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European Regional Development Fund
|Link to the program||ec.europa.eu|
Content of program
The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) aims to strengthen economic, social and territorial cohesion in the European Union by correcting imbalances between its regions. In 2021-2027 it will enable investments in a smarter, greener, more connected and more social Europe that is closer to its citizens.
The ERDF finances programmes in shared responsibility between the European Commission and national and regional authorities in Member States. The Member States' administrations choose which projects to finance and take responsibility for day-to-day management. In 2021-2027, the fund will enable investments to make Europe and its regions:
The European Regional Development Fund will support investments of all five policy objectives, but based on their prosperity, all regions and Member States will concentrate the support on a more competitive and smarter Europe (PO 1), as well as greener, low-carbon transitioning towards a net zero carbon economy and resilient Europe (PO2), through the mechanism known as 'thematic concentration'.
All regions and Member States will concentrate at least 30% of their allocation to PO 2 and:
All regions and Member States will also concentrate at least 8% of their allocation to urban development that will be delivered through local development partnerships with different tools. Operations under the ERDF are also expected to contribute 30 % of the overall financial envelope to climate objectives.
European Territorial Cooperation (ETC), better known as Interreg, provides a framework for the implementation of joint actions and policy exchanges between national, regional and local actors from different Member States. The overarching objective of European Territorial Cooperation (ETC) is to promote a harmonious economic, social and territorial development of the Union as a whole. Interreg is built around four strands of cooperation:
In addtion to the five policy objectives of ERDF, the Interreg programmes have two additional policy objectives at their disposal, i.e. “A better cooperation governance” and “A safer and more secure Europe”.
|Regions / countries for funding||Overseas Countries and Territories (OCT), EU Member States, Candidate Countries|
|Public Body (national, regional and local; incl. EGTCs), Small and medium-sized enterprise (SME), Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) / Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Education and training institution, Research Institution incl. University, Private institution, incl. private company (private for profit), Other, International organization|
|other eligibility criteria|
In 2021-2027 EU funds allocated to Cohesion Policy amount to EUR 392 billion. With the national co-financing, about half a trillion euro will be available to finance the programmes in the EU regions and countries.
Cohesion Policy is delivered through specific funds:
Funds from the ERDF and ESF+ are allocated in three categories of regions (less developed, more developed, in transition), some countries benefit from the Cohesion Fund, some regions with specific needs receive dedicated funding (outermost regions and sparsely populated), and all countries benefit from the Just Transition Fund.
|Topics||Administration & Governance, Institutional Capacity & Cooperation, Agriculture & Forestry, Fishery, Food, Soil quality, Air Quality, Biodiversity & Environment, Climate & Climate Change, Water quality & management, Arts & Culture, Cultural Heritage, Tourism, Circular Economy, Natural Resources, Competitiveness of Enterprises, Employment/Labour Market, SME & entrepreneurship, Demographic Change, European Citizenship, Migration, Digitalisation, Digital Society, ICT, Disaster Prevention, Resilience, Risk Management, Education & Training, Children & Youth, Media, Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy , Equal Rights, Human Rights, People with Disabilities, Social Inclusion, Health, Social Services, Sports, Justice, Safety & Security, Mobility & Transport, Rural & Urban Development/Planning|
|Relevance for EU Macro-Region||EUSAIR - EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region, EUSALP - EU Strategy for the Alpine Space, EUSBSR - EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, EUSDR - EU Strategy for the Danube Region|
|UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN-SDGs)|
|Contact|| Infocentre and Contacts - EU Regional Policy |