Six countries launch the 2018 European Social Fund co-ordinated call


Six Member States have launched their calls in January and February – Belgium (Flanders), Bulgaria, Finland, Poland, Portugal and Sweden. The calls will cover the broad ESF themes of employment, youth, inclusion, social economy, learning and skills, migrants and governance.

The commonly agreed application deadline for project promoters will be 11 May 2018, for the projects to start in October-November 2018.
Transnational cooperation in the ESF helps develop better and more effective employment and social policies and improve the delivery of reforms, essentially by enabling people to learn from experiences and good practice in other countries.
Transnational cooperation is implemented in three different ways:
·         on the basis of common themes, whereby Member States benefit from an EU-level platform established and operated by the Commission (the Common Framework);
·         without central coordination (the flexible approach);
·         through a combined approach of the above.
·         The Common Framework
The Common Framework’s primary focus is to bring together project promoters from different Member States and facilitate cooperation between them within transnational projects. It also serves as a forum for discussing issues relevant to the ESF between stakeholders in the different countries.
A set of common themes has been agreed to guide work within the Common framework:
Employability and labour integration; Labour mobility; Employment services – improvement of and access to; Work-life balance; Adaptability; Work organisation; Green jobs; Active ageing
Active inclusion in the labour market; Access to services (e.g. transport, health, welfare, housing, etc.); Combating discrimination, such as Roma; Fighting against poverty; Community-led local development
Youth employment       
NEETs; Recent graduates; Mobility; Apprenticeships; Traineeships
Learning and skills         
Early school leaving; Vocational education and training; Accreditation (of prior learning); Lifelong learning; Transitions within and between school and work
Social economy
Social entrepreneurship (including outreach, start-up support, coaching/mentoring, social franchising); Financial instruments to support social entrepreneurship (incl. microfinance); Cooperatives; Pathways of integration from social economy to the normal economic circuit
Governance and public administration 
Judiciary reform; E-government; Policy and legislative processes; Human resources management; Results-based management; Monitoring and evaluation
Simplified costs options; Financial instruments; Joint action plans
European Code of Conduct on Partnership
Integration policies ; Labour market access ; Skills recognition
To help projects find foreign partners a 2-day partner search forum is organised in Warsaw on 22-23 March.
This will give organisations from around Europe who want to apply for ESF funding in their country the chance to talk with other organisations about potential cooperation on a transnational project.
A partner search database is also available.
For more info on transnational calls please visit our online forum: