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


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, training tools, the setting up of networks and the development and exchange of best practices.

Trade Unions; partners may be other legal entities

May 15, 2017

Implementing the Pilot Stage of the European Tracking Service for Pensions

 The specific objectives of the action are to implement the pilot stage of a European Tracking Service ( ETS) for pensions;  to carry out preparatory work for the full roll-out of the ETS and  raising awareness of the ETS initiative amongst few. The types of activities that may be funded under this call for proposals are actions aiming at the creation and improving of networks; digital infrastructure development; awareness and dissemination actions; conferences, seminars; training activities and analysis.

Public or private non-profit organisations

May 31, 2017

Posting of workers: enhancing
administrative cooperation and
access to information"

This call intends to support the Commission and the Member States to understand existing and new challenges and develop initiatives in the field of posting of workers and a decent work agenda. The general objectives are to

1) further improve transnational administrative cooperation between national competent bodies and social partners involved in the monitoring and correct application of the Posting of Workers Directive and its Enforcement Directive; and

2) increase mutual trust among stakeholders, including promoting common actions between social partners at different levels, exchanges of relevant officials and training; and

3) enhancing the evidence basis and evaluation of original information and data concerning various dimensions of posting of workers. In order to achieve the objective, it is intended with this call for proposals to fund transnational cooperation initiatives covering at least 7 eligible countries.

Actions related to cooperation, information and knowledge will be supported. 

Consortium of at least 4 legal entities from different EU Member States or EaSI-progress participating countries

June 9, 2017

Activities in the field of undeclared work

The priority is to co-finance actions fostering joint activities and cross-border projects of enforcement authorities improving their technical capacity in the field of preventing and deterrence 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;
- Joint inspections and exchange of staff of enforcement activities;
- Provision of technical assistance to other EU/EEA enforcement bodies to contribute 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

Non-profit legal entities; public enforcement authorities and/or social partner organisations at European, national or regional level.

June 12, 2017

Support for social dialogue

Objectives of this call include measures and initiatives related to the adaptation of social dialogue to changes in employment and work related challenges.

Projects proposed jointly by employers' and workers' organisations which aim at implementing (parts of) the work programme of European social dialogue committees, as well as measures to foster the implementation of European social dialogue outcomes, reinforce their impact and visibility, and support follow-up and reporting are a high priority.

Strengthening synergies and exchanges between European sectoral social dialogue committees and/or between the sectoral committees and the cross-industry level, including through projects developing a multi-sectoral approach on themes of common interest, is also considered a priority. Particular emphasis is put on the following objectives:

• strengthening the involvement of social partners in the European Semester and enhancing their contribution to EU policy making;
• building and reinforcing the capacity of national (cross-industry and/or sectoral) social partners to engage in national social dialogue and to participate in and contribute to European social dialogue, in particular in those Member States where social dialogue is underdeveloped.

Measures which contribute to addressing the employment and social and economic challenges as identified in the discussions on a European Pillar of Social Rights will also be particularly welcome.

Social partner organisations

June 15, 2017