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Wednesday, 16 January 2019 - Strasbourg Revised edition

European Social Fund Plus (ESF+) (A8-0461/2018 - Verónica Lope Fontagné)

  Deirdre Clune (PPE). – Mr President, I welcome Parliament’s proposal today to strengthen the Fund for the next period of funding up to 2027. The European Social Fund pulls together a series of funds: the Youth Employment Initiative, the focusing on those that are most disadvantaged, the EU health programme and the European social initiative. It focuses on unemployment, improving the employability of individuals, addressing poverty issues and focusing on social exclusion with a particular emphasis on young people and on children. So the value of this Fund – it is targeted directly at individuals, enabling them in developing skills for a modern economic era where we have automation, as we have spoken of already, and globalisation, and it will equip them with lifelong learning, which is becoming very important, and training.

I welcome this report. I think it’s very important that we would continue to support the ESF+, the European Social Fund Plus, as it benefits citizens directly in their communities.

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