Official documents

Complete versions of most official documents are mainly available in PDF format. If a document is not available in the official language of your choice, a paper copy can be forwarded on request.

  1. Regulations
    From here you can access the full texts of the regulations for the Structural Funds and the Cohesion Fund (for the periods 1994-1999, 2000-2006 and 2007-2013), as well as the regulation governing the European Union Pre-accession structural instrument (period 2000-2006 and 2007-2013).
    Political agreement on the regulations for the 2000-2006 period was reached during the Berlin European Council on 24 and 25 March 1999. (conclusions)

  2. Decisions
    As part of its responsibilities within the framework of Structural Funds management, the European Commission takes decisions on the concrete implementation of the regulations. In this section for example, you will find decisions on eligible areas for regional development Objectives 1 and 2 and on the budgetary allocations per Member State concerned.

  3. Guidelines
    Here you will find direct access to the Commission guidelines setting regional development priorities for the programming period 2000-2006 and the Commission's internal guidelines for financial corrections.

  4. Reports
    To trace the development of Cohesion policy and its impact in the regions, refer to the Annual Reports on the implementation of the Structural and Cohesion Funds. Other useful reference documents include the Report on the situation in the regions, and the mid-term reviews of certain programmes.

  5. Thematic Communications
    The following Commission Communications aim to review the current situation as regards economic and social cohesion and to present proposals for further action in this area.

  6. Working documents
    These documents were prepared by the services of the European Commission in order to assist all those involved in the implementation of Europen structural actions.

  7. Documents on Spatial Planning in Europe
    Here you will find the text of the European Spatial Development Perspective (ESDP). You will also find links to other working documents on spatial development in Europe.