Lifelong Learning Platform | LLLP - European Civil Society for Education


The European Social Fund (ESF) is one of the five European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF). Since 2014, they have been operating under a common framework and pursue complementary policy objectives. The ESF, along with the Cohesion Fund, aims to reduce disparities in prosperity and living standards across the EU with greater effectiveness. The Lifelong Learning Platform welcomes that lifelong learning is one of the key policy priorities.

The ESF promotes social innovation, entrepreneurship, social inclusion, gender equality, mobility and many other relevant issues in lifelong learning. Across the EU the ESF is financing initiatives to improve education and training and ensure young people complete their education and get the skills that make them more competitive on the jobs market. Reducing school drop-out rates is a major priority here, along with improving vocational and tertiary education opportunities.


  • President Juncker’s State of the Union: Skills for Youth

    President Juncker’s speech on the “State of the Union” for 2016opened on the gloomy recent past and no less bright horizon we stand before as the European Union once again, struggles through an existential crisis: “From high unemployment and social inequality, to mountains of public debt, to the huge challenge of integrating refugees, to the very real threats to our security at home and abroad – every one of Europe’s Member States has been affected.” The LLLPlatform believes that […]

  • Support to asylum seekers under the European Social Fund and the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived

    The objective of this background note is  to clarify the scope of support which the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD) can provide to asylum seekers at different stages since their arrival in the Union. It also intends to clarify the differences between these two funds and other Union instruments that provide targeted support to asylum seekers, notably the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF), and provides guidance on […]

  • Guide on public procurement

    Available in many languages, this guide is intended to help administrations and beneficiaries make the most out of EU investments. The aim of this document, now available in all EU languages, is to provide guidance to public officials, involved in the management of the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF), helping them to identify and avoid areas of potential risk of errors and adopt best practices when it comes to carrying out public procurement procedures, a major source of […]

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