Social Inclusion - ESF

Programme description

Better and more accessible public services for the most disadvantaged groups is central to Italy’s ESF strategy for social inclusion.

Italy’s ESF operational programme (OP) for social inclusion will contribute substantially to meeting EU and national targets on poverty reduction. Planned investment includes an experimental minimum income support scheme, better quality and standards in the provision of social services, and specific measures aimed at Roma and the homeless to put them on pathways to autonomous lives. The OP has a budget of EUR 1238 million. The Inclusione OP has several priority areas, including:

  • Supporting deprived and extremely marginalised people both in the more developed and the less developed Italian regions. Over 87% of funding is dedicated to this area. Beneficiaries of the new, experimental minimum income initiative will be supported through ‘activation’ measures to improve skills and employability and thus their chances of finding work and becoming self-supporting. Targeted health and social services will be deployed to help extremely marginalised groups, such as Roma and immigrants. Some 10 000 homeless are expected to receive help.
  • Implementing new systems and models for social intervention. This includes defining quality standards for public services geared towards disadvantaged groups, such as Roma. It will also support social economy initiatives and help overcome the current fragmentation in the provision of health and social services.
  • Some 1200 public servants and stakeholders will benefit from training and new competences to boost their ability to deliver services, in particular to disadvantaged groups. Expert assistance will also be funded for this.

The OP will substantially improve social inclusion and the quality of social services in Italy. At least 260 000 deprived people will benefit. It will produce less fragmentation in delivery and a new, nationwide database for social service provision. Its support for innovative projects in the social economy is expected to provide models for improving services at national and regional levels.

Programme text

Programma Operativo Nazionale Inclusione







Friuli-Venezia Giulia







Provincia Autonoma di Bolzano/Bozen

Provincia Autonoma di Trento






Valle d'Aosta/Vallée d'Aoste



ESF: 916,418,305.00 €

Thematic priorities

TA - Technical Assistance

TO11 - Better public administration

TO9 - Social inclusion

Financial information

Total OP budget: 1,269,039,551.00 €

Total EU contribution: 916,418,305.00 €

Managing Authority

Ministero del Lavoro e delle Politiche Sociali - Divisione II Politiche per l'inclusione e la promozione della coesione sociale

Via Fornovo, 8

Roma RM

+39 06 4683 1

Head of unit

CCI number: 2014IT05SFOP001