment.
This guide to process evaluation and lean fund management outlines the perspective of Systems Thinking in the management of EU Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF).
This thematic report has been prepared in the frame of the “ESF Performance and thematic reports” contract. The aim of this thematic report is to shed light on the contribution of the European Social Fund (ESF) 2014-2020 to Social Innovation (SI), including how social innovation has been integrated into ESF programming and how this was reflected in the first years of implementation. A second goal is to assess how SI contributes to the effective implementation of the policies in the ESF’s scope.
The objective of the study is to provide an assessment of the implementation of ESF monitoring and evaluation systems in the Member States for the 2014-2020 programming period and to make proposals on how to improve these systems for the post 2020 period. To this end, three assumptions are considered: a) the scope and delivery mechanism of the ESF remains unchanged, b) ESF is merged in a single fund encompassing most of the human capital activities of the EU, and c) ESF is implemented through conditional support. The full report of the study is available here.