The aim of the Economic, Social and Territorial Cohesion Policy is to reduce disparities in wealth and development between the regions of the European Union.

The Economic, Social and Territorial Cohesion Policy has two main objectives:

  • Investment for growth and employment in order to strengthen the job market and regional economies;
  • European territorial cooperation, which aims to support cohesion in the European Union through cross-border, transnational and inter-regional cooperation.

This ambition is realised through support for actions that improve citizens’ daily lives.

This policy is financed in France by:

ERDF - European Regional Development Fund

ESF - European Social Fund

YEI - Youth Employment Initiative

For the 2014-2020 period, France is receiving 15.1 billion euros to implement this policy.

ERDF   8,4 billion euros (+ 1,1 billion euros dedicated to the European territorial cooperation objective)
ESF   5,5 billion euros
YEI   944 million euros


Breakdown by fund


Breakdown by fund of the amounts provided for under the model cohesion policy.


Progress of the 2014-2020 ERDF-ESF-YEI programme as of 31 March 2019

Projects financed as part of the cohesion policy

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