EU Programme for Employment and Social Innovation

The Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) programme is a financing instrument at EU level to promote a high level of quality and sustainable employment, guaranteeing adequate and decent social protection, combating social exclusion and poverty and improving working conditions.

For the period 2021 – 2027 the EaSI programme will become a strand under the European Social Fund Plus (ESF+)

Structure and funding

EaSI is managed directly by the European Commission. It brings together three EU programmes managed separately between 2007 and 2013: PROGRESS, EURES and Progress Microfinance.

As of January 2014, these programmes form the three axes of EaSI. They support:

  • The modernisation of employment and social policies with the PROGRESS axis (61% of the total budget);

  • Job mobility with the EURES axis (18% of the total budget);

  • Access to micro-finance and social entrepreneurship with the Microfinance and Social Entrepreneurship axis (21% of the total budget).

The total budget for 2014-2020 is 919,469,000 EUR in 2013 prices.


  • Strengthen ownership of EU objectives and coordination of action at EU and national level in the areas of employment, social affairs and inclusion.

  • Support the development of adequate social protection systems and labour market policies.

  • Modernise EU legislation and ensure its effective application.

  • Promote geographical mobility and boost employment opportunities by developing an open labour market.

  • Increase the availability and accessibility of microfinance for vulnerable groups and micro-enterprises, and increase access to finance for social enterprises.

In pursuing these objectives, EaSI will:

  • Pay particular attention to vulnerable groups, such as young people

  • Promote equality between women and men

  • Combat discriminations

  • Promote a high level of quality and sustainable employment

  • Guarantee adequate and decent social protection

  • Combat long-term unemployment

  • Fight against poverty and social exclusion

The contact in the Czech Republic is from the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs.

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