Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion

News 28/06/2019

Evaluation of the EU's Employment and Social Innovation Programme (EaSI) confirms its added value

A mid-term evaluation by the Commission confirms the success of the EU Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) in addressing current and future challenges related to the world of work.

Evaluation of the EU's Employment and Social Innovation Programme (EaSI) confirms its added value

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A mid-term evaluation by the Commission confirms the success of the EU Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) in addressing current and future challenges related to the world of work. The evaluation report published today demonstrates that the programme helps to find solutions by providing support to vulnerable groups like young people, long-term unemployed, disabled, migrants, ethnic minorities and women.

EaSI brings a clear EU value added: the programme is able to support projects with a larger scope and scale compared to what is possible at the national level or regional level. It helps to build EU level networks and partnerships, as well as to produce databases, studies, capacity building and mutual learning activities. Moreover, EaSI fosters social innovation and makes labour and financial markets more accessible. Finally, EaSI fills a clear gap in the supply of microcredits and support to social entrepreneurship across the EU.

Marianne Thyssen, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, said: “The EU Programme for Employment and Innovation has steered innovative social projects all across Europe. The instrument provides crucial funding to improve employment and social policies, increase job mobility and support social entrepreneurs. This mid-term evaluation paves the way for a further fine-tuning to make our actions even more effective.”

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