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About the programme

The European Social Fund+ (ESF+) aims to support Member States to

  • tackle the crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic
  • achieve high employment levels and fair social protection
  • foster a skilled and resilient workforce that is ready for the transition to a green and digital economy

The ESF+ finances the implementation of the principles of the European Pillar for Social Rights through actions in the area of employment, education & skills, and social inclusion.

The Fund is governed by the Common Provisions Regulation.

Programme website

Funding opportunities

How to apply

Learn how to propose a project, and how the project selection process works.

Who is eligible

Learn more about the types of opportunities available through this programme, and who can apply.

Calls for tender

Open and upcoming calls for tender related to the European Social Fund+.

Budget and performance

Includes performance highlights, key performance indicators, and the performance framework and assessment.

Programme performance webpage

Programme features

Programme duration


Lead Directorate-General
Predecessor programmes


Management mode

Shared and direct management

MFF heading

Cohesion, Resilience and Values


Investing in People, Social Cohesion and Values

Climate contribution

No target set in the legal basis ()

Total budget 2021-2027

€ 99.26 billion ((current prices)