Funding Period 2014-2020

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The current European Social Fund funding period, lasting through to 2020, is characterised by:

To implement the goals, Germany submitted the "German federal Operational Programme for the implementation of the European Social Fund in the funding period 2014-2020" (Federal ESF OP), which was approved by the European Commission on 21 October, 2014. This Operational Programme lays the foundation for ESF funding in Germany through to 2020. Led by the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, the following ministries are also involved in the development and delivery of the German Federal ESF OP: Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community and the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety.

In this funding period, the ESF will place emphasis on helping to secure the supply of skilled workers, promoting social inclusion and combating poverty. Other priority areas include supporting self-employment, ensuring a healthy work-life balance and improving the level of educational attainment and life-long learning.

The three thematic objectives are:

A: Promoting sustainable and quality employment and supporting labour mobility

B: Promoting social inclusion, combating poverty and any discrimination

C: Investing in education, training and vocational training for skills and life-long learning

The main target groups are disadvantaged young people, particularly those without a school-leaving or vocational qualification, the long-term unemployed, women and workers, particularly low-skilled or low-income workers, and people from a migrant background, especially those facing difficult personal circumstances (e.g. refugees).

Designing. The Future. Together.
The ESF allows individuals to take control of their professional future, even if their circumstances are difficult or they are making a second attempt to get their career off the ground. It helps small and medium-sized businesses adapt their HR policy to the challenges posed by demographic change. The ESF wants to create an inclusive society. "Designing. The Future. Together" is therefore the slogan of this ESF funding period 2014-2020 of the Federal Government in Germany.

Op­er­a­tional Pro­gramme

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The Op­er­a­tional Pro­gramme (Fed­er­al ESF OP) de­scribes the over­all strat­e­gy at fed­er­al lev­el for im­ple­ment­ing the Eu­ro­pean So­cial Fund in Ger­many.

Fund­ing pri­or­i­ties

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In Ger­many the ESF will place em­pha­sis on help­ing to se­cure the sup­ply of skilled work­ers, pro­mot­ing so­cial in­clu­sion and com­bat­ing pover­ty.

The ESF pro­grammes at a glance

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Here you can find in­for­ma­tion about the var­i­ous ESF fund­ing pro­grammes at fed­er­al and fed­er­al states lev­el.

TLN Mo­bil­i­ty

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Learn­ing Net­work on transna­tion­al mo­bil­i­ty mea­sures for dis­ad­van­taged youth and young adults.