Contribution of the European Structural and Investment Funds to jobs and growth, the Investment Plan and the Commission's priorities

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The ESI Funds are the EU’s main investment policy tool: altogether EUR 454 billion has been allocated from the EU budget to be invested in more than 500 programmes. Together with national co-financing of EUR 183 billion, the total investment amounts to at least EUR 637 billion. With this budget, the ESI Funds have become increasingly important for co-financing public investments, while compensating for declining national and regional investments as a result of the crisis. Between 2014 and 2016, the Funds are expected to account for approximately 14% of total public investment on average, and even to reach up to 70% in some Member States.

Over 120 billion from the ESI Funds will be strategically invested in research and innovation, support to small businesses and digital technologies, thereby contributing to the EU's smart growth objectives. The Funds will also be essential for EU's sustainable growth. With EUR 193 billion, the highest EU budget ever allocated to investments in energy, environment, climate and sustainable transport, the programmes will significantly contribute to steering Europe on the path to a low-carbon economy.

In addition to investments in key infrastructures in broadband, transport or water supply, to name a few, and in addition to investments in education and training, social inclusion and professional adaptability of Europe's workforce, the ESI Funds will directly support two million enterprises throughout Europe to increase their competitiveness and help them develop innovative products and create new jobs.

Moreover, as an essential part of the Investment Plan for Europe and complementing the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), the ESI Funds will mobilise investment, support structural reforms, encourage private sector financing, address market failures and improve the investment climate.

Over the next eight years, 456 national and regional programmes and 79 Interregional cooperation programmes under the ESI Funds are expected to deliver a critical mass of investments in key growth areas, which will positively impact the EU’s economy.

The Communication on "Investing in jobs and growth – maximising the contribution of European Structural and Investment Funds" provides an overview of what the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESI Funds) are expected to achieve during 2014-2020 while directly contributing to the EU objectives of growth and jobs, the Investment Plan and the Commission's priorities over the decade. The report also includes the outcomes of the negotiations with all the Member States on the Partnership Agreements and the programmes.

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Investment areas:

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ESI Funds and EFSI complementarities

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