Priorities for 2014-2020

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What’s new for 2014-2020?

  • Stronger focus on results: clearer and measurable targets for better accountability.
  • Simplification: one set of rules for five Funds.
  • Conditions: introduction of specific preconditions before funds can be channelled.
  • Strengthened urban dimension and fight for social inclusion: a minimum amount of ERDF earmarked for integrated projects in cities and of ESF to support marginalised communities.
  • Link to economic reform: the Commission may suspend funding for a Member State which does not comply with EU economic rules.

What are the priorities?

Cohesion Policy has set 11 thematic objectives supporting growth for the period 2014-2020.

  • Investment from the ERDF will support all 11 objectives, but 1-4 are the main priorities for investment. 
  • Main priorities for the ESF are 8-11, though the Fund also supports 1-4.
  • The Cohesion Fund supports objectives 4-7 and 11.

1. Strengthening research, technological development and innovation

2. Enhancing access to, and use and quality of, information and communication technologies

3. Enhancing the competitiveness of SMEs

4. Supporting the shift towards a low-carbon economy

5. Promoting climate change adaptation, risk prevention and management

6. Preserving and protecting the environment and promoting resource efficiency

7. Promoting sustainable transport and improving network infrastructures

8. Promoting sustainable and quality employment and supporting labour mobility

9. Promoting social inclusion, combating poverty and any discrimination

10. Investing in education, training and lifelong learning

11. Improving the efficiency of public administration