DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion

EU employment and social policies bring practical benefits to citizens, for example, in finding a job, moving to another Member State for work or other reasons, upgrading skills, etc. In partnership with national authorities, social partners, civil society organisations and other stakeholders, the Directorate-General addresses challenges linked to globalisation, the ageing of Europe's population and changing social realities.  Examples of the areas in which we are active include support for:

More and better jobs through the European Employment Strategy (which brings national policies closer in this field) and the European Social Fund (€9 billion per year managed in partnership with the Member States).  

Free movement of workers and coordination of social security schemes, which means that every EU national has the right to work and to live in any EU country and that people who move between countries are not disadvantaged in relation to social security including healthcare.

Better working conditions through common minimum standards in the workplace, by supporting and developing social dialogue at European level, by modernising labour relations, and by assisting EU workers who want to be mobile.

Social inclusion by supporting efforts to combat poverty and social exclusion, reform social protection systems, assess new demographic and social developments.

The European Commission's priorities are set out in the Annual Management Plan of the Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion.

As part of the Commission's commitment to transparency, the Director-General publishes information on meetings held with organisations or self-employed individuals.

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Open Calls


DG Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion

Name of Call

Description of Call

Eligible Applicants


Information, consultation and participation of representatives of undertakings

The purpose of this Call for Proposals is to fund operations aimed at developing employee involvement in undertakings including information, consultation and participation. Some of the objectives are: 

• to promote actions designed to prepare the setting up of transnational information, consultation and participation bodies and mechanisms; to promote the exchange of information and good practice;
• to promote action aiming to familiarize the social partners and actors at company level;
• to promote initiatives to strengthen transnational cooperation between workers' and employers' representative;
• to promote transnational actions involving representatives of the new Member States and of Candidate Countries in the field of employee involvement;
• to promote action aiming to familiarize the actors represented at company level with transnational company agreements and to strengthen their cooperation within the European Union amongst few.

The types of activities which may be funded under this call for proposals are - Conferences, seminars, short training actions, etc; Analysis papers on quantitative, qualitative aspects and Websites, publications and other means for the dissemination of information.

NGOs; Trade Unions

May 23, 2017

Preparatory action: Reactivate - Intra-EU job mobility scheme for unemployed over 35

The action aims to test the feasibility of an intra-EU job mobility scheme for the age group above 35 for the placement of EU citizens over 35 years in jobs, traineeships or apprenticeships in an EU country other than their country of residence. The action will prioritise citizens who are in a vulnerable situation in the labour market, notably unemployed people, including long-term unemployed.

The action supported by the projects shall:
-  carry out outreach and information activities towards target groups and in particular to employers and other stakeholder organisations interested in sharing opportunities, offers or job vacancies with the consortium;
-  provide information on the Reactivate work opportunities and support available to the EU citizens over 35 years;
-  establish cooperation with other organisations willing to act as information multipliers on Reactivate such as trade unions, employers' associations, chambers of commerce and vocational and education organisations;
- develop and deliver a comprehensive, tailor-made package of mobility services, combining customized activation measures with direct financial support to both the target group of EU citizens over 35 years of age and employers (in particular SME's);
-  measures on information and assistance with offers and vacancies, matching these with candidates and the preparation of the placement/recruitment in a number of Member States involving jobs, apprenticeships and/or traineeships;
- provide one or more items of direct financial support to both the target group of EU citizens over 35 years of age and employers (in particular SME's)
- test the feasibility of the services and support measures above also for placement of candidates in traineeships and/or apprenticeships in another country, having regard to the diversity (or lack) of regulatory frameworks at national level (notably for open market opportunities).

Legal entities providing employment services

June 23, 2017