Amended Proposal for a Regulation on the European Social Fund Plus (ESF+)

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Series Details COM (2020) 447
Publication Date 28/05/2020
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Legislative initiative published by the European Commission on 28 May 2020, which proposes a number of amendments to the original proposal setting up the European Social Fund Plus (ESF+) for the period 2021-2027, in light of the consequences of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.

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The pandemic inflicted a profound, exogenous and asymmetrical shock to the economy of the European Union (EU). The European Commission adopted a revised proposal for the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) 2021-2027 to be in a better position to support socioeconomic recovery in the forthcoming years. The pandemic is to have a lasting impact on social inequalities, poverty and unemployment.

It was thus deemed necessary to amend the proposal on the ESF+ programme in order to adapt it to the Recovery Package, while enabling strategic investments in employment and social policies and systems. The Health Programme was separated to stand on its own as a separate scheme, and a number of temporary measures for the use of the ESF+ are proposed in response to exceptional and unusual circumstances. The ESF+ is also to complement the activity developed by the SURE programme.

The Council of the European Union's committee of representatives adopted a partial position on this draft law on 22 July (as it excludes relating financial elements).

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European Commission: EU budget for recovery: Questions and answers on REACT-EU, cohesion policy post-2020 and the European Social Fund+ (28 May 2020)
General Secretariat of the Council: ESF Plus Regulation (amended proposal) - Partial mandate for negotiations with the European Parliament
European Parliament: Legislative Observatory: Procedure File for Proposal on European Social Fund Plus (ESF+) 2021–2027

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