This Tool presents background to e objectives of EaSI, the new EU Programme aimed at sustaining employment, social innovation, social inclusion, and social entrepreneurship and micro-enterprises in the 2014-2020 programming period.
In accordance with Regulation (EU) No 1296/2013, EaSI (Programme for “Employment and Social Innovation”) extends political scope and support of three existing EU Initiatives:
the Programme for Employment and Social Solidarity (PROGRESS), established by the Decision No 1672/2006/EC;
EURES, the network of European Employment Services that promotes labour mobility within all the EU Member States, EEA Countries and the Swiss Confederation;
the European Progress Microfinance Facility for employment and social inclusion.
This Tool lays emphasis on the importance of EaSI for the implementation of the agenda on “social innovation” (currently at the top of EU political agenda) and of the Social Business Initiative (SBI), launched by the European Commission in November 2011.