Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion


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The European Commission provides funding for projects relating to employment, social affairs and social inclusion through the following programmes.

European Social Fund (ESF)

The ESF funds projects designed to help people improve their work skills and job prospects. To apply, public and private organisations should contact the ESF managing authorities in their country. The European Commission sets funding priorities but is not directly involved in selecting projects.

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ESF in your country

European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF)

The EGF helps workers made redundant as a result of changing global trade patterns to find another job as quickly as possible. Individuals or companies affected by redundancy and wishing to apply for funding should contact their national authority.

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Funding 2021-2027

The Commission has proposed a simpler and more integrated European Social Fund (ESF+) and a revised European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF). They are part of the Commission’s proposals for the 2021-2027 multi-annual financial framework (MFF) adopted on 2 May 2018. The proposals are currently being discussed by the European Parliament and the Council of the EU.

EU Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI)

The EU Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) is a European-level financing instrument managed directly by the European Commission to support employment, social policy and labour mobility across the EU. To apply for funding, eligible organisations must respond to a call for tenders or/and to a call for proposals.

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Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD)

The FEAD supports EU countries' actions to provide material assistance to the most deprived. National authorities select the partner organisations that deliver the assistance, based on national programmes for 2014-2020 approved by the Commission.

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Social dialogue

The Commission supports projects in the field of social dialogue and industrial relations at both European and national level – provided that the latter have a sufficiently strong transnational/European dimension – through three budget headings. Calls for proposals are organised yearly for the budget headings on Industrial Relations and social dialogue, Information and training measures for workers' organisations, and Information, consultation and participation of representatives of undertakings.

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