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The role of the European Social Fund in the programming period 2014-2020

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In the Programming Period 2014-2020, the role of the European Social Fund to boost employment, promote education and lifelong learning, enhance social inclusion, combating poverty and improve public administration, not only remains important but is also reinforced.


ESF investments are fully aligned with “Europe 2020” objectives for employment, education and poverty reduction.


In this context and according to the relevant Regulation:

  • In each category of regions a minimum percentage of the budget is allocated for ESF actions.
  • A minimum percentage 20% of the ESF is dedicated to promoting social inclusion and combating poverty.
  • Emphasis is put on the fight against youth unemployment, especially of young people not in education, employment or training. 
  • The impact of the ESF in the daily lives of European citizens is strengthened. 
  • The active participation of social partners and civil society to ESF investments is encouraged.


Last modification date: 09/10/2018

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