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European Rural Development Fund

Finance Objective(s)

Strengthen economic and social cohesion
Energy Transition Strategy / Decarbonisation Plan
Project implementation


The European Rural Development Fund aims to strengthen economic and social cohesion in the European Union by correcting imbalances between its regions. The focus of investments under this programme lies on innovation and research, the digital agenda, support for SMEs and the low carbon economy. Areas that are naturally disadvantaged from a geographical viewpoint (remote, mountainous or sparsely populated areas, including Outermost Areas) benefit from special treatment. 

Who can apply

Depending on the operational programme:

  • Local authorities and administrative bodies
  • Social, cultural and educational institutions
  • NGOs, Companies, SMEs and associations