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Priority themes for funding

EU cohesion funding supports projects in a wide range of areas.

The main fields of activity include:

These themes reflect the objectives of the Europe 2020 strategy to promote smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. EU cohesion funding also helps to support the implementation of EU policies in the areas mentioned.

Addressing the specific needs of certain regions

The EU is making specific efforts to support certain categories of regions:

Underlying principles

Cohesion policy must respect the principles of non-discrimination and equal opportunities between women and men. Funding programmes must also respect EU competition policy rules.

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