Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion

EU Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI)

The Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) programme is a financing instrument at EU level to promote a high level of quality and sustainable employment, guaranteeing adequate and decent social protection, combating social exclusion and poverty and improving working conditions.

For the period 2021 – 2027 the EaSI programme will become a strand under the European Social Fund Plus (ESF+).

Structure and funding

EaSI is managed directly by the European Commission. It brings together three EU programmes managed separately between 2007 and 2013: PROGRESS, EURES and Progress Microfinance.

As of January 2014, these programmes form the three axes of EaSI. They support:

The total budget for 2014-2020 is EUR 919,469,000 in 2013 prices.

Objectives

  • Strengthen ownership of EU objectives and coordination of action at EU and national level in the areas of employment, social affairs and inclusion.
  • Support the development of adequate social protection systems and labour market policies.
  • Modernise EU legislation and ensure its effective application.
  • Promote geographical mobility and boost employment opportunities by developing an open labour market.
  • Increase the availability and accessibility of microfinance for vulnerable groups and micro-enterprises, and increase access to finance for social enterprises.

In pursuing these objectives, EaSI will:

  • pay particular attention to vulnerable groups, such as young people,
  • promote equality between women and men,
  • combat discriminations,
  • promote a high level of quality and sustainable employment,
  • guarantee adequate and decent social protection,
  • combat long-term unemployment,
  • fight against poverty and social exclusion.

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