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The European Social Fund at a glance

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In the founding Treaties of the European Union signed in Rome in 1957, further to the objective of unifying the economies of Europe, provision was also made for efforts to eliminate the social inequalities in the European society by setting up the European Social Fund (ESF).


Six decades later, the ESF is the main financial instrument through which the European Union invests in people, supporting millions of Europeans every year to improve their quality of life.


In Greece, through financing dozens of local, regional and national projects, ESF aims to improve employment opportunities, enhance social inclusion, fight poverty, social inequalities and all forms of discrimination in the labour market, promote education, skills and lifelong learning and reinforce the efficiency of public administration so that citizens receive better services.


What kind of projects are co-financed by ESF in Greece and how does it relate to the PA (ESPA)? How are ESF actions implemented and what is the procedure for participating? Who benefits from ESF?


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Last modification date: 19/09/2018