The European Social Fund (ESF) budget has increased in the current programming period to EUR 86.4 billion, but has it proved to be sufficiently flexible in responding to the challenges during the different crises the EU has had to tackle since 2008? The workshop will discuss the following issues at stake: Should the ESF's scope be expanded? Should the ESF remain an integral part of the EU's cohesion policy? How can multi-level governance in the ESF's management be ensured? To what extent will the ESF be used in the implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights?
by the moderator, Ljiljana Simic, Interculturalist and EU institutional anthropologist
Loris Di Pietrantonio, Head of Unit for the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD): Policy and Legislation, European Commission's Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion
Nathalie Sarrabezolles, President of the Finistère Departmental Council, France, and CoR member
Catiuscia Marini, President of the PES Group in the European Committee of the Regions and President of the Umbria Region, Italy, CoR co-rapporteur on the Common Provisions Regulation for the for the 2021-2027 period
by Catiuscia Marini