Direct management fundings are managed by the European Commission or through EU agencies. These fundings includes grants, financial guarantees, transferring funds, monitoring activities, selecting contractors, etc. All funding and tender opportunities can be found on this platform.
 jointly decided by the European Council and the European Parliament on the basis of a proposal from the Commission
The Cohesion Policy is the main investment policy of the EU, aiming to respond to diverse development needs across the EU by strengthening economic, social and territorial cohesion in the European Union. Cohesion Policy 2021-2027 is rooted in two of the six priorities of the European Commission, with the European Green Deal and the European Pillar of Social Rights. In 2021-2027 EU cohesion policy has set 5 policy objectives : promoting economic growth, job creation, business competitiveness, sustainable development and environmental protection. Because of the focus on inclusiveness, the cohesion policy funds are relevant for social services.
The European Code of Conduct on Partnership adopted for the 2014-2020 period continues to apply. This should enable a wide participation of different stakeholders into the elaboration and monitoring of the programmes. Under the ESF+, all Member States are required to support capacity building of social partners and civil society organisations, by allocating an appropriate amount of their ESF+ resources to this issue. Member States with relevant country-specific recommendations need to allocate at least 0.25%.
ERDF is intended to help to redress the main regional imbalances in the EU (see the EU map of the Cohesion Policy eligibility 2021-2027). ERDF is intended to help to redress the main regional imbalances in the European Union, through support for the development and structural adjustment of regions whose development is lagging and the conversion of declining industrial regions.
This new architecture is meant to provide a simplified framework for beneficiaries, increasing the impact of programs and projects in the social sector. Additionally, the new Regulation includes a dedicated article on the link between the ESF+ and the Charter of Fundamental Rights. Regarding the budget, the share of the ESF+ from the overall Cohesion policy budget increased from 23% of the Structural Funds to 27%.
 Especially relevant for countries struggling with the rule of law, separation of power and human rights
The European Commission consults the ESF+ Committee that focuses on issues relevant to the implementation of the ESF+ programmes. The Committee is chaired by the Commission and made of 3 representatives per Member States (one government representative, including the ESF+ Head of Mission, one representative of the workers’ organisations, and one representative of the employers’ organisations) and one representative from each of the organisations representing workers’ organisations and employers’ organisations at Union level.