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ESF+ – European Social Fund – 2021-2027

ESF + grants will help to boost employment and educationIt is considered as the main instrument for financing human capital. It subsidises EU policies on social affairs, employment, education and skills, as well as structural reforms in these areas.


99.3 billion euro


All beneficiaries

Type of financing

Grant - Co-financing

99.3 billion euro
All beneficiaries
Type de financement​
Grant - Co-financing
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ESF + (European Social Fund) is one of the European Union’s Structural Funds. It is dedicated to employment, education and training. As an initiator of social inclusion, the ESF+ helps people in precarious and excluded situations in particular. Created in 1957 by the Treaty of Rome, it is intended to boost economic cohesion by developing employment. Since 2021, the ESF has been strengthened and has become the ESF+.


  • Supporting the policy areas of employment and labour mobility, education and social inclusion, in particular by contributing to the eradication of poverty and thus contributing to the implementation of the European social rights floor
  • Supporting the digital and green transition, job creation through smart specialisation skills and improvements in education and training system
  • Support temporary measures in exceptional or unusual circumstances


Priorities vary according to each country and region. They are defined through spending programmes and must respect the main principles:

  • Employment
  • Training
  • Inclusion
  • Youth unemployment
  • Support for social innovation

Financed actions 

  • Employment
  • Education and skills
  • Social inclusion

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