Poverty reduction is one of the headline targets of the Europe 2020 strategy. The concrete target is "at least 20 million fewer people in or at risk of poverty and social exclusion by 2020". Although a very small Fund by EU standards (almost €3.8 billion for 2014-2020), the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD) has been set up to contribute to achieving this target. Its specific objective is to alleviate the worst forms of poverty in the EU and to promote the social inclusion of the most deprived persons. The Fund provides material support and social inclusion measures to the target group. This report is the Interim Report of the mid-term evaluation in 2018.
The present thematic report is the second deliverable prepared in the frame of the “ESF Performance and Thematic Reports” contract.
The aim of the report is to assess the contribution of the ESF to the objectives set out in the New Skills Agenda. The study addresses the following four questions.
Employment has reached record highs in Europe with more than 236 million Europeans at work. Yet, large disparities remain between countries or age groups. At the same time, employers report difficulties in finding people with the right skills. So there is still work to do. The Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) is a clear expression of the Commission's firm commitment to create jobs and growth and improve social conditions across Europe. This 8th report showcases 7 successful and inspiring projects supported by EaSI in 2014-2017.
The study presents a comparative overview of the key characteristics and performance of the national administrations in the EU. It explores five dimensions of the public institutions in EU countries: transparency and accountability, organisation, policy making, human resources management and service delivery. The analysis is based on systematic evidence that was collected by an EC research project between end 2016 and April 2017. The quantitative and qualitative information maps the similarities and differences among the 28 EU Member States with regard to size of government, scope and structure of public administration, key features of the civil service system, the politico-administrative context and especially an indicator-based assessment of government capacity and performance in the five dimensions of administrative reform. This overview is a first step to understand better the specific characteristics, functioning and change dynamics of public administration across the EU Member States.
The Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD) offers assistance to some of the most vulnerable persons in the EU. The assistance may take the form of food, clothing and other essentials, accompanied by advice, counselling or other help to re-integrate into society.
This catalogue provides a snapshot of FEAD-funded initiatives across the EU but also highlights how they can potentially complement other EU-funded programmes such as the European Social Fund.