During the recent COVID-19 outbreak, the concept of EU solidarity has become central to the EU debate. In this policy dossier, our objective is to analyse the European Union Solidarity Fund (EUSF), an instrument created in 2002 to aid Member States hit by an unforeseeable natural calamity.
This policy dossier is part of a series of analyses on the financial instruments available to the European Social Union (ESU). The European Social Fund is one of the longest-standing instruments of supranational policy available to the EU. The dossier will deal with the ESF history, policy goals, budget and visibility.
For the MFF 2021–2027, Member States have decided not to increase the EU budget, despite the adverse consequences that the Great Recession had on many European territories. As a consequence, cohesion policy, in 2021–2027, will be too small a blanket to cater to the needs of the Eastern and Southern peripheries adequately.