The European Social Fund Plus (ESF+) aims to support member states and regions to improve employment and education opportunities, to enhance social inclusion and to tackle poverty.
This call for proposals is financed under the Employment and Social Innovation("EaSI") strand of the ESF+ which is a European-level financing instrument. It provides financial support to achieve high employment levels, fair social protection, a skilled and resilient workforce ready for the future world of work, as well as inclusive and cohesive societies aiming to eradicate poverty.
This call supports the coordination of activities of the European social partners in the EURES network.
The overall objectives of the call topic are to facilitate workers' intra-EU labour mobility, to boost employment opportunities as well as to support the implementation of the EURES Regulation. The ultimate goal of the call is to facilitate the job matching, placement and recruitment process on a fair basis.
This topic covers activities of European social partner organisations which are observers in the Advisory Committee on Free Movement of Workers to inform about, coordinate and to facilitate intra-EU labour mobility among their member organisations and to ensure that those member organisations, which are also part of the EURES network, are well aligned to the objectives of EURES and/or become EURES members or partners admitted by the national EURES Coordination Offices.
Proposals under this topic must support at least one of these activities:
(1) To improve the visibility and awareness of EURES targeted at their members, in line with the EURES communications strategy. The campaign should have the clear goal to increase the use of the services offered by the EURES portal and network
(2) To cooperate with other organisations in EURES-related activities such as recruitment events.
(3) To improve client services provided by social partner organisations to mobile and cross-border workers, bearing in mind good practices and the developments relating to admission systems for EURES Members and Partners
In addition, proposals under this topic can support any of the following activities:
(4) To organise stakeholder events relating to intra-EU labour mobility, EURES, cross-border partnerships and cooperation in this area, bringing together representatives of employers' organisations, trade unions, public and private employment services and public authorities, with a view to reporting to the Commission on data, findings and recommendations.
(5) To support exchange of best practices and mutual learning on the development of new or better services for jobseekers and employers, to be provided by social partners or other organisations in the context of chapter V of the EURES Regulation.
(6) To provide recruitment assistance through their staff to jobseekers and employers, such as:
o Recruiting workers and attracting employers.o Identifying suitable job vacancies or CVs.
o Helping to draft CV's, job applications, and job vacancies.
o Matching CVs and vacancies
(7) To provide guidance and information, to potential mobile jobseekers and their employers, on:
o living and working conditions, including general information on social security, taxation, labour law and administrative procedures regarding employment.
o apprenticeships, traineeships and access to vocational education and training.
(8) Participate in the coordination meetings of the of EURES cross-border partnerships.
The available call budget is EUR 12 000 000. This budget might be increased by maximum 20%. We expect to fund between 10 and 15 proposals.
In order to be eligible, applicants must:
+ be legal entities (public or private bodies)
+ be established in one of the eligible countries, i.e.:
Social partner organisations without legal personality under the applicable national law of above-mentioned countries are also eligible, provided that the conditions of the Financial Regulation related thereto are met (Article 197(2)(c) of the Financial Regulation).
Applicants (single applicant or lead and co-applicants) must be social partners, established at European level and represented in the Advisory Committee on Free Movement of Workers, i.e.:
+The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC)
+The Confederation of European Business (BUSINESSEUROPE)
+European Association of Craft, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEunited)
+European Centre of Employers and Enterprises providing Public Services and Services of general interest (CEEP)
Actions may involve consortia. Proposals may be submitted by a consortium whilst applications by single applicants (mono-beneficiary) are allowed.
Projects should normally have a duration of 24 months (extensions are possible, if duly justified and through an amendment).