Articles par L'ESSentiel

Investing in young researchers : Carlos story

Carlos conducts live-saving research into cancer in Salamanca, Spain. He has been able to advance his studies thanks to support from the European Social Fund (ESF).   The ESF’s Operational Programme for Castile and Leon (2007-2013) contributes to the post-graduate study and training of about 200 young researchers across the region. The beneficiaries, who are […]

‘Life coach’ is in business to help others

Mogens overcame chronic shyness to become a musician and actor. Today, he runs his own life coach business through which he helps to motivate others. He set up his company after taking an entrepreneurship training programme, which was co-funded by the European Social Fund. The training course – organised by the Centre for Entrepreneurship at […]

Tha Fairphone : A smartphone with social values !

“Buy a fairphone, Join a movement” is kind of slogan for this new smartphone The least we can say is that the smartphone industry and much was written on its unethical and unsustainable nature… A few months the program “Cash investigation”, broadcasted last November on France 2 TV and presented by Elise Lucet, pointed out […]

How does the European Social Funds (FSE) help european entrepreneurship

Bringing opportunities to Lithuanian ‘Neet’ youngsters –   ESF- funded project to support more than 35 000 young people as they build a future. The nationwide ‘Discover Yourself’ project aims to reduce the number of young people aged between 15 and 29 who are not in education, employment or training (‘Neet’). It boosts their personal, […]

Going digital in Denmark

ESF funding to boost Danish SMEs’ digitalisation processes and e-commerce. A new project, managed by FDIH, the Danish e-commerce association, aims to support SMEs in their digitalisation efforts, while enhancing their productivity and exploiting the potential of e-commerce. Helping SMEs embrace the digital economy is seen as a way of meeting the challenge of boosting […]

Andrzej (Poland) shares his own story : Disability is no barrier to work

Andrzej used to have a secure, well-paid job in the shipyards of Gdynia, Poland until he became disabled. Five years of unemployment followed, then he took part in a job-seeking course backed by the European Social Fund – upon completion, he only needed a day to find work! The four-day course that Andrzej enrolled on […]

Partners in Poland’s social economy

Lower Silesia Voivodship is boosting the region’s ‘third sector’ with the help of ESF funding. Over EUR 3.7 million will go towards the creation of new non-government organisations (NGOs) and for capacity-building in NGOs already established in the sub-regions of Wałbrzyski, Wrocławski, Jeleniogórski and Legnicko-Głogowski. Training, workshops, start-up support for social enterprises and other uses […]

Commission adopts ambitious new Circular Economy Package

the Commission adopted an ambitious new Circular Economy Package to stimulate Europe’s transition towards a circular economy which will boost global competitiveness, foster sustainable economic growth and generate new jobs. On december 2nd,  the European Commission adopted an ambitious new Circular Economy Package to help European businesses and consumers to make the transition to a stronger […]

Responsible action – an opportunity to be harnessed

As I write this column, the rain is pouring down and the wind beats menacingly at the roof sheets. It is almost dawn by the Aura River. This is not the first time this autumn that I have been woken up by nature’s alarm clock instead of my iPhone melody ringtone. Although the weather this […]