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PROGRESS is the EU employment and social solidarity programme, to support the EU’s approach to employment, social affairs and equal opportunities as stated in the EU 2020 Strategy.

The PROGRESS missionis to strengthen the EU's contribution in support of Member States' commitments and efforts to create more and better jobs and to build a more cohesive society.

  • Provides analysis and policy advice on PROGRESS policy areas;
  • Monitors and reports on the implementation of EU legislation and policies in PROGRESS policy areas;
  • Promotes policy transfer, learning and support among Member States on EU objectives and priorities; and
  • Relays the views of the stakeholders and society at large.

What will the money be spent on?  (% of available funding allocated)


Social Inclusion and social protection (30%)

Working Conditions (10%)

Anti Discrimination (23%)

Gender Equality (12%)


Access to the programme is open to all public and / or private bodies (including Third Sector organisations), actors, and institutions, in particular:

  • Member states
  • Public Employment Services and their agencies
  • Local and regional authorities
  • Specialised bodies provided for under Community law
  • Social Partners
  • NGOs, particularly those organised at a European level
  • Higher education institutions and research institutes
  • Experts in evaluation
  • National statistical offices

Project Examples

  • Public awareness campaigns on EU social and employment policies and laws
  • Training of legal and policy practitioners
  • EU networks of NGOs fighting social exclusion and discrimination on grounds of race, sexual orientation, age, disability or promoting gender inequality

Co-financing rates

Projects are financed at a maximum of 80% with some exceptions.

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