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Tuesday, 15 January 2019 - Strasbourg Revised edition

European Social Fund Plus (ESF+) (debate)

  Marianne Thyssen, Member of the Commission. – Mr President, this debate has further demonstrated the importance of the ESF+ and Parliament’s report will be a solid foundation for the interinstitutional negotiations. As always, the Commission is open to discussion in the trilogues and will play its role as an honest broker. I very much hope, and I am confident, that the Council under the Romanian Presidency will, for its part, advance further on the ESF+ Regulation with a view to its adoption in 2019, well in time for the next programming round.

EU funding for investing in people is the tangible illustration of our European values, promoting equality, social fairness and social progress through concrete actions to empower and protect our citizens – the unemployed and the employed, men and women, EU natives or citizens born outside the European Union – and this from early childhood on.

The ESF+ is a tool with direct visibility to citizens. It is an instrument to help achieve social cohesion and upward social convergence. I am convinced that, thanks to the strong commitment on the part of the European co-legislators, and Parliament in particular, the European Union will be better placed to deliver on our citizens’ legitimate expectations in the next Multiannual Financial Framework. Thank you, to those concerned, for your hard work. Thank you for the fact that you advanced as quickly as you did, and congratulations to all those who participated in this, and specifically to the rapporteur.

Last updated: 15 May 2019Legal notice