Parliamentary Secretary Ian Borg opens ‘The European Social Fund: Past, Present and Future’ exhibition at Hastings Gardens: Over 160,000 Maltese citizens benefitting from the ESF along the years

Parliamentary Secretary for the EU Presidency 2017 and EU Funds Ian Borg addressed the opening of the European Social Fund (ESF) exhibition at Hastings Gardens, Valletta.

This exhibition comes after the ‘The European Social Fund: Past, Present and Future Conference’ held a few weeks ago in Gozo marking the sixtieth anniversary of the European Social Fund (ESF).

During the opening, Parliamentary Secretary Borg stated that human resources are the best asset any country can have and that the European Social Fund is undoubtedly an effective instrument that can support national and EU priorities in the area of human capital. The ESF 2014-2020 programme is now in its third year and is already picking up momentum in the implementation of various projects. The ESF has successfully helped almost 10 million Europeans to find a job between 2007 and 2014; however, further measures are needed to give better visibility to the performance of the policy in order to convince critics that the cohesion policy is now even more relevant and closer to its citizens.

Ian Borg said that in Malta-with a population of about 400,000 to 450,000 people-the ESF has supported over 160,000 citizens, meaning that almost every Maltese family has benefitted in one way or another from the ESF.

The ESF exhibition is open to the general public till the 28th of April-weekends included-and features the history of how the European Social Fund evolved along the years. It is a celebration of the results achieved, something which will bring more awareness and knowledge about these funds, said Ian Borg.

Parliamentary Secretary Borg concluded by thanking everyone at PPCD and MUESAC who continuously contributes with their ongoing work so that these funds are used effectively and in a timely manner. He also thanked those who set up the exhibition, an exhibition which will certainly help to attract more attention from prospective participants.

Source: Government of Malta