PROGRESS is the EU employment and social solidarity programme for the period 2007-2013. It has been set up to provide financial support for the attainment of the European Union’s objectives in employment, social affairs and equal opportunities as set out in the Social Agenda, as well as to the objectives of the Europe 2020 Strategy. This new strategy, which has a strong social dimension, aims at turning Europe into a smart, sustainable and inclusive economy delivering high levels of employment, productivity and social cohesion.
The PROGRESS mission was to strengthen the EU’s contribution in support of Member States’ commitments and efforts to create more and better jobs and to build a more cohesive society.For the period 2014-2020, the Progress programme continues its activities within the EU programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI). The PROGRESS axis of EaSI will support the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the Union instruments and policies.
The EaSI PROGRESS axis represents 61% of the financial envelope for the implementation of the new Programme.
The PROGRESS axis aims to help the EU and the Member States to improve the policies in three main thematic sections: a) employment, in particular to fight youth unemployment; b) social protection, social inclusion and the reduction and prevention of poverty; c) working conditions.
The specific objectives of the axis are:
- Develop and disseminate high-quality comparative analytical knowledge.
- Facilitate effective and inclusive information-sharing, mutual learning and dialogue.
- Provide financial support to test social and labour market policy innovations.
- Provide organisations with financial support to increase their capacity to develop, promote and support the implementation of EU instruments and policies.
All these specific objectives are pursued and reached through the funding priorities identified for each thematic section mentioned above.
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