€1.325 billion in ESF OPs for the social economy
At Euclid’s round table on policy and funding on 25 June 2015, Marie-Anne Paraskevas of the Employment DG said that over the next seven years, the European Social Fund will be investing €74 billion in human capital. 17 Member States have opted for the social economy investment priority in their operational programmes, and have allocated €1.325 billion of funding. The countries are BE, BG, CY, CZ, EL, ES, FI, FR, HR, HU, IT, LT, PL, PT, RO, SI and UK.
Thiis is a gratifyingly high number of countreis - although there are some inexplicable absences (SE?) - and will provide a solid base for continued thematic networking. The sum committed is over twice the level of the SE theme in EQUAL (c. €600m), previously the largest injection of EU support for the social economy. We shall probably also see a signiicant amount of social economy activity taking place under other investment priorities.