REACT-EU, funding SSE projects in favor of inclusion!

REACT-EU: additional allocation from the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) under the European recovery plan

The REACT-EU system, an abbreviation for “Assistance in the restoration of the integrity and territories of Europe”, in this context becomes provide additional financial support and in exceptional cases by supplementing certain cohesion policy programs for 2014-2020, including the European Social Fund (ESF), to ensure the recovery of the European economy.

Within the framework of REACT-EU, France will receive a package 3.09 billion euros in 2021 divided between the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the European Fund for the Most Disadvantaged (FEAD) and ESF. The second package, estimated at 822 million euros, may be allocated in 2022.

In particular, almost 617 million euros will be allocated for financing under the ESF in 2021. professional integration projects and in favor of active inclusion. The 2022 envelope is still being determined. These new funding measures are already available in some regions and will soon be available in others.

What actions can REACT-EU finance?

The EU Structural and Cohesion Funds, and in particular the REACT-EU programme, are contributing to the recovery from the pandemic (Nicholas Schmit, Commissioner for Employment and Social Rights, press conference on the opening of the 19th European Week of Regions and Cities 2021) .

The social situation generated by the health crisis has intensified the difficult trends in the labor market, replenishment of FESI by REACT-EU seeks to fund action for people furthest removed from employment in line with the national strategy for the prevention and fight against poverty. The aim is to create and maintain jobs, improve education and skills, and promote the social inclusion of people in vulnerable situations.

Thus, REACT-UE loans can be mobilized to support integration paths, strengthen and social-professional support for people far from employment, support young people in the field of employment… So many projects directly related to the themes of the social and solidarity economy (ESS ) . For example, in the Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes region, REACT-EU will fund “actions to support, preserve and create jobs to help repair economic damage.”

Who to contact to benefit from REACT-EU?

Like ESF, REACT-EU is partly run by DREETS and the regions.. Also, if you have a project and it is in line with the fund’s priorities, we advise you to contact your usual contacts in the governing bodies (DREETS/Region) to find out how to apply (deposit on the fly or in response to a project request is possible), and a tentative program schedule, which may vary from one governing body to another.

For example, while in New Aquitaine funding channels are opened and applications are considered “as we go,” the Île-de-France region operates through the publication of project applications. In addition, some regions, such as the South Region, have created a dedicated email address (reacteu@maregionsud.fr) so that project managers can send in all their questions about the system. As a rule, all information is available on “L’Europe s’engage en [nom de la Région] “, as well as DREETS.

Eligible expenses from February 2020 and co-financing rates up to 100%!

The procedures for setting up and managing a project are similar to those for “classic” FESI projects. Guidance documents are available on dedicated sites (guidelines for project managers, beneficiaries, etc.) including, in particular, all community commitments that need to be integrated to ensure the security of their project.

In terms of acceptability expensesThese eligibility from February 1, 2020, and credits must be used by December 31, 2023. (the decision to award a grant may be made after the start date of the project).

Anyway, the project must be in line with sustainable, digital and green economic recovery and be carried out to: either mitigate the effects of the crisis in terms of supporting the most needy segments of the population and improve their skills, or to prepare for recovery by creating or maintaining jobs.

Eligible operations must comply with the “do no harm” principle (an integral commitment of the Green Deal for Europe) by supporting sustainable and sustainable investment in all sectors.

In terms of co-financing, the rate can reach 100% of eligible costs!
Particular attention should be paid to the interaction of REACT-EU mechanisms and FRR (Recovery and Resilience Fund), as they cannot be involved in the same project.

As the head of the French division of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion noted, REACT-EU was defined as “a bridge between two program periods” (2014-2020 and 2021-2027). That is why, in the context of the start of the new European programming for 2021-2027, these new resources have as their main goal a quick impact on the real economy and, as such, are aimed at specific mature projects that can be quickly implemented. .

>> There are structures such as Welcomeurope, a firm specializing in European funds, for support during the application process.

>> To learn more about the European Social Fund and Avise’s role as a sponsor see page Avise, intermediate body ESF

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