European Social Fund inquiry continues

26 November 2009

The House of Lords EU Social Policy and Consumer Affairs Sub-Committee takes evidence at 9.40 am as part of its inquiry into the effectiveness of the 2007-13 European Social Fund (ESF) and how it might be amended and resourced in the future

Evidence will be heard from

  • Tamara Flanagan, Community Service Volunteers (CSV)
  • Alan Payne, European Structural Funds Voluntary Organisations Northern (ESFVON)
  • Laurie Moran, Co-ordinating European Funding for the East Midlands Third Sector (CEFET), and
  • Sandra Turner and Frank Mckay, Third Sector European Network (TSEN).

The Committee's objectives from this inquiry are threefold:

  • To make recommendations on short term changes that might be made to the European Social Fund to allow it to respond effectively to the evolving challenges raised by the financial crisis;
  • To assess the contribution that the ESF can make in the medium term to the post-2010 Strategy for Growth and Jobs, including the European Employment Strategy;
  • To make recommendations on the long term role and functioning of the European Social Fund, within the context of the EU budget review.

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