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Title Term Definition
CF

Cohesion Fund

CF Regulation

Regulation (EU) No 1300/2013

COCOF

Coordination Committee of the Funds as established under Article 103 of Regulation (EC) No 1083/2006

COESIF

Coordination Committee for the European Structural and Investment Funds

CP

Cohesion Policy

CPR

Common Provisions Regulation - REGULATION (EU) No 1303/2013 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 17 December 2013 laying down common provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund, the Cohesion Fund, the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and laying down general provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund, the Cohesion Fund and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and repealing Council Regulation (EC) No 1083/2006.

CSF

Common Strategic Framework - The framework which translates the objectives and targets of the EU strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth into key actions for the ESI Funds.

DG REGIO

Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy of the EC

EAFRD

European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development

EAFRD Regulation

Regulation (EU) No 1305/2013

EBRD

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

EC

European Commission

EE/RE

Energy Efficiency / Renewable Energy

EIB

European Investment Bank

EIB Group

EIB and EIF

EIF

European Investment Fund

EMFF

European Maritime and Fisheries Fund

ERDF

European Regional Development Fund

ERDF Regulation

Regulation (EU) No 1301/2013

ESF

European Social Fund

ESF Regulation

European Structural and Investment Funds for the 2014-2020 programming period. They include: ERDF, CF, ESF, EAFRD and EMFF

ESIF

European Structural Investment Fund

EU

European Union

Financial Engineering Instruments (FEIs)

In the programming period 2007-2013, those set up under Article 44 of Regulation (EC) No 1083/2006

Financial Instruments (FIs)

In the 2014-2020 programming period, those foreseen in Title IV, Articles 37 to 46 of the CPR1

Holding Fund (HF)

As defined in Article 44 of Council Regulation 1083/2006

IFI

International Financial Institution

Implementing Regulation

Commission Regulation (EC) No 1828/2006 of 8 December 2006 setting out rules for the implementation of Reg. 1083 and Reg. 1080, as amended from time to time.

JEREMIE

Joint European Resources for Micro to Medium Enterprises

JESSICA

Joint European Support for Sustainable Investment in City Areas

MA

Managing Authority: For each operational programme, the national, regional or local public authority or body or a private body designated by the Member State to take responsibility for managing the operational programme in accordance with the principle of sound financial management – cf. Articles 123-125 of the CPR.

MRA

Multi-region assistance

MS

EU Member States

Off-the-shelf Financial Instruments

Financial Instruments referred to in Art. 38(3)(a) of the CPR, complying with the standard terms and conditions laid down by the Commission, in accordance with implementing acts to be adopted by the Commission

OP

‘Operational Programme’ referred to in Part Three of the CPR and in the EMFF Regulation, and ‘Rural Development Programme’ referred to in the EAFRD Regulation Document approved by the Commission comprising a set of priorities to be implemented through ESI Funds resources

Reg. 1080

Regulation (EC) No. 1080/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council, as amended from time to time.

Reg. 1083

Council Regulation (EC) No. 1083/2006, as amended from time to time.

SFs

EU Structural Funds SFs (ERDF and ESF)

SME

Small- and medium-sized enterprises – as defined in EU law: EU recommendation 2003/361.The main factors determining whether a company is an SME are: 1.number of employees and 2.either turnover or balance sheet total.

Summary Report

Report published by DG REGIO in September 2013, on the progress made in financing and implementing financial engineering instruments co-financed by SFs. Situation as of 31 December 2012.

Tailor-made Financial Instruments

Financial Instruments other than Off-the-shelf Financial Instruments

Thematic Objectives

Objectives supported by each ESI Fund in accordance with its mission in order to contribute to the EU strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth (See Article 9 of the CPR).

UDF

Urban Development Fund as defined in Article 44 (b) of Reg. 1083.