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05/03/2013

Are tools in place to monitor the effectiveness of European Social Fund spending on older workers?

ECA Special Report n. 25/2012
Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union, 2013 - ISBN 978-92-9241-115-2  - doi:10.2865/61059



The European Social Fund is a key financial instrument for helping the member states in the field of employment. over the period 2007–13 the spending will amount to over 75 billion euro or 8 % of the European Union budget.  For one disadvantaged group, older workers, the Court verified whether the Member States and the Commission had set up and implemented the tools necessary to assess the effectiveness of their actions towards this group. Shortcomings were found in the design of the operational pro-grammes and in the monitoring and evaluation systems.  The Court makes recommendations with an aim of improving the monitoring and evaluation of the European Social Fund spend¬ing on specific target groups.

author(s): European Court of Auditors
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