Include the stakes of the home employment sector in the funding of the cohesion policy
The stakes of the sector must count as priorities and be better pinpointed in the funding of the Cohesion Policy. The “thematic / specific objectives” are defined by the European Commission and then broken down (or not) by the management authorities (State or Region) in their Operational Programmes. The stakes are therefore two-fold: ensure that the home employment sector (and the related issues) is well-covered by the TO/SO proposed by the Commission, and ensure that the management authorities then take them up locally and choose to devolve a part of their budget to this type of action rather than to others.
- A part of the vocational training could be financed by European Funds such as the European Social Fund (ESF). Although the ESF currently allows to fund a part of vocational training, here it would be a question of targeting the persons who are the furthest away from employment and who could benefit from training and qualification actions of employees of the sector, in particular migrants.
- Experiments on a regional / local level could be carried out in order to fund cross-sector projects related to home employment.
- Moreover, when defining their regional innovation schemes, European regions could develop a more inclusive and pluralistic vision, in particular through social innovation. In this respect, it would be relevant to allow the funding of research in social sciences in order to provide a better response to the sector’s stakes in the forthcoming period. Finally, in light of objective no. 4, Structural Funds could be used to fund the integration of migrants at a local scale. This indication is included in the Commission’s proposals for post-2020 ESF+ fund program.