Brussels, 21 October 2014
European Social Fund: more than €2.6 billion to boost employment and social inclusion in Germany
The European Commission has today adopted the German federal Operational Programme for the implementation of the European Social Fund (ESF) in the period 2014-2020. This programme outlines the priorities and objectives to spend over €4.8 billion (of which over €2.6 billion from the ESF), contributing to creating jobs and strengthening social cohesion across Germany. This national programme will be supplemented by 16 regional programmes that will address specific challenges in the Länder.
Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion László Andor commented: "I am happy to see that Germany is placing particular emphasis on facilitating the transition from school to work for disadvantaged young people, helping the long-term unemployed get back to work and supporting social inclusion. The actions in this programme will make a major contribution to the implementation of the Youth Guarantee in Germany."
The main objectives of the German ESF Operational Programme at federal level are the promotion of employment, social inclusion and education. The programme will contribute to the following priorities:
On 22 May the European Commission adopted a "partnership agreement" with Germany setting out the strategy for optimum use of European Structural and Investment Funds in the country's regions and cities for 2014-2020 and the synergies between this federal-level programme and the 16 regional programmes (IP/14/594).
The European Social Fund (ESF), worth over €80 billion in the 2014-20 period, plays a fundamental role in supporting Member States' investment in human capital and thereby in strengthening the competitiveness of the European economy as it emerges from the crisis. Every year the ESF assists more than 15 million people by helping them to upgrade their skills, facilitating their integration into the labour market, combating social exclusion and poverty and increasing the effectiveness of public administrations.
In 2014-2020, for the first time in the history of EU Cohesion Policy, a minimum budget representing at least 23.1 % (at EU level) of Cohesion Policy funding has been allocated to the ESF — see MEMO/14/84.
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