The European Social Fund + (ESF) aims to support Member States and regions to improve employment and education opportunities, to enhance social inclusion and to tackle poverty.
ESF+ is a combination of four funds that were separate in the 2014-2020 programming period: the European Social Fund (ESF), the Fund for European Aid to the most Deprived (FEAD), the Youth Employment Initiative (YEI) and the European Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI).
The European Social Fund + (ESF) aims to achieve:
ESF+ has a particular focus on:
In all its investments, the ESF+ promotes its overall priorities of gender equality, respect for fundamental rights, equal opportunities and non-discrimination.
ESF+ co-funds local, regional and national employment-related projects and its funding will focus on the following priorities:
Education and Skills
Civil society organisations, public authorities or bodies, social security institutions and employment services, as well as microfinance institutions and institutions providing finance to social enterprises or other social investment actors.
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€99 billion over 7 years.
ESF+ is a co-financed programme, meaning that EU funding must be matched by a set percentage of national funding.
Not yet decided, information will follow soon.
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