Cohesion Fund 2014-2020

  • Energy and Natural Resources
  • Regions and Local Development
  • Transport, Tourism and Travel
BUDGET: € 74.928,36 million (current prices); € 66.362,4 million (2011 prices)

The Cohesion Fund, ensuring an appropriate balance and according to the investment and infrastructure needs specific to each Member State, supports: investments in the environment, including areas related to sustainable development and energy which present environmental benefits; trans-European networks in the area of transport infrastructure, in compliance with the guidelines adopted by Decision No 661/2010/EU; technical assistance.


The Cohesion Fund supports the following investment priorities: 

  • Supporting the shift towards a low-carbon economy in all sectors by: promoting the production and distribution of renewable energy sources;
  • Promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy use in small and mediumsized enterprises;
  • Supporting energy efficiency and renewable energy use in public infrastructures;
  • Developing smart distribution systems at low voltage levels ;
  • Promoting low-carbon strategies for urban areas;
  • Promoting climate change adaptation, risk prevention and management by: supporting dedicated investment for adaptation to climate change;
  • Promoting investment to address specific risks, ensuring disaster resilience and developing disaster management systems;
  • Protecting the environment and promoting resource efficiency by: addressing the significant needs for investment in the waste sector to meet the requirements of the Union's environmental acquis;
  • Addressing the significant needs for investment in the water sector to meet the requirements of the Union's environmental acquis;
  • Protecting and restoring biodiversity, including through green infrastructures;
  • Iimproving the urban environment, including regeneration of brownfield sites and reduction of air pollution.
  • Promoting sustainable transport and removing bottlenecks in key network infrastructures, by: supporting a multi-modal Single European Transport Area by investing in the Trans-European Transport Network;
  • Developing environment-friendly and low-carbon transport systems including promoting sustainable urban mobility;
  • Developing comprehensive, high quality and interoperable railway systems;
  • Enhancing institutional capacity and an efficient public administration by strengthening of institutional capacity and the efficiency of public administrations and public services related to implementation of the Cohesion Fund.

Public bodies/entities Private bodies/entities


Member States, whose GNI per inhabitant is less than 90% of the EU27 average in making investments in TEN-T transport networks and the environment.


For contributions to an EU-level financial instrument under Commission management, a separate priority axis is to be foreseen in the OP. The co-financing rate for this priority axis can be up to 100 %

RESPONSIBLE BODY: DG:Regional and Urban Policy
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