The European Social Fund: Beneficiaries’ Experience in the Current Funding Period

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Series Details PE 626.052
Publication Date June 2018
ISBN 978-92-846-3767-6
EC QA-QA-03-18-181-EN-N-EN-N
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The present note aims to assess how changes introduced in 2013 have (not) improved beneficiaries’ experience in the implementation of the ESF. It takes into account an overview of the changes introduced in common and specific regulations for the 2014-20 funding period; there is an analysis of how the changes affecting beneficiaries have impacted the work of beneficiary organisations across EU Member States.

The results from the desk research, interviews and an online survey show that administrative burdens continue to be an important challenge, notwithstanding the measures adopted for simplification and to support access and participation in ESF interventions. The note identifies possible problem areas as well a list of recommendations to improve intervention effectiveness in the post-2020 funding period.

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This document was commissioned by Policy Department A at the request of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs (EMPL).

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