European Structural and Investment Funds
Five main Funds work together to support economic development across all EU countries, in line with the objectives of the Europe 2020 strategy:
- European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)
- European Social Fund (ESF)
- Cohesion Fund (CF)
- European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD)
- European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF)
Every EU region may benefit from the ERDF and ESF. However, only the less developed regions may receive support from the Cohesion Fund.
Four financial instruments provide technical assistance (Jaspers & Jasmine), improve access of SMEs to microfinance (Jeremie) and support urban development (Jessica).
European Union Solidarity Fund
The European Union Solidarity Fund (EUSF) provides assistance in case of major natural disasters.
Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance
Support for EU candidate and potential candidate countries is available via the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA).