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The European Social Fund is 60 years old

Mar 22, 2017 | News

(22 March 2017) – The year 2017 marks the 60th anniversary of the European Social Fund (ESF), Europe’s oldest and main instrument to invest in people.


The European Social Fund is the European Union’s oldest fund, and was established together with the Treaty of Rome in 1957, with the aim to improve job opportunities for workers and to raise their standard of living.

In the past 60 years, the European Social Fund has helped millions of Europeans find a job, gain a qualification or certificate and increase their skills levels.

These outcomes are achieved through many thousands of projects carried out everywhere in Europe. AEIDL coordinates the ESF Transnational Platform, which promotes cooperation between these projects.

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