MISSION - to meet formal requirements and ensure meaningful investment in people.
VISION - a leader in the field of the ESF, a reliable partner and a responsible employer.
The European Social Fund Agency and its staff proudly adhere to a core of common values, which include:
PROFESIONALISM – Competence and responsibility is key in the work they do to achieve a high quality results.
MUTUAL RESPECT – Each person is important to us and they value his/her opinion.
COOPERATION – They strive to achieve common goals through mutual support, benevolence and the timely exchange of information.
LOYALITY – They take pride in doing their best, willingly pool their resources, and value their organization.
IMPROVEMENT – They embrace new ideas and strive to gain knowledge to greater enhance their abilities.
Decreasing poverty and social exclusion;
Fostering entrepreneurship and employment;
Learning opportunities for everyone;
Development new generation of researchers;
Better public services for inhabitants.
The European Social Fund Agency initially was named Human Resources Development Programmes Support Foundation and was established by the Ministry of Social Security and Labour of the Republic of Lithuania and the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Lithuania in August, 2002.
At the very beginning, ESFA was established to administer the pre-accession instrument’s Phare ESS 2001 and Phare ESS 2002 projects, thereafter the Agency became an integral part of the Institutional Structure of Structural Funds in Lithuania. Since its inception, ESFA was appointed to administer the SPD 2004-2006 – during the 2004-2006 programming period, the ESF 2007-2013 – for the 2007-2013 programming period and the ESF 2014-2020 – for the 2014-2020 new programming period.
With the accrual of experience and knowledge while administering the Human Resource projects, the ESFA was entrusted with overseeing the following new programmes: Community Initiative EQUAL (2004), SOLID funds (2007-09), European Glo¬balization Adjustment Fund (2009), National Programme of the European Year 2010 for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion (2010), Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (2014), Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (2014).
Since the very beginning of establishment they cooperate and liaise with the various institutions: ministries, agencies, foundations, social partners. They foster long-term institutional partnership with the Ministry of Finance, Social Security and Labour, Ministry of Education and Science, Ministry of Interior. Since 2014 their list of institutional partners was enlarged with the Ministry of Economy and Ministry of Health.
With the intrusted programmes delegated to it, the ESFA focuses on ensuring that all funds given by the European Union and the Republic of Lithuania are appropriately used. In addition, the Agency ensures efficient project management to include: project preparation, selection, supervision and quality control of project implementation.