The European Commission co-finances actions of public, private and civil society actors enabling them to deliver new services, assess existing policies or develop new ones, and exchange good practices in the fields of employment, social protection, working conditions, geographical labour mobility, microfinance and social entrepreneurship. To facilitate the dissemination of the achieved results, this report presents examples of 19 projects and 9 organisations supported by the Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) in 2014-2017 and 3 recently finished projects funded by the predecessor programme PROGRESS.
The aims of the presented projects ranged from developing innovative policy interventions (social policy experimentation) and supporting reforms of national social protection systems to enhancing administrative cooperation on posting of workers. The overviewed EURES projects aimed at placing young people into quality jobs and supporting partnerships between employment services operating in cross-border areas.
Another main part of the report presents EaSI-supported activities implemented in 2016 by major EU-level NGOs active in the promotion of social inclusion, poverty reduction and access to finance. The presented organisations aimed, in particular, to support the Commission’s social investment approach at national and local levels and the implementation of the Social Investment Package, the Social Business Initiative and the Europe 2020 Strategy.
The report also includes a description of the methodology that was applied to collect information on the presented actions and to analyse their results. Among other things, the report seeks to emphasise the European added value of the described actions and to single out potential good practices.