0.5 C
Ljubljana
sreda, 21 aprila, 2021

EPP Group: More money for education, employment and social inclusion

Yesterday, the Employment and Social Affairs Committee’s members adopted the new European Social Fund Plus (ESF+) that will allow €120.457 billion for education and training, employment and social inclusion.

Designed for the period 2021-2027, it will merge 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.

With regard to education and training, Veronica Lope Fontagné MEP, responsible for the dossier, praised the fact that “the fund resources will focus on active policies promoting equal opportunities and guaranteeing access to lifelong learning, from primary education for children to adult education, facilitating matching skills.”

Access to employment, in particular for young people, is a key priority for which the EPP Group has particularly fought: “After long discussions, we have obtained an increase of the share of aid for youth employment from 10% to 15% in those countries with higher NEETs* rates, focusing on young people who are the hardest to reach. We are also very satisfied because the fund will help to finance very tangible programmes such as dual training systems, and will be used to enhance mobility and job opportunities, facilitating their (re)integration into the labour market.”

The third major part of the fund, social inclusion, has received particular attention: “We have proposed to increase the percentage of the fight against poverty and social exclusion to 27% paying special attention to disadvantaged groups and contributing to increasing accessibility for persons with disabilities. Children will occupy a prominent place in order to enable them to develop their full potential and put an end to the vicious circle of poverty. Furthermore, 3% will be allocated to material assistance and accompanying measures to social inclusion for the most deprived”, said Lope Fontagné.

In practice, Member States will suggest programmes then receive co-financing of up to 85%. “Every single citizen in the European Union counts and we need a targeted approach for all those in need. The ESF+ will be the best tool to reach this objective”, she added.

“For the ESF+ to be used effectively, respect for subsidiarity is essential. This is a priority for the EPP Group, and we are pleased that this fund will allow Member States the flexibility needed to adapt their programmes to their own necessities, taking into account regional specificities within and between regions”, concluded Veronica Lope Fontagné.

* Young people who are Not in Employment, Education or Training.

Sorce: EPP Group

Share

Latest news

Romana Martinčič: Vaccination will curb the epidemic

By: UKOM The press conference on the current COVID-19 situation was attended by the state secretary at the Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and...

Prime Minister Janez Janša on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the Military Service Act: We had three decisive things...

By: Sara Kovač/ Nova24tv “Thirty years ago, when this law was passed, we saw a completely different time before us than we see today, but...

Is the “non-paper” affair also connected with the agreements between Kučan and Milošević? Many signs show that this is indeed the case!

By: Gašper Blažič Although Serbian “vožd” Slobodan Milosević has been dead for fifteen years, his secret cosy deals with Milan Kučan, the only surviving former...

April 27th – a day of great deception

By: Franci Kindlhofer Is it constitutional to violate elementary school students with untruth? The holiday of April 27th is more or less known to all adult...

Related news

Slovenian prime minister Janez Janša condemns extremism after protest in front of Slovenian embassy

By: P.T., STA PM Janez Janša condemned extremism after members of a radical Islamist group in Bosnia and Herzegovina protested in front of the Slovenian...

Director suspended for banning students from using pro-abortion avatars

By V4 Agency Citing the school's internal policy guidelines, a secondary school director in Poland has banned students from using avatars of a political nature...

Concessions to Muslims regarding curfew

By V4 Agency Authorities have been instructed not to penalise Muslims who violate the mandatory curfew during Ramadan. Police and gendarmes in Tarn, France, were informed...

Economy minister to solve labour shortage by immigrants

By V4 Agency Supporting immigration is the easiest way to address steadily deteriorating economic and fertility figures, Italian Economy Minister Daniele Franco says. If immigration...

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Share