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Luxembourg, 26 February 2013


Are tools in place to monitor the effectiveness of European Social Fund (ESF) spending on older workers?

The European Social Fund is a key financial instrument designed to help the Member States achieve EU employment policy objectives. Its aims are to promote the integration in the labour market of the unemployed and disadvantaged, primarily by supporting training activities. From 2007 to the end of 2013, ESF spending will amount to over 75 billion, representing around 8 % of the total EU budget. Six programmes with a value of 222 million were selected for audit, and covered four Member States (Germany, Italy, Poland and the United Kingdom).

European Court of Auditors (ECA) special reports are published throughout the year, presenting the results of selected audits of specific EU budgetary areas or management topics.

This special report (SR 25/2012) entitled “Are tools in place to monitor the effectiveness of European Social Fund spending on older workers?” assessed whether the Member States and the Commission had set up and implemented the tools required to assess the effectiveness of the European Social Fund (ESF) actions geared towards older workers during the programming period. It focused on the content of the operational programmes and in particular on the quantified operational objectives and indicators, as well as on the monitoring and evaluation systems.

The main conclusions and recommendations of the report will be presented to the press by Mr Lazaros Lazarou, Member of the Court.

Tuesday, 05 March 2013 at 10:30

VENUE The RESIDENCE PALACE - International Press Centre


155, rue de la Loi,
1040 Brussels – Belgium

A PRESS KIT, consisting of the Special Report and a press release, will be made available for the press briefing. The Special Report will be published on the Court's website,, in 22 official languages.

INTERPRETATION will be available in French and English.

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