Cohesion Policy and the Europe 2020 strategy

The Europe 2020 strategy

Europe 2020 is the EU's strategy to promote smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.

The EU has set ambitious objectives to be reached by 2020 in five main areas:

Cohesion Policy provides the necessary investment framework and delivery system to deliver the Europe 2020 objectives.


Cohesion policy: investing in smart, sustainable and inclusive growth

The European Regional Development Fund, European Social Fund and Cohesion Fund together account for more than one third of the EU's overall budget. 

The European Commission is working together with the Managing Authorities in EU countries and regions to ensure that these resources are invested effectively in order to support smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.

EU funding is helping to support:


Involvement of Europe's regions in the Europe 2020 strategy

Achieving the Europe 2020 goals will require active involvement across all regions of the EU. 

The Committee of the Regions has set up a Monitoring Platform to help mobilise and involve regional and local authorities in the debate at the EU level.

And the European Commission has set up an on-line networking platform to allow representatives of regions to dialogue and exchange examples of good practice.


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