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European Social Fund Plus

The ESF+ in Estonia

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The EU will invest EUR 534 million in ESF+ funds in Estonia EU to  address social, health, lifelong learning and labour market challenges. Skills measures will be offered throughout all stages of life, ranging from support for school children, over upskilling measures, to helping people finding and advancing in their careers.  

ESF+ resources will also address child poverty, prevent early school leaving, support long-term care reform, match education to labour market needs and promote healthy work life. Support for food and basic material assistance will be also provided to the most vulnerable groups in society.  

All ESF+ investments will contribute to further implement the European Pillar of Social Rights and achieve Estonia’s 2030 social targets to increase the employment rate to 81,3%, the annual adult education rate to 52,3% and to curb poverty, with 39 000 fewer people at risk.  

ESF+ funds in Estonia are implemented through the national Programme for Cohesion Policy Funds 2021-2027 , which comprises all funding through the ESF+, European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the Cohesion Fund (CF) and the Just Transition Fund (JTF).  

Latest projects & news


The story of promising youth in Estonia

This video highlights the work of an ESF-funded, sports-based programme helping young people to develop their social and self-management skills.
Project participant Rosangelica with dog

Helping ex-offenders to rebuild their lives

There is a very real risk of being trapped in an endless cycle of reoffending for those persons who have just been released from prison, as they feel powerless and isolated from society. Estonia has