Key elements of the Commission proposal for the future ESF 2014-2020 Franz Pointner, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion. Legislative package. The General Regulation Common provisions for cohesion policy, the rural development policy and the maritime and fisheries policy
The General Regulation
Common provisions for cohesion policy, the rural development policy and the maritime and fisheries policy
Common provisions for cohesion policy only (ERDF, CF, ESF)
Fund specific regulations
ESF regulation + YEI
In 2010, 10 million people were reached out
… Reinforced Integrated Programming
Performance framework and reserve
Joint Action Plan
… Thematic Concentration
18 Investment priorities in 4 thematic objectives
Promoting employment and supporting labour mobility
Promoting social inclusion and combating poverty
Investing in education, skills and lifelong learning
4. Enhancing institutional and administrative capacities
ESF contribution to the other thematic objectives notably:
Supporting an environmentally sustainable economy (low carbon…)
Enhancing the accessibility, use and quality of ICT
Strengthening research and innovation
4. Enhancing the competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprisesScope
Aim: fight youth unemployment in EU regions NUTS level 2 with >25% youth unemployment rate in 2012 (Eurostat data).
Budget: EUR 3 bn ESF +3 bn from new budget line within MFF sub-heading 1b.
YEI aims to directly support the Youth Employment Package, in particular the Youth Guarantee(Council political agreement 28 February)
to the ESF Reg. (1)
New chapter (III bis) on YEI + separate Annex 2 on indicators + new recital
YEI will target actions to individualsonly (not systems).
- NEETs (aged 15-24);
- inactive or unemployed (+long-term);
- registered or not as job seekers;
- residing in the eligible regions.
Concrete policy measuresto be supported by the YEI will be discussed with Member States in the context of ESF OP negotiations
BUT: direct and speedy results expected
to the ESF Reg. (2)
Additional flexibility element introduced: MS may direct up to 10% of their YEI allocation (ESF + top-up) outside the eligible regions, to support e.g. young persons residing in big cities.
YEI top-up calculated proportionally to the number of young unemployed in the regions (fixed once, at the start).
ESF allocation at least equal to the share of the top-up for the region concerned, possibly greater
BUT:the top-up cannot increase.
YEI separate budget line allocation not taken into account for thematic concentration.
to the ESF Reg. (3)
MS chooses to programme YEI as either:
- a dedicated priority axis,
- a part of a priority axis or
- a dedicated OP (volume).
National co-financing rates apply only to the ESF part (not the top-up).
If several categories of regions in one Member State => the highest co-financing rate applies.
Additional monitoring and evaluation arrangements + indicators for YEI (new Annex 2).
Other provisions: financial management, technical assistance, publicity.
Only limited amendments. A new recital is introduced.
Article 18: Performance reserve shall not apply to the YEI.
Article 83-84: introducing the resources for the YEI
Article 93: public support threshold for JAPs provision does not apply for YEI.
Annex V: a new ex-ante conditionality criterion under TO8 is introduced. It requires that MS have a comprehensive strategic policy framework underpinning the Youth Employment Package and the Youth Guarantee.
All other CPR provisions, including those related to macro-economic conditionalities, also apply to the YEI.
EP opinion on the amendments
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