Main funding opportunities

Accession to the European Union

The Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA II) invests in the future of EU candidate countries and the EU itself by supporting reform in areas linked to the enlargement strategy, such as democracy and governance, the rule of law, growth and competitiveness.

Farmers in candidate countries are helped through a specific Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance in Rural Development (IPARD), which is part of IPA II.

Economic crisis 

The European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) supports people who lose their jobs as a result of major structural changes in world trade patterns (globalisation) — e.g. when a large company shuts down or production is moved outside the EU — or of the global economic and financial crisis.

The EGF can co-finance projects that help people find a job, provide career advice, education, training and re-training, mentoring or coaching, or promote entrepreneurship and business start‐ups. The EGF does not co‐finance social protection measures such as pensions or unemployment benefit.

Only EU countries can apply to the EGF. Individuals, representative organisations or employers affected by redundancies and wishing to ensure that redundant workers benefit from EGF support should get in touch with the EGF contact person for their country