Launched in 2010, Europe 2020 is the European Union’s (EU) ten year growth and jobs strategy.
The European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) support the implementation of the Europe 2020 strategy and help reduce the varying levels of development in regions across the EU. The five ESI Funds are: The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the European Social Fund (ESF), the Cohesion Fund (CF), the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF).
The ESIF operate under a common framework and deliver funds in Greece through the Partnership Agreement 2014-2020 and its Operational Programmes. In order to maximise the ESIF’s impact, eleven thematic objectives are outlined for generating smart, sustainable and inclusive growth across the continent.
Other EU Funding InstrumentsBesides the ESIF, there are other EU instruments / funding programmes available, also contributing to the Thematic Objectives. These instruments can complement or be combined with the stream of funds from the ESIF. They can offer financial support in different forms and incentives, such as grants, prizes, contracts, repayable assistance and financial instruments.
In essence these are other EU Funds, the majority of which are centrally managed and allocated through calls for proposals submitted directly to the European Commission or its Executive Agencies.
The EU funding instruments (EU Funds) with a strong potential for synergies with the ESIF are the following:
For more information see also the EU publication Guidance For Beneficiaries of European Structural and Investment Funds and related EU instruments (PDF - 968 Kb)
Competitiveness, Entrepreneurship & Innovation
Transport Infrastructure, Environment and Sustainable Development
Human Resources Development, Education and Lifelong Learning
Reform of the Public Sector
Fisheries and Maritime