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General information about the ESF

The European Social Fund (ESF) is the EU's most important tool for creating more and better jobs in Europe. The goal is to reduce the differences in levels of prosperity and living standards across EU Member States. The European Social Fund supports projects that promote skills development and combat exclusion.

The project work is ongoing over the course of so-called programming periods, which are seven years long. The Programming Period 2014-2020 is aimed at smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.

The ESF projects' areas of work are described in programmes for the Fund. The programme for the Social Fund in Sweden is common to the whole country. The national programme is complemented with regional plans in all regions, which take into account different regional needs and conditions.

Sweden and the European Commission reached an agreement on the national programme on 3 December 2014. Försäkringskassan has, together with several other actors, been involved in the design of the national programme for 2014-2020. For information for proposals of programme funding, See the Swedish ESF Council's website:

The overall goal for the national programme is to contribute to a well-functioning labour market and a sustained increase in employment in the long term.

The initiatives during the Programming Period 2014-2020 are divided into three programme areas; PO1, PO2 and PO3.

  • PO 1 deals with competence provision and aims at stimulating skills development which strengthens the individual's position in the labour market and strengthens the link between education and working life. The target group is all employed people, priority target groups in PO 2 and organisations, government agencies and businesses.
  • PO 2 focuses on increased transitions to work and aims to increase the transitions to work among people who are far from the labour market and facilitate the establishment of young people in the working field and participation in education. The target groups are: young people aged 15-24, the long-term unemployed > 12 months, those who are or have been on sick leave, those with a disability that results in diminished work capacity and newly arrived immigrants.
  • PO 3 is a new priority called the employment initiative for young people, and aims to apply methods that facilitate the establishment of young people in the labour market and participation in education. The support is aimed at unemployed young people (aged 15-24) in regions with a youth unemployment rate of over 25%. In Sweden, this applies to Southern Sweden, Central Norrland and North Middle Sweden.

Read more about the European Social Fund on the European Commission's website:
The European Commission  

and on the Swedish ESF Council's website:

The ESF's organisation in Sweden

The Monitoring Committee
Structural Fund Partnerships
The Swedish ESF Council

The Monitoring Committee  

At the national level there is a Monitoring Committee with an executive committee that follows up the European Social Fund's work and ensures the quality and effectiveness of the implementation.

The Committee consists of representatives from governmental agencies, non-profit organisations, labour market organisations and the research world. The members are appointed by the Government.

Försäkringskassan has one member and one substitute in the Monitoring Committee.

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Read more about the Monitoring Committee on the Swedish ESF Council's website:
The Monitoring Committee  

Structural Fund Partnerships 

The Structural Fund Partnerships are responsible firstly for anchoring the Social Fund Programme at the regional level and secondly for prioritising between project applications. They ensure that the projects are aimed at strengthening regional competitiveness and employment. The Structural Fund Partnerships work on behalf of both the European Social Fund and the European Regional Development Fund.

There are eight regional Structural Fund Partnerships. They are made up of elected representatives of municipalities and county councils, in some cases the Sami Parliament, representatives from labour market organisations, county administrative boards, governmental agencies, interest groups and associations. The Government appoints the chairperson of each Structural Fund Partnership.

Försäkringskassan is a regular member in all eight Structural Fund Partnerships.

More information on the Structural Fund Partnerships can be found on the Swedish ESF Council's website by clicking through to the region you want to know more about.
The Swedish ESF Council 

The Swedish ESF Council  

The Swedish ESF Council is the authority under the Ministry of Employment with the task of managing the European Social Fund in Sweden.

The organisation is structured with a head office and eight regional offices. The regional offices provide information on the European Social Fund and also receive and prepare applications that are then submitted to the Structural Fund Partnerships for prioritisation. The Swedish ESF Council subsequently makes a decision on the provision of support. The Swedish ESF Council is responsible for the disbursement of Social Fund resources and the monitoring of projects.

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Read more about the Swedish ESF Council on their website:
The Swedish ESF Council


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