(30 May 2018) – For the next long-term EU budget, the Commission proposes to strengthen the Union’s social dimension with a renewed European Social Fund, the ‘European Social Fund Plus’ (ESF+), worth €101.2 billion.
The European Social Fund Plus will focus on investment in people and support the delivery of the European Pillar of Social Rights.
It “will be a more flexible and simpler version of the current European Social Fund” by merging a number of existing funds and programmes:
– the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Youth Employment Initiative (YEI);
– the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD);
– the EU Programme for Employment and Social Innovation;
– the EU Health Programme.