How the European Social Fund (ESF) programme plans to comply with regulatory requirements and promote policies on sustainable development.
The plan aims to help ensure that the European Social Fund (ESF) 2007 to 2013 programme:
- complies with European Union (EU) regulatory requirements on sustainable development and the environment
- meets its commitments to promote sustainable development policies and plans
It also shows how the 2007 to 2013 ESF programme is ‘mainstreaming’ sustainable development (taking it into account at all stages of the ESF programme). The ‘mainstreaming’ approach aims to:
- minimise negative impacts on the environment by ESF providers
- support a number of specialist environmental projects to improve skills and job prospects
Also read the reports on this page about:
- lessons learned from integrating sustainable development in the 2007 to 2013 programme and issues to consider for the next programme
- progress in mainstreaming sustainable development in the ESF programme since the last progress report in late 2012
Read the Renewed European Union sustainable development strategy on how the EU aims to meet its sustainable development commitments.
Read about ESF sustainable development tools and previous years’ ESF sustainable development mainstreaming progress reports on The National Archives website.
Read more about the European Social Fund 2007 to 2013