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The European Social Fund Plus (ESF+) is the EU’s main instrument for investments for building a more social, resilient and inclusive Europe the period 2021-2027 with a budget of 88 billion €. The ESF Plus thereby contributes to financing the implementation of the principles from the European Pillar for Social Rights.

The ESF+ aims at supporting EU Member States to recover from the consequences of COIVD-19 with regards to the areas of employment, education and skills as well as social inclusion enabling the transition to a green, sustainable and digital economy.

In detail, the ESF+ will:

Invest in young people, who have been particularly hard hit by the socio-economic crisis following the COVID-19 outbreak.

Promote social inclusion by supporting the most vulnerable suffering from job losses and income reductions.

Provide food and basic material assistance to the most deprived.

Invest in children who have suffered the effects of COVID-19.

Support social innovation, social entrepreneurship and cross border labour mobility, via the new Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) pillar of the ESF Plus with a dedicated financial envelope of €676 million.

  • EaSI will fund analytical activities, capacity building and transnational/cross-border cooperation to strengthen social protection and social inclusion, fair working conditions, equal access to the labour market and to enhance labour mobility.

Examples of funded projects funded by the European Social Fund (forerunner in the period 2014-2020 of the ESF+) are to be found here.

Calls for proposals in ESF+ will be published
on the EU’s Funding and Tenders Portal.

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