The ESF is Europe’s main tool for promoting employment and social inclusion – helping people get a job (or a better job), integrating disadvantaged people into society and ensuring fairer life opportunities for all.
It does this by investing in Europe’s people and their skills – employed and jobless, young and old.
Every year, the Fund helps some 15 million people into work, or to improve their skills to find work in future.
This is important:
In this period, the ESF will provide some €80 billion (in current prices) in funding 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 approved by the European Commission.
Funding is given to a wide range of organisations – public bodies, private companies and civil society – which give people practical help to find a job, or stay in their job.