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The ESF rules and regulations

In the period 2014-2020, the European Structural and Investment Funds are governed by a set of common rules. In addition, Fund-specific Regulations define areas of intervention and other particularities.

Common Provisions Regulation

Regulation (EU) No 1303/2013 of 17 December 2013 defines common principles, rules and standards for the implementation of the five European Structural and Investment Funds: the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the European Social Fund (ESF), the Cohesion Fund, the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF).

Additional statements.

ESF Regulation

Regulation (EU) No 1304/2013 of 17 December 2013 establishes the missions of the European Social Fund (ESF), including the Youth Employment Initiative (YEI), the scope of its support, specific provisions and the types of expenditure eligible for assistance.

Delegated and implementing acts

European code of conduct on partnership

Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No 240/2014 of 7 January 2014 on the European code of conduct on partnership in the framework of the European Structural and Investment Funds.

Model for operational programmes under the IGJ goal and model for cooperation programmes under the ETC goal

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 288/2014 of 25 February 2014 laying down rules pursuant to Regulation (EU) No 1303/2013 and laying down general provisions on the ERDF, the ESF, the CF and the EMFF with regard to the model for operational programmes under the Investment for growth and jobs goal and pursuant to Regulation (EU) No 1299/2013 with regard to the model for cooperation programmes under the European territorial cooperation goal.

Electronic data exchange system and nomenclature of the categories of intervention for programmes under the ETC goal

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 184/2014 of 25 February 2014 laying down the terms and conditions applicable to the electronic data exchange system between the Member States and the Commission and adopting the nomenclature of the categories of intervention for support from the European Regional Development Fund under the European territorial cooperation goal.

Provisions supplementing Part Two, Three and Four of the CPR

Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No 480/2014 of 3 March 2014 supplementing Regulation (EU) No 1303/2013 and laying down general provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund, the Cohesion Fund and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund.

Methodologies for climate change support, the performance framework and nomenclature of categories of intervention

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 215/2014 of 7 March 2014 laying down rules with regard to methodologies for climate change support, the determination of milestones and targets in the performance framework and the nomenclature of categories of intervention for the European Structural and Investment Funds.

Transfer and management of programme contributions, reporting on financial instruments, technical characteristics of information and communication measures for operations and system to record and store data

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 821/2014 of 28 July 2014 laying down rules for the application of Regulation (EU) No 1303/2013 as regards detailed arrangements for the transfer and management of programme contributions, the reporting on financial instruments, technical characteristics of information and communication measures for operations and the system to record and store data.

Other acts

Overview on the on-going discussion related to the preparation of delegated acts, implementing acts and guidance for the ESIF