Keep the 25% minumum share for the ESF budget in the overall cohesion budget
Social Services Europe called on Ministers for Employment and Social Affairs and Members of the European Parliament to keep the minimum share of 25% for the European Social Fund in the overall cohesion budget. The organisation submitted a letter stating that the ESF contitutes an important tool to ensure people are equipped to enter and stay in the labour market, develop human capacities through education, training and lifelong learning opportunities and address social exclusion and poverty.
The European Commission ring-fenced 25% of the overal cohesion budget for the European Social Fund, irrespective of the region. The Council of Ministers only refer to an "adequate share" of ESF money that should be spend on human capital development.
This marks a significant shift from the original proposal and jeopardises the original objectives of the European Social Fund.
Marjatta Varanka, Managing Director of VATES in Finland, was elected as President of Workability Europe on 29 January 2013 at an extraordinary General Assembly in Brussels. Also elected were Leif Alm, Samhall and Nigel Hopkins, Remploy. Board members hold the following positions:
- Marjatta Varanka, VATES - President
- Rafael González Millán, FUNDOSA - Vice President
- Nigel Hopkins, FEGAPEI - Treasurer
- Lisette Bosch, CEDRIS - Ordinary Member
- Stef De Cock, VLAB - Ordinary Member
- Thierry Lècques, GESAT - Ordinary Member