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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

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Key elements of the Commission proposal for the future ESF2014-2020Franz Pointner, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion

legislative package
Legislative package

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

ERDF regulation

CF regulation

ESF regulation + YEI

ETC regulation

EGTC regulation

guiding political principles of the reform
Guiding political principles of the reform
  • Concentration on Europe 2020 Strategy
  • Focus on results
  • Better coordination and harmonisation between the funds
  • Simplification
geographical coverage of support
Geographical coverage of support
  • Three categories of regions
    • Less developed regions (GDP per capita < 75% of EU average)
    • Transition regions (GDP per capita between 75% and 90%)
    • More developed regions (GDP per capita > 90%)
esf minimum shares
ESF - minimum shares
  • At least 25% of the Cohesion envelope for the ESF  € 84 billion
    • (25% for the less developed regions, 40% for the transition regions and 52% for the more developed regions)
  • Why?
    • Important contribution to the Europe 2020 strategy and its headline targets
    • Key factor for medium term growth (OECD)
    • Expression of European solidarity

In 2010, 10 million people were reached out

focus on
Focus on …

… Reinforced Integrated Programming

… Results

Performance framework and reserve



Joint Action Plan

… Conditionality

… 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 enterprises

esf specific issues
ESF specific issues
  • Ensuring a strong involvement of social partners and NGOs
  • Gender equality and non discrimination at the core of the ESF
  • Transnationality and social Innovation
  • Reinforcing the territorial approach
  • Specific provisions for financial management

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)

Available 2014-2020

Proposed amendments

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).

Target group:

- 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

Proposed amendments

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.

Proposed amendments

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.

Proposed amendments to the CPR

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.

Discussions in Council working group (SAWP)

EP opinion on the amendments

Commission position