Since January 2018, the Think Tank CEC/CET turned into “CEC Focus group”.

This working group is composed of the CEC team (president, vice-president, management and secretariat) and active or honorary experts from the European Commission and civil society (Ex ETUI, ETUC, ILO, CEC members, especially those who agreed to lead the 3 ENELSSIE project working groups).

The task of this working group will be to come up with proposals for policy recommendations, or ideas for European projects to be sent to the European institutions and why not to your local, regional and national policy makers. The thematic of this group will be the following:

  1.  Active Inclusion Strategies in a multi-dimensional perspective: To help the professional and social integration of those excluded/farthest from the labor market, how to combine training, income support, social services provision and assistance to find a job (and possibly the provision of jobs in the social economy
  2.  Low Skills jobs and low skilled persons: How to match the skill existing demand for low qualifications jobs with low skilled young and adult people facing unemployment, through more articulated and personalized employment and training strategies.
  3. Local Partnerships: How local institutions and services providers can coordinate their action to provide the most effective support to people (youth and adults) exposed to exclusion from employment and to social marginalization. 

This working group will be active throughout the year 2018 in order to prepare working documents for this deadline and for the Commission and the European Economic and Social Committee.

In 2018, the CEC working group will propose the following actions:

  • Open questions from April 2018 to December 2018 to several European parliamentarians from the various democratic groups in the European Parliament (do not hesitate to send us the names of the parliamentarians you are working with and those who are likely to be part of the future Parliament);
  •  Organization of European seminar resuming the 3 themes listed above with the support of the European Economic and Social Committee in the second half of 2018, preferably in Brussels in September or October 2018. This seminar could be preceded by an enlarged working group towards the month of June, the place to be determined.
  • Seeking alliances with other European networks, social partners, civil society actors ... with a view to common positions with European institutions and European project development.

2012-2013: Amendment to the 2014-2020 of the ESF regulation proposition.

Download this file (ESF 2014-2020.doc)ESF 2014-2020[ ]

Amendment to the 2014-2020 of the ESF regulation proposition.


The proposed amendment to the regulations of the ESF 2014-2020 proposed by the Think Tank CEC/CET was adopted by the European Parliament.

We remind you the content: amendment 378: a share of 20% of the budgetary resources of the ESF assigned to the thematic goal "promoting social inclusion and combating poverty" should be devoted to exchanges of experience of transnational social inclusion particularly for marginalized publics.

These experiences should be implemented at the regional level within the framework of initiatives involving public authorities, social partners and associative sector of the concerned regions. –

Amendment 305: "for the more developed regions, the Member States concentrate 80% of the funds allocated to each program on a maximum of four of the priorities given in article 3§1. In these regions, the Member States should not forget to take into account poor areas (territories, districts or basin of employment in difficulty).

We thank the CEC's members who also invest and have contacted their European members of Parliament in order these amendments are taken into account in the future ESF regulation.

The work of lobby of the think tank was fruitful and encourages us to continue these activities of lobbying nearby European institutions.


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