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Regional policy

What the Commission is doing

Regional policy is delivered through 3 main funds:

Together with the European agricultural fund for rural development (EAFRD) and the European Maritime, Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund (EMFAF), they make up the European structural and investment (ESI) funds.


  • Strong research, technological development and innovation
  • Access to, and use and quality of, information and communication technologies
  • Competitive small business
  • Shift towards a low-carbon economy
  • Adaptation to climate change, risk prevention and management
  • Environmental protection and resource efficiency
  • Sustainable transport and better transport infrastructures
  • Sustainable and quality employment and labour mobility
  • Promote social inclusion, combating poverty and any discrimination.
  • Investment in education, training and lifelong learning
  • More efficient public administration

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Key initiatives

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