Climate change and risk prevention
Cohesion policy supports adaptation measures by promoting ecosystem-based approaches, developing new infrastructures or retrofitting existing infrastructures
Cohesion and regional policy financing must respect state aid rules where relevant.
Culture and creativity can be harnessed for creating jobs and growth across Europe's regions and cities.
Education and training
Modernising education and training systems, investments in educational infrastructure, reducing early school leaving, promoting access to quality education for all.
Efficient public administration
Creating institutions which are stable and predictable and flexible enough to allow for open dialogue with the public, able to introduce new policy solutions and deliver better services.
Employment and labour market
Investmenting in active labour market policy, self-employment, labour market institutions, active and healthy ageing, youth employment and other measures designed to boost employment and labour mobility.
Single European transport Area, enhancing regional mobility, environmentally-friendly (including low-noise) and low-carbon transport systems, comprehensive, high-quality and interoperable railway systems.
Enlargement of the EU: regions in candidate and potential candidate countries
The instrument for pre-accession Assistance (IPA) is there to help non-EU countries to prepare their societies and economies for membership of the EU.
Environment and resource efficiency
Protecting natural assets such as water, nature and biodiversity and clean air, investing in infrastructures for wastewater treatment and waste management, monitoring the state of the environment and developing green infrastructure.
Europe's outermost regions
Improving outermost regions' accessibility to the single market, increasing their competitiveness, strengthening their regional integration within their respective geographic zones, reinforcing the social dimension of their development including through measures for employment creation, promoting climate change actions.
Investment in areas such as Europe’s ageing population, healthcare infrastructure and sustainable systems, e-health, health coverage, and health promotion programmes.
Information and communication technologies
Extending broadband deployment and the roll-out of high-speed networks, developing ICT products and services and e-commerce, strengthening ICT applications for e-government, e-learning, e-inclusion, e-culture and e-health.
Investing in energy efficiency in buildings, renewable energy, smart distribution electricity grids, sustainable urban transport and in research and innovation in these areas.
Northern Ireland: the peace programme
Northern Ireland Task Force, PEACE Conference January 2013, Peace Building and Conflict Resolution Centre
Research and innovation
Cohesion Policy investments in research and innovation, SME competitiveness, ICT take-up, energy efficiency and renewable energy and human capital development.
The European regional development fund invests in job creation outside the agriculture industry, developing access and connections between cities and rural areas, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the agriculture industry, and risk control in the agriculture and forestry industries.
The EU is helping SMEs access finance for investments, providing business advice, networking opportunities and cross-border partnerships, improving access to global markets and international value chains and promoting innovation.
Investing in health and social infrastructure, reducing inequalities in terms of health status, promoting social inclusion, improving access to social, cultural and recreational services, supporting the regeneration of deprived communities in urban and rural areas, providing support for social enterprises.
Tourism plays a key role in the development of many European regions due to job creation potential, particularly for young people.