Policy focus

Policy focus

Policy focus

Policy focus

The Policy Focus section collects articles meant to inform on the facts, the decisions and the events that shape the social dimension of the European Union. They offer in depth analyses and interpretations about the developments occurring within the EU political arena, and try to identify possibility spaces for the strengthening of the European Social Union.

Policy focus
21 January 2019

MFF 2021-2027: Winners and losers across the EU from a social policy perspective

This article is the first part of a focus on the financial resources destined for cohesion policy within the MFF. We are going to discuss how geographical eligibility changed in the Commission’s proposal when compared with the previous MFF (2014–2020). Moreover, we are going to focus on the resources that are going to be allocated to social Europe with the new ESF+.

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«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 two distinct peripheries adequately.»