EU Programme for Employment and Social Innovation

EaSI 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.

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

These programmes form the three axes of EaSI, and support:
1. the modernisation of employment and social policies with the PROGRESS axis (61% of the total budget);
2. job mobility with the EURES axis (18% of the total budget);
3. access to micro-finance and social entrepreneurship with the Microfinance and Social Entrepreneurship axis (21% of the total budget)

The objectives of EaSI are to:
1. Strengthen ownership of EU objectives and coordination of action at EU and national level in the areas of employment, social affairs and inclusion.
2. Support the development of adequate social protection systems and labour market policies.
3. Modernise EU legislation and ensure its effective application.
4. Promote geographical mobility and boost employment opportunities by developing an open labour market.
5. Increase the availability and accessibility of microfinance for vulnerable groups and micro-enterprises, and increase access to finance for social enterprises.

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Open Calls


EU Programme for Employment and Social Innovation

Name of Call

Description of Call

Eligible Applicants


EaSI - Transaction cost support for social enterprise finance

The objective of the call is to test a transaction cost support scheme in the form of a grant to be combined with financial instruments as a means to address the mismatch of needed and sustainable ticket sizes. More particularly, it aims at catalysing smaller risk-capital investments of below EUR 500 000 that otherwise would not happen.

The grant is aimed at financial intermediaries that undertake long term risk capital investments in ticket sizes of less than EUR 500 000 in the form of equity, quasi-equity, or hybrid financing (see annex II for a glossary) to social enterprises in the EaSI Participating Countries7. It will serve to lower the transaction costs for these small investment tickets and thus help overcome a market failure in the social enterprise finance market.

Legal entities; Foundations, investment funds, Fund-of-Funds, (co-) investment schemes

April 15, 2018

Call for proposals on social innovation and national reforms: Innovative work-life balance strategies to facilitate reconciliation of professional and caring responsibilities

The objectives of this call are:

- to facilitate access to individualised information about social protection rights and entitlements;

- to facilitate professional and geographical mobility of the economically active population;

- to support the modernisation of social protection systems enabling them to respond to such challenges as digitalisation, the changing world of work, ageing of population and the capacity to withstand economic shocks.

Projects should either focus on improving access to social protection or supporting national reform in relation to social protection.

Lead applicants must be public bodies established in an eligible country

April 18, 2018

Information and Training Measures for Workers' Organisations

Objectives of this call include measures and initiatives to strengthen the capacity of workers' organisations to address, at EU/transnational level, changes in employment and work and social dialogue related challenges, such as: modernisation of the labour market, job creation and job matching, quality of work, anticipation, preparation and management of change and restructuring, digitalisation of the economy and society, the greening of the economy, flexicurity, skills, intra-EU labour mobility, migration, youth employment, health and safety at work, modernisation of social protection systems, reconciliation of work and family life, gender equality, action in the field of anti-discrimination, active ageing, healthier and longer working lives, active inclusion and decent work.

The activities which may be funded under this call for proposals include: conferences, seminars, round tables, studies, surveys, publications, training courses, development of training tools, the setting up of networks and the development and exchange of best practices.

Social partner organisations representing workers. International Organisations can be co-applicants or associate organisations.

May 18, 2018

Activities in the Field of Undeclared Work

The types of activities which may be funded under this call for proposals must address at least one of the areas of action identified below:

- Common training courses for staff involved in enforcement activities
- Joint inspections and exchange of staff of enforcement authorities-
of technical assistance to other EU/EEA enforcement bodies to constitute to capacity-building, implementation of good practices, etc

- Information exchange systems

- Collaborative work in form of sharing of information and mutual learning between enforcement authorities
- Joint awareness-raising campaigns/ sector specific campaigns/ regional cross-border campaigns

Actions must include organisations from three different EU/EEA Member States e.g. coverage through a study, reach-out for communication activities, etc.

Non-profit public or private entities

June 13, 2018

Information, consultation and participation of representatives of undertakings

This call will finance measures enabling the social partners and the social actors at company level to familiarize themselves with EU law and policies in the area of employee involvement as well as to exercise their rights and their duties to this regard. They cover in particular funding of measures aimed at strengthening transnational co-operation between workers' and employers' representatives in respect of employee involvement.

The types of activities which may be funded under this call for proposals include but are not limited to:
-Conferences, seminars, short training actions, manuals and exchange of information and of good practices involving workers' and/or employers' representatives;
-Analysis papers on quantitative and qualitative aspects and results on subjects related to workers' and employers' representation and social dialogue at undertaking level in a transnational cooperation context and enhanced collaboration and pro-activity of stakeholders in the anticipation of change and restructuring activities;
-Websites, publications, newsletters and other means for the dissemination of information.

Legal entities representative of workers or employers, including social partners

June 1, 2018