September 2016


That the EU regional policy, or Cohesion policy, is an investment policy to support job creation, competitiveness, economic growth, improved quality of life and sustainable development. These investments support the delivery of the Europe 2020 strategy.

EDC News: Cohesion Policy – Supporting Growth and Jobs

Cohesion policy, also referred to as Regional Policy, is the EU’s main investment policy for projects all over Europe. The meaning and purpose of cohesion was initially outlined in the 1986 Single European Act, where it included both social and economic aspects with the aim to reduce disparities between the various regions. Later, the Lisbon treaty added another facet to cohesion and it is now defined as economic, social and territorial cohesion.

The Cohesion policy targets all regions and cities in the European Union in order to support job creation, business competitiveness, economic growth, sustainable development, and improve citizens’ quality of life.

Cohesion Policy funding for 2014-2020 is concentrated on eleven thematic objectives and is delivered through three main funds.

Together with the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF), they make up the European Structural and Investment (ESI) Funds.

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