Cohesion Policy and the United Kingdom

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Period : 2014-2020
Date : 28/10/2014

In 2014-2020, the UK will manage seventeen operational programmes under EU Cohesion Policy. Of these, six will receive funding from the European Regional Development Fund (one for Northern Ireland, two for Wales, one for Scotland, one for Gibraltar and one for England) and six will receive funding from the European Social Fund (one each for England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Gibraltar, two for Wales).

How much will the EU invest in the UK from 2014-2020?

For 2014-2020, the UK has been allocated around € 11.8 billion (current prices) in total Cohesion Policy funding:

  • € 2.6 billion for less developed regions (Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, West Wales and the Valleys).
  • € 2.5 billion for transition regions (Northern Ireland, the Highlands and Islands, Cumbria, Tees Valley and Durham, Lancashire, South Yorkshire, East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire, Lincolnshire, Shropshire and Staffordshire, and Devon). 
  • € 5.6 billion for more developed regions (Northumberland and Tyne and Wear; Cheshire; Greater Manchester; North Yorkshire; West Yorkshire; Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire; Leicestershire, Rutland and Northamptonshire; Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Warwickshire; West Midlands; East Anglia; Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire; Essex; Inner London; Outer London; Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire; Surrey, East and West Sussex; Hampshire and Isle of Wight; Kent; Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Bristol/Bath area; Dorset and Somerset; Eastern Scotland; South Western Scotland; North Eastern Scotland; East Wales).
  • € 866 million for European Territorial Cooperation. 
  • € 206 million for the Youth Employment Initiative.

Of this, the ESF will account for a minimum of € 4.9 billion. The final share for ESF isfixed in light of the specific challenges the country needs to address in areas covered by the ESF.

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