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Structural Funds Regulations 2007 - 2013

Articles 158-162 of the Treaty establishing the European Communities lay down that the Union should promote an overall harmonious development and strengthen economic and social cohesion by reducing development disparities between the regions. For the 2007-2013 period, the instruments to pursue these objectives have their legal basis in a package of five regulations adopted by the Council and the European Parliament in July 2006:

A General Regulation defines common principles, rules and standards for the implementation of the three cohesion instruments, the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Cohesion Fund (Council Regulation (EC) No 1083/2006).

In the attachment IV of Regulation 1083/2006 (page 76), the categories 11 to 15 concern both objectives, convergence and regional competitiveness and employment, and not just the convergence objective as suggested by the colours.

The European Commission's implementing regulation for the Structural and Cohesion Funds 2007-2013 (EC) No 1828/2006 represents one set of detailed rules on the management of cohesion policy's financial instruments:

The regulation on the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) defines itsrole and fields of interventions such as the promotion of public and private investments helping to reduce regional disparities across the Union. The ERDF will support programmes addressing regional development, economic change, enhanced competitiveness and territorial cooperation throughout the EU. Funding priorities include research, innovation, environmental protection and risk prevention, while infrastructure investment retains an important role, especially in the least developed regions (Council Regulation (EC) No 1080/2006).

The European Social Fund (ESF) will be implemented in line with the European Employment Strategy (Council Regulation (EC) No 1081/2006).

The Cohesion Fund contributes to interventions in the field of the environment and trans-European transport networks (Council Regulation (EC) No 1084/2006).

The fifth regulation introduces a European Grouping of territorial co-operation (EGTC) (Council Regulation (EC) No 1082/2006).

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