European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)

EU Regional Policy Funds

The ERDF aims to strengthen economic and social cohesion in the European Union by correcting imbalances between its regions. In short, the ERDF finances:

  • direct aid to investments in companies (in particular SMEs) to create sustainable jobs;
  • infrastructures linked notably to research and innovation, telecommunications, environment, energy and transport;
  • financial instruments (capital risk funds, local development funds, etc.) to support regional and local development and to foster cooperation between towns and regions;
  • technical assistance measures.

The ERDF can intervene in the three objectives of regional policy:

  • Convergence
  • Regional Competitiveness and Employment
  • European Territorial Cooperation
  • Specific Territorial Characteristics

The ERDF also gives particular attention to specific territorial characteristics. ERDF action is designed to reduce economic, environmental and social problems in towns. Naturally disadvantaged areas geographically speaking (remote, mountainous or sparsely populated areas) benefit from special treatment. Lastly, the outermost areas also benefit from specific assistance from the ERDF to address possible disadvantages due to their remoteness.


Further details

ERDF in Baden-Württemberg (German only)