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A new Social Fund

May 30, 2018 | News

(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.

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