Europe 2020 is the EU’s growth strategy for 2010-2020, aiming at making the EU a smart, sustainable and inclusive economy with high levels of productivity, employment and social cohesion. To reach this aim, the EU has set objectives in five areas, in which each Member State has adopted its own national targets: employment, innovation, education, social inclusion and climate/energy.
In particular in the area of social inclusion, the Europe 2020 strategy includes measures on equality and non-discrimination mainly within the flagship initiatives “An agenda for new skills and jobs” and “A European platform against poverty”.
The PROGRESS programme was established to support financially the implementation of the objectives of the EU in employment, social inclusion and protection, working conditions, anti-discrimination and gender equality. The programme is a financial instrument supporting the development and coordination of EU policy in these areas, and helps contributing to the establishment of the Europe 2020 Strategy.