About the programme

The programme aims to promote the economic and social development of the EU’s 13 Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs), to increase their resilience and competitiveness, and to reduce their economic and environmental vulnerability.

The bulk of the funding will support actions in areas of mutual interest to OCTs and the EU – green, digital, sustainable growth and human development. EU funds will also support OCTs in building their capacities, and promoting OCTs’ cooperation with their regional partners.

Types of actions supported are determined in a programming exercise consulted with the OCTs, for instance:

  • In Greenland, EU budget support helped implement education sector reforms, leading to increased education levels and resulting in better prospects for pupils and students.
  • The Caribbean and Pacific regional programmes help address sustainable energy, marine biodiversity, resilience and climate change challenges.

Programme website

Impact and performance

Budget and performance

Includes performance highlights, key performance indicators, and the performance framework and assessment.

Programme features

  • Management mode

    Direct and indirect management

  • Climate contribution

    20% (target)

  • MFF heading

    Neighbourhood and the World

  • Total budget 2021-2027

    € 500 million (current prices)

  • Cluster

    External Action