Connecting Europe Facility (CEF)

Total reference amount: €21,936.76 million (current prices)

Aims

The Connecting Europe Facility supports the development of high-performing, sustainable and efficiently interconnected trans-European networks in the field of energy, telecommunications and transport; building missing cross-border links and removing bottlenecks along main trans-European transport corridors.

The Connecting Europe Facility will allow the construction of projects that would not be taken up by the market otherwise. In addition, a centrally managed infrastructure fund will minimise administrative burden and decrease the costs for the EU budget by promoting synergies.

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Mobility and Transport website
Energy website
Digital Agenda for Europe website


Copernicus

Total reference amount: €4,291.48 million (current prices)

Aims

Copernicus is a European system for monitoring the Earth. It ensures the regular observation and monitoring of Earth sub-systems, the atmosphere, oceans, and continental surfaces, and provides reliable, validated and guaranteed information in support of a broad range of environmental and security applications and decisions.

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Enterprise and Industry website


Competitiveness of Enterprises and SMEs (COSME)

Total reference amount: €2,298.24 million (current prices)

Aims

The COSME programme supports the competitiveness, growth and sustainability of EU enterprises, in particular SMEs, and promotes entrepreneurship. To reach these goals, the programme eases SME’s access to finance by providing loan guarantees and risk-capital. It facilitates access to new markets inside and outside the EU and reduces the administrative burden on SMEs.

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Customs, Taxation and Fight against Fraud - Customs 2020

Total reference amount: €908.01 million (current prices)

Aims

CUSTOMS AND TAXATION

The Customs 2020 programme supports the functioning and modernisation of the Customs Union. The Fiscalis 2020 programme supports the functioning of the taxation systems in the Union and in particular the fight against tax fraud, tax evasion and aggressive tax planning.

Both programmes achieve this objective by funding a highly secured communication network allowing exchange of information between national customs and tax administrations and by promoting knowledge-sharing and networking between officials of the EU countries’ customs and tax authorities.

FIGHT AGAINST FRAUD

The Pericles 2020 programme aims at combating euro-counterfeiting in Europe and worldwide. It funds exchanges, assistances and training for authorities, banks and others involved in the protection of euro coins and banknotes. The Hercule III programme is dedicated to fighting fraud, corruption and any other illegal activities affecting the financial interests of the EU, including the fight against cigarette smuggling and counterfeiting. The programme helps national law enforcement authorities in their fight against illegal cross-border activities by financing technical and operational support and professional training activities.

The Anti-Fraud Information System AFIS is an umbrella term for a set of anti-fraud applications operated by OLAF under a common technical infrastructure aiming at the timely and secure exchange of fraud-related information between the competent national and EU administrations, as well as storage and analysis of relevant data. The AFIS Project encompasses two major areas, Mutual Assistance in Customs Matters and Irregularities Management.

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Taxation and Customs Union website
European Anti-Fraud Office


Employment and Social innovation Programme (EaSI)

Total reference amount: €919.47 million (current prices)

Aims

The Employment and Social innovation Programme supports employment and social policies across the EU. The programme supports Member States' efforts in the design and implementation of employment and social reforms at European, national as well as regional and local levels by means of policy coordination and the identification, analysis and sharing of best practices.

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Employment, Social affairs and Inclusion website


Erasmus+

Total reference amount: €14,774.52 million (current prices)

Aims

Erasmus+ aims at boosting skills and employability. The programme increases the quality and relevance of Europe’s education systems by providing funding for the professional development of education and training staff, as well as youth workers, and for cooperation between universities, colleges, schools, enterprises, and NGOs.

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European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), European Investment Advisory Hub (EIAH), European Investment Project Portal (EIPP)

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The EFSI is established within the EIB in order to benefit from its experience and proven track record and in order for its operations to start to have a positive impact as quickly as possible. The work of EFSI on providing finance to small and medium enterprises and small mid-cap companies is mainly channelled through the European Investment Fund (‘EIF’) to benefit from its experience in these activities.

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European Fund for Strategic Investment


European Solidarity Corps (ESC)

Total reference amount: €341.50 million (current prices)

Aims

The European Solidarity Corps creates opportunities for young people to volunteer or work in projects in their own country or abroad that benefit communities and people around Europe. Projects supported by the European Solidarity Corps can last from two to twelve months and are usually located within the European Union Member States.

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Euratom Research and Training Programme

Total reference amount: €1,603.30 million (current prices)

Aims

The Euratom Research and Training Programme (2014–18) complementing Horizon 2020 in the field of nuclear research and training was launched on 1 January 2014. It provides funding to improve nuclear safety and radiation protection, and to contribute to the long-term decarbonisation of the energy system.

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EU Citizenship portal


Galileo & EGNOS

Total reference amount: €7,071.73 million (current prices)

Aims

The GALILEO programme is Europe’s initiative for a state-of-the-art global satellite navigation system, providing a highly accurate, guaranteed global positioning service under civilian control. The fully deployed system will consist of 30 satellites and the associated ground infrastructure.

Galileo will be inter-operable with GPS and GLONASS, the two other global satellite navigation systems. EGNOS, the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service, is a fully operational regional satellite navigation system monitoring and correcting open signals emitted by the US GPS and Galileo in the future.

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Enterprise and Industry


Horizon 2020

Total reference amount: €79,401.83 million (current prices)

Aims

The Horizon 2020 programme aims at securing Europe’s global competitiveness, strengthening its position in science and its industrial leadership in innovation by providing major investment in key technologies, greater access to capital and support for SMEs.

The programme aims at tackling societal challenges by helping to bridge the gap between research and the market. Horizon 2020 is designed to be a different kind of EU research programme - funding the entire value creation chain from fundamental research through to market innovation, and with drastically less red tape.

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Horizon 2020


Interoperability Solutions and common frameworks for European public administrations, businesses and citizens (ISA2)

Total reference amount: €130.9 million (current prices)

Aims

The ISA successor programme, ISA2 (spelled “ISA square”), is aimed at further facilitating efficient and effective electronic interactions, cross-border or cross-sector, between European public administrations and between them and citizens and businesses, in order to enable the delivery of electronic public services and support the implementation of EU policies and activities.

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ITER

Total reference amount: €2,985.62 million (current prices)

Aims

ITER is an international collaborative project (EU, US, China, Japan, India, Russia, South Korea) to demonstrate the potential of nuclear fusion as an energy source. It is one of the world’s most ambitious research endeavours. Its results could dramatically change the world’s energy landscape opening the way to a safe, affordable, inexhaustible and CO2-free source of energy.

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Research and Innovation


Nuclear decommissioning assistance programmes

Total reference amount: €969.26 million (current prices)

Aims

Nuclear decommissioning assistance programmes finance the decommissioning of some nuclear installations in Bulgaria, Lithuania and Slovakia.

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Energy website