1. Introduction

A Partnership Agreement is a strategic document where a Member State describes the long-term strategy of the use of the Funds governed by the Common Provisions Regulation (CPR): the cohesion policy funds - the European Regional development Fund (ERDF), the European Social Fund Plus (ESF+), the Cohesion Fund (CF), the Just Transition Fund (JTF) - and the European Maritime and Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund (EMFAF).
The Partnership Agreement includes the policy choices of the Member States, the objectives that they intend to reach with the above-mentioned EU funds and their expected impact, the coordination mechanism, complementarities and synergies between these funds, the expected climate contribution target and a list of the national and (multi)regional programmes which will operate in the Member State.
Since the beginning of the programming process in 2019, the European Commission has been negotiating with the Member States on the content of the Partnership Agreements and supports them in finding the best strategy for an effective use of the Funds. Once the Partnership Agreement is submitted, the Member State can start submitting also its individual programmes - at regional or national level - which will be the legal basis for committing the European funding and for the subsequent project selection by the relevant authorities on the ground for the 2021-2027 programming period.
In this page, you can find the details on the approved Partnership Agreements by Member State. You can explore the total volume of EU resources covered by adopted Agreements by country, Fund and by policy objective. 
As of 22 December 2022 all 27 Partnership Agreements were adopted covering a cohesion policy budget of EUR 368 billion and EUR 5 billion under the European Maritime, Fisheries and Aquaculture FundThe two policy objectives with the largest allocations are PO4 Social Europe and PO2 Greener Europe.
Find more details on the 27 adopted Partnership Agreements: Austria, BelgiumBulgariaCroatiaCyprusCzechia, DenmarkEstoniaFinlandFranceGreeceGermany, HungaryIrelandItaly, LatviaLithuaniaLuxembourgMaltathe NetherlandsPolandPortugalRomaniaSlovakiaSlovenia, Spain and Sweden.

2. The steps towards programming allocations

Following the agreement on the 2021-2027 Multiannual Financial Framework, the detailed allocation of EU resources mentioned above goes through a three stage process where Member States and the Commission agree on the allocations of funding among individual programmes, funds and categories of region. The three stages are
  1. The initial allocations by Member State, fund and category of region were established by the Commission in an Implementing Act in July 2021 (see this datastory).
  2. The preliminary allocations agreed with the Member States are further refined in the adopted Partnership Agreements (see the presentation below).
  3. The final allocations are fixed in the financial plans of the national and regional programmes, which can further amend somewhat the allocations.  The planned finances from the adopted programmes are presented on the main Cohesion Open Data platform by country, fund and policy objective).

3. Adopted Partnership Agreements by Member State

The interactive chart blow presents the planned EU allocations by fund as set out in the adopted Partnership Agreements (PA).   (Allocations to Interreg - the European Territorial Cooperation goal - are not included in the charts and related data below.)

- Use the filters you focus on one or more funds or one or more Member States;
- Select "Summary Table" to view the values.

4. Overview of the allocations by Fund

The EU budget for cohesion policy available for programming in the Member States is EUR 368 Billion. It breaks down as follows: 
  • ERDF: EUR 214 billion
  • ESF+: EUR 95 billion
  • Cohesion Fund: EUR 39 billion
  • Just Transition Fund: EUR 20 billion
The EMFAF has an EU allocation of EUR 5 billion. 
The chart to the right shows the volume of those funds that have already been allocated on a preliminary basis in adopted Partnership Agreements along with the total planned allocation including the national co-financing.
- Use the filters to selects a subset of policy objectives, Member States or fund(s).
- Select "Summary Table" to view the values. 

5. EU allocations by policy objective

5.1 EU Allocations by fund and policy objective

In 2021-2027, the legislation governing cohesion policy and EMFAF has set 5 policy objectives to be supported by the Funds:

  1. A more competitive and smarter Europe
  2. greener, low‑carbon transitioning towards a net zero carbon economy
  3. A more connected Europe by enhancing mobility
  4. A more social and inclusive Europe
  5. Europe closer to citizens by fostering the sustainable and integrated development of all types of territories

In addition, under the JTF, a specific objective was created to address the social, employment, economic and environmental impacts of the transition towards the climate neutrality.

The interactive charts below present the preliminary allocations by EU funding source to the cohesion policy policy objectives in adopted Partnership Agreements.
- Use the filters to selects a subset of policy objectives, Member States or fund(s).
- Select "Summary Table" to view the values. 

5.2 EU allocations by Member State and policy objective

The interactive charts below present the relative importance of the individual policy objectives under cohesion policy and EMFAF.  The top chart shows the EU aggregate position showing the relative importance of the individual policy objectives in so far adopted Partnership Agreements. 
- Use the filters  to selects a subset of policy objectives, funds or Member States.
- Select "Summary Table" (bottom left of each chart) to view the values. 

6. More Details


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Authors:  Monika TCHAVDAROVA / Luize KURME / John WALSH 
Text:          December 2022