The thematic pages
Cohesion Policy is the expression of the EU’s solidarity with its less-favoured Member States and regions. Tailored to the needs and potentials of the latter, programmes are co-financed by the Structural and Cohesion Funds and support balanced growth and job creation. Through an integrated approach, these programmes strengthen sustainable development of the regions and of the EU territory as a whole.
Eligibility of projects is in general defined by the Structural and Cohesion Fund regulations and depends on whether programmes are designed for regions under the "Convergence", "Regional Competitiveness and Employment" or "Territorial Cooperation" objectives. In addition, "Community Guidelines on Cohesion 2007-2013" provide for a common strategic framework which is mirrored by "National Strategic Reference Frameworks" adopted by each Member State.
These pages look at the most important themes and issues for EU Cohesion Policy and provide access to projects, programmes, statistics and further information.
- Business support
- Cooperation and Networking
- Education and training
- Employment and social inclusion
- Environment and climate change
- Financial engineering
- Information and communication technologies
- Research and Innovation
- The outermost regions
- Urban development
- Rural development
- Northern Ireland: The Peace Programme
- Capacity building and Governance