European Social Fund

     The European Social Fund (ESF) is the oldest source of structural funds. It was established in 1957 by the Roma agreement on the constitution of the European Economic Community.
     ESF contributes to the priorities of the Community regarding enforcement of economic and social consistency through improvement of employment opportunities, support of high employment rates, and an increase in the number and quality of working places. It does so through support of the member state policies that focus on achievement of full employment, equality and work productivity, support for social inclusion including the access of disadvantaged people to employment and the reduction of national, regional and local difference in employment.
     To fulfil these tasks, the ESF supports priorities of the Community regarding the necessity of enforcing social consistency, increases of productivity and competitiveness and support of economic growth and permanently sustainable development.
     In pursuit of this activity the ESF considers particular priorities and goals of the Community in the areas of education and professional preparation, increasing participation of economically inactive people in the labour market, fighting against social exclusion, particularly exclusion of disadvantaged groups such as people with physical handicaps, supporting equality between women and men and eliminating discrimination.

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