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DG for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion of the European Commission entrusted PPMI with a new assignment – study on ‘Off-the-shelf’ solutions for post 2020. The results of this study will be used to complement the ESF+ impact assessment by assessing options for:

1)       Developing EU-level simplified cost options for an EU-wide transnational mobility scheme for disadvantaged young people.

2)       Developing EU-level simplified cost options for provision of a broad range of personal targeted social services.

Simplified cost options (SCOs) are an innovative way of reimbursing grants and repayable assistance under the European Structural and Investment (ESI) Funds. Instead of reimbursing ‘real costs’, SCOs allow reimbursing expenditure according to predefined methods based on process, outputs or results. As a result, the introduction of new SCOs developed in the course this study will contribute to improving financing mechanisms and management under ESF+ for 2021-2027 programming period.

In addition, this study will also perform four feasibility checks designed to assess if any of the ‘off-the-shelf’ methods for EU financing (either simplified cost options, or financing not linked to costs) could be developed in four other areas. The latter are yet to be specified by DG for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion of the European Commission.


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