New programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI)
The European Parliament and the Council reached a political agreement on the EU programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) with a proposed budget of €815 million for the 2014-20 period.
EaSI will support Member States efforts in the design and implementation of employment and social reforms at European, national as well as regional and local levels by means of policy coordination, the identification, analysis and sharing of best practices.
EaSI integrates and extends the coverage of three existing programmes:
– [ http://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?catId=987&langId=en ]Progress (Programme for Employment and Social Solidarity),
– [ http://ec.europa.eu/eures/home.jsp?lang=en ]EURES (European Employment Services)
– and the [ http://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?catId=836&langId=en ]European Progress Microfinance Facility,
which will be allocated respectively 61%, 18% and 21% of the budget.
Together with the European Social Fund, the Fund for the European Aid for the most Deprived and the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund, EaSI forms the fourth pillar of the EU Initiative for Employment and Social Inclusion 2014-2020.
The political agreement will follow the ordinary procedure and should be endorsed by the European Parliament and Council before the end of 2013 to allow the launching of EaSI in January 2014.