European Commission is seeking citizens’ and stakeholders’ opinion on the activities carried out with the support from the ESF since 2014 to promote sustainable and quality employment and to support labour mobility, in line with Thematic Objective 8 (TO8).

The purpose of the evaluation is twofold:

  • To take stock of the results of employment and mobility ESF-supported actions of the period 2014-2018.
  • To feed into the preparation for the next ESF+ programmes (starting in 2021), by providing lessons on how and when the support was more effective in promoting sustainable employment and mobility.

The consultation deals with ESF support under the investment priorities of TO8, excluding the one concerning young people (ii), which is covered by a dedicated evaluation. Covered investment priorities are as follows:

(i) Access to employment for job-seekers and inactive people, including the long-term unemployed and people far from the labour market, also through local employment initiatives and support for labour mobility;
(iii) Self-employment, entrepreneurship and business creation including innovative micro, small and medium sized enterprises;
(iv) Equality between men and women in all areas, including in access to employment, career progression, reconciliation of work and private life and promotion of equal pay for equal work;
(v) Adaptation of workers, enterprises and entrepreneurs to change;
(vi) Active and healthy ageing;
(vii) Modernisation of labour market institutions, such as public and private employment services, and improving the matching of labour market needs, including through actions that enhance transnational labour mobility as well as through mobility schemes and better cooperation between institutions and relevant stakeholders

Who is invited to contribute to this consultation?

All citizens and organisations are invited to contribute to this consultation. Contributions are particularly sought from:

  • Member States and organisations involved in the management of ESF such as managing authorities, intermediate bodies, project implementers, members of monitoring committees,
  • Organisations involved in the delivery of ESF operations as beneficiaries or project partners: public bodies, NGOs, municipalities,
  • Any organisation or citizen having a particular expertise in the area of employment and labour mobility,
  • Citizens, whether or not they are receiving or have received support from the ESF to promote sustainable and quality employment and to support labour mobility.

How to contribute?

Contributions can be submitted until 6 January 2020 (midnight, Brussels time).
You can contribute to the consultation by filling the online questionnaire (available in all EU official languages). Responses can be submitted in any official EU language.

For reasons of transparency, organisations and businesses taking part in public consultations are asked to register in the EU’s Transparency Register.

Background information and next steps

This public consultation is an integral part of the evaluation of ESF support to employment and mobility (Thematic Objective 8, excluding support to youth employment). The overall evaluation and the present consultation deal with the ESF support provided under all above listed investment priorities, excluding the one concerning young people (ii), which is covered by a dedicated evaluation.

The results of this public consultation will be analysed and summarised in a synopsis report which will be published on the website of DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion. The results will also be presented in the Staff Working Document of the evaluation of ESF support to promoting employment and labour mobility.

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