The 2008 crisis had led to a crisis of employment and public finances in the European Union.
In this context, the assessment of the value for money of the public funds spent for the implementation of policies meant to improve the employability of European citizens has become essential. Even more strategic is the assessment of the European Social Funds, given that it happens under the European Commission’s supervision. The EC is supposed to be for the Member States the benchmark of labour market policies and the ESF is an important lever for improving this kind of policies.
This document analyses and measures the performance in the EU States and suggests some recommendations in the field of the labour market.