The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) aims to strengthen economic and social cohesion in the European Union by correcting imbalances between its regions. It focuses its investments on several key priority areas:

  • promoting business investment in R&I;
  • extending broadband deployment and the roll-out of high-speed networks and developing ICT products, services and e-commerce;
  • supporting the capacity of SMEs to grow and to engage in innovation processes, including developing new business models;
  • promoting the production and distribution of renewable energy, of energy efficiency and renewable energy in enterprises, in public infrastructure and housing;
  • investments for adaptation to climate change;
  • investing in the waste and water sectors;
  • improving the urban environment, including regeneration of brownfield sites;
  • supporting industrial transition towards a low-carbon economy; and
  • supporting multimodal and environmentally-friendly transport and regional mobility.

For further information please see:


The ERDF website

Rules for the European Regional Development Fund

European Territorial Cooperation programmes