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EU Structural Funds – what opportunities for funding homelessness services?
EU Structural Funds – what opportunities for funding homelessness services? TÓTH Gábor Brussels 8 June 2012
ESF support – an example• HU project launched in 2009 • EUR 9 million, 3500 participants • Agencies of local municipalities and NGOs • Labour market services Diagnosis Action plan Job-search skills Training Job application coupled with • Housing support Searching a rental Rent
Main principles of the new ESF from homelessness policy aspect• Concentration on Europe 2020 Strategy• Better coordination and harmonisation between the funds• Focus on results• Simplification
Concentration• Total cohesion policy: EUR 336 billion• At least 25% ESF: EUR 84 billion Including the successor of the food aid programme• 20% of ESF to social inlcusion
Better coordination of funds – integrated programming• CSF at EU level and Partnership Agreement at national level• Planning: addressing the needs of poorest areas or most disadvantaged target groups• Possibility of multifund programmes combining ERDF, ESF and the Cohesion Fund• Possibility to finance operations from more than one fund (CLLD, ITI)Easier to combine housing infrastructure with supportive measures
Result orientation• Ex-ante conditionality on active inclusion • A national strategy for poverty reduction is in place that • is in accordance with the national poverty and social exclusion target • indicates clearly measures to prevent and combat segregation in all fields• Joint action plans e.g.: number of additional places in sheltered homes, number of homeless participants in active labour market programmes having a job 6 months following the programme
Access to funds• Simplification • Harmonised rules of funds • Simplified cost options• Enhanced partnership • Possibility to involve NGOs through global grants • Appropriate amount of ESF resources to be allocated to capacity-building of NGOs
Next steps• On-going: negotiations with Council and EP on regulations• Final regulations: end of 2012, early 2013• On-going: preparation of COM position papers for discussons with MS on Partnership Agreements and Operational programmes• First half of 2013: formal negotiations with MS• Second half of 2013: adoption of OPs