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European Social Fund Operational Programme: 2014 to 2020

Operational Programme for the European Social Fund as part of the 2014 to 2020 European Structural and Investment Funds.


European Social Fund Operational Programme 2014 to 2020

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The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and the European Commission have formally agreed and adopted the European Social Fund Operational Programme.

The European Social Fund Operational Programme is the main document for setting out the strategy and priorities for use of the fund to support the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. It also contains high level information on how the fund will be delivered, managed and evaluated.

European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) include money from:

  • the European Social Fund (ESF)
  • European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)
  • part of the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD)

The funds are from the European Union for projects that create jobs and economic growth.

The ESF programme continues to invest in projects after the transition period ended on 31 December 2020. All funding must finish by the end of 2023.

Published 17 September 2015
Last updated 15 July 2020 + show all updates
  1. Revised version of the ESF Operational Programme 2014 to 2020. The revised version is dated May 2020.

  2. Published a revised operational programme for the European Social Fund 2014 to 2020, the new version is dated October 2018.

  3. First published.