|Author (Corporate)||Council of the European Union, European Parliament|
|Series Title||Official Journal of the European Union|
|Series Details||L 231, Pages 21-59|
|Content Type||Blog, Legislation, News, Policy-making|
Regulation (EU) 2021/1057 - formally adopted by the European Union on 24 June 2021 - establishing the European Social Fund Plus (ESF+) programme for the period 2021-2027.
This programme aims to reflect calls to strengthen the European Union's social dimension. It is intended to be the main instrument to invest in people and to implement the European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR). The original draft law was tabled by the European Commission on 30 My 2018 in the framework of the discussions concerning the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) for 2021-2027. It proposed to set up the new programme by merging the European Social Fund (ESF), the Youth Employment Initiative (YEI), the Fund for European Aid to the most Deprived (FEAD), the Employment and Social Innovation Programme (EaSI) and the EU Health Programme. The plenary of the European Parliament adopted a negotiating position on 16 January 2019.
An amended proposal was tabled on 28 May 2020 to account for the effects of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic in the context of the Recovery Plan for Europe. This event inflicted a shock to the EU economy and the proposed programme was seen as an important tool in supporting socioeconomic recovery in the aftermath of the crisis. The amended draft law did not foresee the merging of the Health Programme into the ESF Plus, standing instead as a separate scheme. A number of temporary measures for the use of the ESF Plus were included in response to exceptional and unusual circumstances. The programme was also foreseen as complementary to the activity developed by the SURE programme. This Regulation repeals Regulation (EU) No 1296/2013.
An informal agreement between the co-legislators on a compromise text concerning this draft law was reached on 28 January 2021. This was endorsed by the Council of the European Union on 27 May, followed by the European Parliament on 8 June. The Act was formally signed by the co-legislators on 24 June 2021 and published in the Official Journal on 30 June 2021.
|Subject Categories||Employment and Social Affairs|
|Subject Tags||Multiannual Financial Framework [MFF], Social Europe | European Pillar of Social Rights [EPSR]|
|Keywords||European Social Fund Plus [ESF+], MFF 2021-2027
|International Organisations||European Union [EU]|