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About the programme

The Recovery assistance for cohesion and the territories of Europe (REACT-EU) extends the crisis-response and crisis-repair measures delivered through the coronavirus response investment initiative (CRII) and the coronavirus response investment initiative plus (CRII+), and constitutes a bridge to the long-term recovery plan. The programme supports investment projects that foster crisis-repair capacities and contribute to a green, digital and resilient recovery of the economy, including support for maintaining jobs, short-time work schemes and support for the self-employed. It can also support job creation and youth employment measures, healthcare systems and the provision of working capital and investment support for small and medium-sized enterprises.

REACT-EU is not a new funding source, but a top-up to 2014-2020 European Regional Development Fund and European Social Fund allocations. These can be used until end 2023, as was already the case for the original allocations.

It is delivered under shared management. Local authorities call for projects adapted to their specific needs.

Programme website

Funding opportunities

How to apply

Learn how to propose a project, and how the project selection process works.

Programme features

Programme duration


Lead Directorate-General
Predecessor programme


Management mode

Shared management

MFF heading

Cohesion, Resilience and Values


Regional Development and Cohesion

Climate contribution

25% () (target)

Total budget 2021-2027

€ 50.62 billion () (current prices) under NextGenerationEU