Until 19 December organisations can contribute to the public consultation launched by the Commission to evaluate how the European Social Fund (ESF) supported social inclusion in the 2014-2018 period. The survey is available online in all official languages of the EU.
The ESF is Europe’s main instrument for supporting jobs, improve their quality and ensuring fairer job opportunities for all EU citizens. It works by investing in Europe’s human capital – its workers, its young people and all those seeking a job. ESF financing of EUR 10 billion a year is improving job prospects for millions of Europeans, in particular those who find it difficult to get work.
The consultation will assess:
- how the ESF promotes social inclusion (integrating disadvantaged people into society and ensuring fairer life opportunities for all) and how it combats poverty/discrimination;
- structural reforms;
- the visibility, usefulness, relevance, value for money and effectiveness of ESF measures
- whether the persons most in need of assistance were adequately reached (including geographically);
- which type of support has been the most effective.
The information collected will be used in assessing what has been achieved during the 2014-2018 period. It will also help the Commission to draw lessons on how to reinforce this support in the future, making it more effective and focused.