The ERDF aims to strengthen economic and social cohesion across the EU by correcting imbalances between its regions. It co-finances investments into the regions with Governments to support activities in the regions contributing to a balanced level of development.

Its funding priorities for the 2021-2027 period seek to make Europe and its regions:

  • More competitive and smarter, through innovation and support to small and medium-sized businesses, as well as digitisation and digital connectivity
  • Greener, low-carbon and resilient
  • More connected by enhancing mobility
  • More social, supporting effective and inclusive employment, education, skills, social inclusion and equal access to healthcare, as well as enhancing the role of culture and sustainable tourism
  • Closer to citizens, supporting locally-led development and sustainable urban development across the EU

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EU Budget

€313 million for the 2021-2027 programme period.

Eligible areas

There are two operational programmes in Ireland and the priorities for each programme are still being finalised. The programmes are as follows:

  • Southern and Eastern Regional Operational Programme
  • Border, Midland and Western Regional Operational Programme


North West Regional Assembly – David Minton

Southern Regional Assembly – David Kelly