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

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Series Details COM (2018) 382
Publication Date 30/05/2018
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Legislative proposal published by the European Commission on 30 May 2018 setting up the European Social Fund Plus (ESF+) for the period 2021-2027.

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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 proposed ESF+ Regulation is the result of a merger of the existing 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.

This proposal was put forward in the framework of the discussions and initiatives on the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) for the period 2021-2027. The European Parliament approved its negotiating position on this draft law on 16 January 2019.

+ Proposals from the European Commission on the MFF 2021-2027, May 2018

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Commentary and Analysis
EPRS: Briefing, October 2018: Initial Appraisal of a European Commission Impact Assessment
EPRS: Briefing, March 2019: European Social Fund Plus (ESF+) 2021-2027
EurActiv, 27.06.18: An EU budget to protect people in poverty or our defence and security industries?

EurActiv, 31.05.18: Commission defends Cohesion-European Semester link, with suspended payments option

European Commission: Press Release, 30.05.18: A new Social Fund, Globalisation Adjustment Fund and Justice, Rights and Values Fund
EUR-Lex: SWD(2018)289: Impact assessment
European Commission: Questions and Answers on the new Social Fund and Globalisation Adjustment Fund for the period 2021-2027
European Commission: Speech by Commissioner Thyssen presenting the European Social Fund Plus and the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund under the next long-term EU budget
European Parliament: Legislative Observatory: Procedure File on European Social Fund Plus (ESF+) 2021–2027
EP: Legislative Train: Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the European Social Fund Plus (ESF+)
European Parliament: Press Release, 16.01.19: MEPs want to EU to invest more in young people

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