Key elements of the Commission proposal for the future ESF 2014-2020

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Key elements of the Commission proposal
for the future ESF

2014
-
2020




Franz Pointner, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion


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Legislative package


The General Regulation


Common provisions for cohesion policy, the rural
development policy and the maritime and fisheries
policy


Common provisions for cohesion policy only
(ERDF, CF, ESF)


Fund specific regulations


ERDF regulation


CF regulation


ESF
regulation + YEI


ETC regulation


EGTC regulation


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Guiding political principles of the reform



Concentration on Europe 2020 Strategy



Focus on results



Better coordination and harmonisation between the
funds



Simplification




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Geographical coverage of support


Three categories of regions



Less developed regions (GDP per capita < 75% of
EU average)



Transition regions (GDP per capita between 75%
and 90%)



More developed regions (GDP per capita > 90%)


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ESF
-

minimum shares


At least 25% of the Cohesion envelope for the ESF




84 billion



(25% for the less developed regions, 40% for the transition
regions and 52% for the more developed regions)



Why?


Important contribution to the Europe 2020 strategy and its
headline targets



Key factor for medium term growth (OECD)



Expression of European solidarity


In 2010, 10 million people were reached out


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Focus on …


… Reinforced Integrated Programming


… Results


Performance framework and reserve


Indicators


Evaluation


Joint Action Plan


… Conditionality


… Thematic Concentration


Simplification


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Specific provisions for the ESF


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Scope


18

Investment priorities
in 4 thematic objectives


1.
Promoting employment and
supporting labour mobility


2.
Promoting social inclusion
and combating poverty


3.
Investing in education, skills
and lifelong learning


4.

Enhancing institutional and
administrative capacities


ESF contribution to the other
thematic objectives notably:




1.
Supporting an environmentally
sustainable economy (low
carbon…)


2.
Enhancing the accessibility, use
and quality of ICT


3.
Strengthening research and
innovation


4.

Enhancing the competitiveness
of small and medium
-
sized
enterprises


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ESF specific issues


1.
Ensuring a strong involvement of social partners and NGOs



2.
Gender equality and non discrimination at the core of the ESF


3.
Transnationality

and social Innovation


4.
Reinforcing the territorial approach


2.
Specific provisions for financial management


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Youth Employment Initiative




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Aim
:
fight youth unemployment in EU regions
NUTS level 2 with >25% youth unemployment
rate in 2012 (Eurostat data).


Budget:
EUR 3
bn

ESF +3
bn

from new
budget line within MFF sub
-
heading 1b.


YEI aims to directly support the
Youth
Employment Package
, in particular the
Youth Guarantee

(Council political
agreement 28 February)


Available
2014
-
2020


Overview


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New chapter

(III
bis
) on YEI +
separate Annex
2 on indicators +
new recital


YEI will
target actions to
individuals

only (not systems).


Target group
:


-

NEETs (aged 15
-
24);


-

inactive or unemployed (+long
-
term);


-

registered or not as job seekers;


-

residing in the eligible regions.


Concrete policy measures

to be supported by the YEI will be
discussed with Member States in the context of ESF OP
negotiations


BUT:
direct and speedy results expected


Proposed amendments

to the ESF Reg. (1)



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Additional

flexibility

element

introduced
:

MS

may

direct

up

to

10
%

of

their

YEI

allocation

(ESF

+

top
-
up)

outside

the

eligible

regions,

to

support

e
.
g
.

young

persons

residing

in

big

cities
.


YEI

top
-
up

calculated

proportionally

to

the

number

of

young

unemployed

in

the

regions

(fixed

once,

at

the

start)
.


ESF

allocation

at

least

equal

to

the

share

of

the

top
-
up

for

the

region

concerned,

possibly

greater



BUT
:

the

top
-
up

cannot

increase
.



YEI

separate

budget

line

allocation

not

taken

into

account

for

thematic

concentration
.


Proposed amendments

to the ESF Reg. (2)



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MS

chooses

to

programme

YEI

as

either
:


-

a

dedicated

priority

axis,



-

a

part

of

a

priority

axis

or



-

a

dedicated

OP

(volume)
.


National

co
-
financing

rates

apply

only

to

the

ESF

part

(not

the

top
-
up)
.



If

several

categories

of

regions

in

one

Member

State

=>

the

highest

co
-
financing

rate

applies
.


Additional

monitoring

and

evaluation

arrangements

+

indicators

for

YEI

(new

Annex

2
)
.


Other

provisions
:

financial

management,

technical

assistance,

publicity
.


Proposed amendments

to the ESF Reg. (3)



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Only

limited

amendments
.

A

new

recital

is

introduced
.


Article

18
:

Performance

reserve

shall

not

apply

to

the

YEI
.


Article

83
-
84
:

introducing

the

resources

for

the

YEI


Article

93
:

public

support

threshold

for

JAPs

provision

does

not

apply

for

YEI
.


Annex

V
:

a

new

ex
-
ante

conditionality

criterion

under

TO
8

is

introduced
.

It

requires

that

MS

have

a

comprehensive

strategic

policy

framework

underpinning

the

Youth

Employment

Package

and

the

Youth

Guarantee
.


All

other

CPR

provisions,

including

those

related

to

macro
-
economic

conditionalities
,

also

apply

to

the

YEI
.


Proposed amendments to the CPR



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Discussions

in

Council

working

group

(SAWP
)


EP

opinion

on

the

amendments


Commission

position



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