11 October 2017

 European Committee of the Regions   see on a map
   Rue Belliad 101, B-1040 Brussels

While promoting social inclusion and combatting poverty is a common thematic objective for all Structural Funds, the European Social Fund (ESF) is the main fund used to deliver on the EU's poverty reduction targets. 

The implementation and evaluation of the delivered results will be decisive in the discussions on the post-2020 programming period, for which the 7th Cohesion Report, to be presented by the European Commission alongside the European Week of Regions and Cities, will be the starting point.

The workshop will discuss with policy makers, experts, practitioners and other stakeholders how effectively social inclusion measures (including those for the integration of marginalised groups, access to health and social services of general interest as well as access to sustainable and quality employment, or those for the promotion of social entrepreneurship and community-led local development) are implemented with the help of the European Social Fund in the 2014-2020 period and what lessons can be learned for the next programming period. It will also make the case for a strong budget for social investments in the future, in order to guarantee social convergence.

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Further reading


Briefing by the European Parliament Research Service
February 2017


Study by the European Parliament's Committee on Employment and Social Affairs
February 2017

Opportunities and limitations

In-depth analysis by the European Parliament Research Service
May 2016


Paper by the European Policy Centre
February 2017


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