Cohesion policy invested over EUR 37 Billion during the first semester of 2021

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07/09/2021

The Commission has released financial data on cohesion policy implementation in the first half of 2021 on the ESIF Open Data Platform.

More than EUR 37 billion was invested across the Union under the 4 cohesion policy funds.  This represents a 6% point increase in investment spending since the end of 2020 – with a total of EUR 289 billion (58%) of the planned EUR 494 billion for 2014-2020 now invested. The increase in spending compares well to the EUR 23 billion investment spent in the first half of 2020.

The rise in expenditure in the 2021 financial data is in large part due to the significant reprogramming effort made under the Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative in 2020.  Significant changes took place in many national and regional cohesion policy programmes to support their COVID-19 response. 

For full financial details by country and programme see the charts on the #ESIFopendata platform:

Cohesion policy funds overview

Fund pages: see ERDF, ESF, Cohesion Fund and YEI

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