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The European Social Fund has helped almost 10 million Europeans to find a job between 2007 and 2014


The European Commission has published an evaluation report of investments under the European Social Fund (ESF) during the 2007-2013 period, with specific reports for each Member State.

The report shows that by the end of 2014, at least 9.4 million European residents found a job with support from the Fund. 8.7 million gained a qualification or certificate. Other positive results, such as increased skills levels, were reported by 13.7 million participants.

According to the evaluation, between 2007-2014, the European Social Fund has provided essential support to implementing national and EU priorities for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, including the Europe 2020 targets and country-specific recommendations in the framework of the European Semester.

Valdis Dombrovskis, Vice-President for the Euro and Social Dialogue, said: "Today's report shows that the European Social Fund has, within 7 years, helped millions of Europeans find jobs, acquire extra skills and qualifications. The European Social Fund had an essential role in the functioning of labour markets in all Member States, it helped modernise employment services, supported education systems and general public administration, and supported the most disadvantaged in society. We should now build on this experience to invest in Europe's human capital - workers, young people and all those looking for a job."

Marianne Thyssen, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, commented: "Today's evaluation proves that the European Social Fund makes a real difference in the lives of Europeans. It is our main instrument to invest in human capital. Thanks to European support, millions of people have found a job, improved their skills or found their way out of poverty and social exclusion. It is solidarity at its best."

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Last modification date: 12/1/2017