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The EaSI Programme explained in 5 steps

The Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) programme is a financing instrument at EU level to promote a high level of quality and sustainable employment, guaranteeing adequate and decent social protection, combating social exclusion and poverty and improving working conditions.
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The Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) programme is a financing instrument at EU level to promote a high level of quality and sustainable employment, guaranteeing adequate and decent social protection, combating social exclusion and poverty and improving working conditions.
Welcomeurope invites you to read the following focus on its role and objectives.

1) What?

The EaSI Programme plays a key role in terms of :
- fighting unemployment, preventing and reducing poverty within a context of budgetary constraints
- ensuring strong prioritisation and optimal alignment of EaSI-related expenditure with the goals of Europe 2020 strategy
- focusing on activities with the highest EU added-value, including new legislative initiatives
- promoting complementarities across axes and with other EU instruments, such as transnational cooperation under the European Social Fund or support for social dialogue.

The total budget for EaSI 2015 operating expenditure is € 123.14 million.

2) Why?

Despite slow improvements in the economic situation of some of the EU Member States, high unemployment and increased poverty rates remain the core challenges for the coming years.

3) Who?

 The Programme is open to the EU 28 Member States. In 2014, the participation of EEA/EFTA countries was defined and the EEA Agreement revised. Iceland participates in all EaSI axes; Norway is participating in PROGRESS and EURES; Liechtenstein is not participating in EaSI. Furthermore the participation in the Progress and Microfinance and Social Entrepreneurship axes is open to the candidate countries and potential candidates’ countries, unless justified otherwise in relevant cases.

4) How?

The EaSI Programme is deployed through three axis:
- EaSI PROGRESS : it supports the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the Union instruments and policies. It will help the EU and the Member States to improve the policies in three thematic sections:
a) employment, in particular to fight youth unemployment
b) social protection, social inclusion and the reduction and prevention of poverty
c) working conditions.
- EaSI EURES : it plays a pivotal role and help the EU and the Member States to promote voluntary geographical mobility for workers line with the reform foreseen.
- EaSI-Microfinance and Social Entrepreneurship : it promotes employment and social inclusion by increasing the availability and accessibility of microfinance for vulnerable people who wish to start up a micro-enterprise as well as for existing micro-enterprises, and by increasing access to finance for social enterprises.

5) And?
 
In pursuing its objectives, the EaSI Work Programme, in all its axes and actions, pays particular attention to:
- promote a high-level of quality and sustainable employment
- combat long-term unemployment, fight against poverty and social exclusion and target people in vulnerable situation, such as the young “NEET”
- promote equality between women and men
- combat discrimination based on sex, racial or ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation

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