Annex 1: Overview of European financing options relevant for cities

European Funds


What is   funded/financed

Co-financing rate

Contacts and   further information

European Fund for Regional   Development





-  Implementation of adaptation measures

-  Develop adaptation Strategies

-  Develop networks and clusters

-  Capacity building

Depends on the agreement in the Operational   Programme. Ranges between 50-85%


Cohesion Fund



Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece,   Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia and   Slovenia

- Implementation of large-scale   projects

- Regional knowledge transfer projects

- Capacity building

Up to 85%


European Social   Fund





- Trainings and educational activities

-   Advisory services

-   Knowledge sharing

-   Develop strategies

-   Awareness Campaigns

Up to 100%



15 Regional Programmes and   European Territorial Cooperation


EU-28, Norway and and   Switzerland


Depends on the Regional   Programme

- Implementation of cooperation projects and measures

- Develop networks

Between 50-85% depending on the   country



EU-28, Norway and Switzerland

-   Facilitates transnational exchange

-   Exchange of good practice and dissemination

-   Capacity Building

- EU MS: ranges between 70-85% (linked to ERDF)

- Norway and Switzerland: co-financed up to 50% by Norwegian and Swiss   national funds





- Implementation of adaptation   measures and projects

- Awareness raising

- Implementation of integrated projects on large   territorial scale

- Grants to NGOs

2014-2017: 60%
   2017-2020: 55%

Capacity building projects   2014-2020: 100%

EEA Grants

EU-28, Norway  and Switzerland

- Information exchange

-   Implementation of measures and projects

-   Develop plans and strategies

Depends on the   Partnership Agreement. Usually between 85-100%

Horizon 2020

EU-28 and some non EU-MS

- Research projects

Up to 100% of eligible


Urban Innovation Actions

EU-28 – any city with inhabitants over 50.000

-   Test innovation solutions through implementation of measures and projects

-   Knowledge sharing and lessons learned

Projects receive   ERDF co-financing up to 80% of the eligible costs.

JPI Urban Europe

Austria, Belgium, Cyprus,   Denmark, France, Finland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, The Netherlands, Norway,   Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Sweden, Turkey, United

- Joint research

- Joint implementation of projects

Depends on the country

European Investment Bank (EIB)

EU-28, EFTA countries, Enlargement countries

-   Implementation of measures and projects

Bank loans

EIB Natural Capital Financing   Facility (NCFF)


- Implementation of measures and projects

-Payments for ecosystem services

- Support to adaptation businesses

Bank loans and technical   assistance supported through LIFE funds


JESSICA: Joint European Support for Sustainable   Investment in City Areas




-   Implementation of projects that form part of “integrated and sustainable   urban development plans”

-   Office space for SMEs, IT and/or R&D sectors

Investment instrument supported through ERDF funds

European Bank for   Reconstruction and Development


Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cyprus, FYR Macedonia,   Greece, Kosovo, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Croatia, Czech Republic,   Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovak Republic, Slovenia,   Belarus, Moldova, Ukraine, Russia, Turkey

- Implementation of large-scale projects

N/A Bank loans

Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA)

Turkey, Albania,   Montenegro, Serbia and the FYR Macedonia,

Bosnia-Herzegovina,   Kosovo

-   Financial and technical help to building capacity during accession process


Country specific:


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