The European Social Fund (ESF) will be 60 years old in 2017. It was created on 25 March 1957 together with the Treaties of Rome. This brochure informs in German and in English about the history of the ESF and presents the different funding periods.
The minimum wage is in effect - and you have a right to it. The most important social policy reform of recent years has been a success: Many marginal jobs have become regular employment with mandatory social insurance, more people are working and wages have risen. We have taken a big step forward in terms of social justice in Germany.
Matching supply and demand in the labour market in times of structural change will be the key challenge for economic and labour-market policy. To make sure that the German economy will remain successful in the future and that everyone will take a share of our prosperity, skilled workers need the right skills and qualifications.