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created Nov 24 2018

updated May 28 2020


This file contains "categorisation data" from the ERDF/ESF/Cohesion Fund programmes as adopted (including modifications). The data is in current prices. It is regularly updated to reflect reprogramming notified by the programmes.
The data is provided in tables, one for each priority axis (investment pillar), for each specific programme. The categorisation system is defined in Implementing Regulation 215/2014 with 8 dimensions -
These dimension represent different ways of categorising the nature of the EU support (i.e. the intervention (activity) field, the form of finance, the territorial context, etc.).
In the programme documents only 4 dimensions were encoded for ERDF/ Cohesion Fund while 5 dimensions were encoded for ESF and can be found in the dataset. In analysing the content of the dataset the different dimension should be analysed separately - **NEVER AGGREGATE VALUES ACROSS DIMENSIONS** as otherwise double counting of the financial amounts will occur.
A second dataset found here - - provides a lookup table for understanding how the Commission uses the intervention field codes to look at cross cutting issues such as investments in "innovation", "enterprise support", etc. That lookup dataset also has the "climate change tracking" weightings and a similar weighting system for "biodiversity tracking".
The Intervention field dimension is the most complete of the the different dimensions in terms of financial coverage. (NB although the SME initiative programmes were not asked to provide categorisation tables, because of simplified programming requirements, they have been manually added by DG REGIO.)
The total investments under other dimension may vary for different reasons (i.e. Technical assistance priority axes are not encoded in all dimensions, etc.)
If downloading, check the format of financial amounts and where necessary change your regional settings and default formatting in your chosen software. You can check the results of your aggregation of the financial data by comparing results with the pre-formatted charts profiled on this metadata page under “featured content”.

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