European Social Fund (ESF)

The European Social Fund supports projects that promote competence development and combat exclusion.

The European Social Fund (ESF) is the EU’s most important tool for creating more and better jobs in Europe. The Fund is as old as the EU and was established in 1957. The objective, both then and now, is to reduce disparities in prosperity and living standards between EU Member States. Find out more about the EU’s employment strategy and about the European Social Fund to the right under related links. The Social Fund’s budget amounted to approximately SEK 750 billion across Europe during the period 2007 to 2013.