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(09 June 2021) - At its plenary session yesterday, the European Parliament gave its final approval to the €99.3 billion European Social Fund Plus (ESF+) regulation.

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For the period 2021-2027, the ESF+ will remain the main funding instrument for investing in human capital.

Member States can use these funds to improve access to employment, create more and better jobs with fair working conditions, support the most vulnerable, including children at risk of poverty, and train people to have the right skills for the green and digital transition.

The ESF+ will also support Member States in their progress towards the EU's social objectives for 2030, set out in the European Pillar of Social Rights Action Plan.

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