Key achievements of Regional Policy

The present country results are based on the Synthesis report of the ex post evaluation of Cohesion policy programmes financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Cohesion Fund over the 2007-2013 programming period. They present and analyse the findings at a Member State level and they attempt to answer three main sets of questions:

  • How the funding provided was used in the Member State or what the money was spent on?
  • What the results were and how far they contributed to the goals of Cohesion policy?
  • What the lessons to be drawn from the experience over the period are and what the implications are for Cohesion policy in the future or how the design and operation of the policy can be improved to make it more effective?

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So far for the programming period 2007-2013, key achievements of Regional Policy are:

Creating jobs and growth

Income has increased in the poorest EU regions with GDP per capita growing in these areas from 60.5 % of the EU average in 2007 to 62.7 % in 2010.

Investing in people

2.4 million participants in ESF actions supporting access to employment found a job within 6 months (2007-2010).

Every year, around 15 million people take part in the thousands of projects co-financed by the European Social Fund (ESF) across the EU

Supporting enterprises

Strengthening research and innovation

Improving the environment

Modernising transport and energy production

This page provides a snapshot of key achievements so far in the 2007-13 period (unless otherwise stated, data run from 1 January 2007 to 31 December 2014), and shows how EU Cohesion Policy is helping to weather the crisis and produce growth.

Impacts and results for the 2000-2006 period can be found in the ex post evaluations.

Data for research 2007-2013
Cohesion Policy Data

Examples of EU co-funded projects during the 2007-2013 programming period