How does the European Social Funds (FSE) help european entrepreneurship

How does the European Social Funds (FSE) help european entrepreneurship
Bringing opportunities to Lithuanian ‘Neet’ youngsters –


ESF- funded project to support more than 35 000 young people as they build a future.

The nationwide ‘Discover Yourself’ project aims to reduce the number of young people aged between 15 and 29 who are not in education, employment or training (‘Neet’). It boosts their personal, social and professional skills to help them return to school or find a job.

One of the methods used involves visiting companies and factories, where youngsters can talk to employees at their workplace.

‘Discover Yourself’ is financed by the European Social Fund with EUR 33 798 580. It will help 35 000 participants by the end the project in September 2018.


Healthy workplaces in The Netherlands –

ESF funds to help employees stay healthy and fit throughout their careers.

Under the ‘Sustainable Durability Regions and Sectors’ initiative EUR 500 000 has been earmarked for projects aimed at improving workers’ health. They can range from policy-making and research activities to pilot education systems promoting durable employability.

The ESF is supporting labour organisations that promote good employment conditions including health and safety in the workplace and labour mobility.

Two more transnational calls –


Sweden and Finland have published their calls for transnational project proposals in the 2016 co-ordinated call. Each covers four themes.


The Swedish ESF Council is launching this call in order to promote project cooperation and mutual learning among the member states of the European Union. The aim is to apply or develop methods in a transnational context together with at least one partner from another member state (preferably at least two), within the following themes: Social Economy, Inclusion, Youth Employment (NEETS and mobility) and Migrants.

Specific priority will be given to projects addressing the EU strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) and projects demonstrating social innovation.

The call is a part of the Swedish ESF-programme priority 2 Increase transition to work, sub-theme 2.3, Apply and develop methods for women and men who are far from the labour market.

The call opened on 3 May 2016 and ends on 30 September 2016. Projects will run between January 2017 and 31 December 2019 and can last between 18 and 36 months. Its budget is 63m SEK (c. €7m) to be allocated among the themes. The projects will be financed at 100% and therefore no co-financing is needed from the projects themselves. Eligible costs are: Swedish activities taking place in Sweden and abroad according to the transnational agreement. The costs of the other transnational partners may not be covered.


Anna-Lena Wessmann
Svenska ESF-Rådet, Box 471 41, 100 74 Stockholm
See: A coordinated transnational call for proposals



Finland has also launched a call for projects with partners from several EU Member States, financed under the Sustainable Growth and Jobs 2014–2020 programme. It covers four themes: Employment, Youth employment, Learning and skills and Social inclusion.

The instructions (in Finnish and Swedish) for the call were published on 15 April 2016 at, and the deadline for applications is 3 October 2016. The projects selected will be launched in the beginning of 2017.

The duration of the projects is three years. Funding is granted by the Centres for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment, which will organise advisory and guidance events for potential applicants for transnational partnership projects in May. After these events the applicants may start their search for transnational partners via the EU database.

Instructions for application: Sustainable growth and jobs 2014-2020 structural fund programme of Finland


Mika Villa
Funding Specialist
Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment for Central Finland
tel. +358 295 022 776

Sirpa Liljeström
Ministerial Adviser
Ministry of the Environment and the Economy
tel. +358 295 047 981

See: ESF call for proposals concerning transnational partnerships to be started, deadline 3 October



Credit : EFS funds

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