The European 2020 Strategy, adopted in the European Council in June 2010, defines the goals of intelligent, sustainable and integrating growth and makes up the framework of reference for cohesion of economic and employment policies for European Union Member States. Promoting integrating growth implies, among other things, strengthening the fight against poverty, social exclusion and discrimination to guarantee equal opportunities on the job market and make the most of the social economy's economic recovery potential.
The European Social Fund (ESF) is the main financial instrument encouraging employment in EU Member States and promoting greater economic and social cohesion within EU countries.
The Operational Programme for Social Inclusion and the Social Economy (POISES) and the Youth Employment Operational Program (POEJ) for the 2014-2020 period is a programme financed by the European Social Fund.
”la Caixa” Foundation has been designated as an intermediary body by the European Social Fund for POISES and POEJ programmes. Within this collaboration framework, ”la Caixa” Foundation will set up two programmes: Más Empleo Programme and Empleo Joven Programme, both jointly financed by the European Social Fund and ”la Caixa” Foundation.