The European Social Fund (ESF)Written by German
The European Social Fund (ESF) is the European Union's main financial instrument for social policy and investment in people.
The ESF supports measures
- to prevent and combat unemployment
- to expand the range of training on offer
- and for an improved functioning of the labour market.
With the aim of promoting and employing, ESF invests in education, skills and lifelong learning. The priorities are gender equality, active ageing and inclusion, adaptation to change, technical assistance and reducing early school leaving. The ESF is one of the European Union's Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) alongside the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD), the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) and the Cohesion Fund.