Welcome to our Cohesion Open Data Blog!

On this blog we document and discuss the key developments on our award winning Open Data Platform and profile cases where the open data is reused
Our platform currently provides access to unique data on the monitoring of investment plans, implementation and achievements of a significant share of the 2014-2020 and 2021-2027 EU Budget. Depending on the budget period information is available on the following funds 
  • Cohesion Policy funds - the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF),  European Social Fund (ESF and ESF+), the Cohesion Fund and the Just Transition Fund;
  • the EU Agricultural and Rural Development Fund (EAFRD);
  • the EU Maritime, Fisheries and Acquaculture Fund (EMFF / EMFAF).
  • the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF), Border Management and Visa Instrument (BMVI) and Internal Security Fund (ISF) (2021-20207)
We also publish data on the EU Solidarity Fund (EUSF), the Instrument for Pre Accession (IPA), the Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument (NDICI)  and the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD). Data stories and data is also published linked to composite regional indicators and other regional analysis work.    
Please also check out the additional user resources below. The 2015-2020 blog archive is available here


  • New 2021-2027 data stories are being prepared on RTDI support, TEN-T investments and more. 
  • After the first interactive content linked to the 9th Cohesion Report was published in March more stories are being prepared to be launched in April-June 2024. 
  • The data on the first year of implementation of 2021-2027 programmes is being received, checked and prepared for  publication in mid 2024,  followed by regular updates. 
  • 2021-2027 data stories on the planned investments will be progressively updated to show progress in implementation in the period end 2024 - early 2025.

2024 - Annual summary report on 14-20 implementation; data story on risk prevention 21-27; 9th Cohesion Report; 

June 2024
On World Bicycle Day, 3 June 2024, we published the following data story on Cohesion Policy support to cycling investment in  2021-2027. 2024 already saw the European Parliament, the Council and the European Commission agree on the European Declaration on Cycling. It recognises the potential of cycling to help achieve the objectives of the European Green Deal, the Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy, the Zero Pollution Action Plan and Principle 20 of the European Pillar of Social Rights. 
Use this interactive data story to explore the planned total investments of EUR 4.5 billion under the  2021-2027  EU Cohesion policy to improve cycling infrastructure across Europe (EUR 3.2 billion coming from EU funding and EUR 1.3 billion from national co-financing).

May 2024
Support to the UN SDGs under 2021-2027 programmes
The European Commission is strongly committed to the UN's 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. EU cohesion policy, with its objective of reducing social, economic and territorial disparities within the Union,  is strongly aligned to the UN sustainable development goals. This interactive data story allows you to explore the investment contribution of Cohesion policy funds programmed for the period 2021-2027 to the relevant SDGs. 
The 2021-2027 cohesion policy intervention fields are matched to specific SDGs on a one-to-one basis, which shows that 94% of Cohesion Policy resources are directly aligned with 11 SDGs. We also go beyond this one-to-one matching to draw attention to a number of cross cutting monitoring tools that better reflect the support planned to the SDGs on (1) Gender Equality, (2) Sustainable Cities and Communities and (3) Climate action.
Interreg Common indicators 2021-2027
For 2021-2027 Interreg programming, an extended list of Interreg dedicated common output indicators and a new list of common result indicators were set out in Annex 1 of the ERDF regulation. The common indicators are intended to better capture the outputs and results of cooperation interventions. 
This data story allows you to explore the Interreg common output and result indicators with a focus on target setting.
Green jobs in Europe's regions
As part of the 9th Cohesion Report the shift to a greener and efficient economy is analysed. This shift can lead to changes in labour market and require new skills for clean technologies such as renewable energy or batteries, or for transforming existing technologies towards sustainability. Some regions struggle with this transition because they have difficulty attracting investment, outdated infrastructure, lack entrepreneurial innovation or lack enough people with the right skills.
The following interactive data story compares EU regions' share of employment in economic sectors that are systematically more competitive and sustainable based on the Regional Competitive Environmental Sustainability indicator.
Explore the long term impact of cohesion policy
The EU's Cohesion Policy is one of the largest policies of the EU Multi Annual Framework budget. With a total of EUR 376 billion planned for the 2021-2027 period, it represents one third of the total. The policy aims to reduce the difference between levels of development across the EU. This involves a substantial injection of resources in the less developed Member States and regions and plays a key role in fostering development and cohesion throughout the Union. The impact of the policy can be considerable, with GDP being more than 10% higher in some regions thanks to the 2014-2020 and the 2021-2027 programmes, according to model simulations. Explore the long term impact by region using the following data story. 
EU budget execution overview
The data story providing updated information on EU budget absorption across the 2014-2020 and 2021-2027 shared management programmes has been updated to include the following absorption data:
  • Breakdown of 2014-2020 EAFRD absorption by EURI vs MFF funds;
  • 2023-2027 EAFRD budget absorption by MS and EU total; 
  • 2023-2027 EAGF budget absorption by MA and in overview. 

April 2024
The EU has taken an active role in tackling air pollution. Legislation on air quality has been in place for a long time, and the EU Action Plan on Zero Pollution for Air, Water and Soil, adopted in 2021, contributes to the reduction of air pollution. Cohesion Policy also plays an important role in the drive for better air quality. The Cohesion Policy programmes for 2021-2027 envisage total investments of more than EUR 71 billion that principally or significantly contribute to reducing air pollution, of which around EUR 52 billion is EU funding.
In this new data story, users can use interactive charts to explore the planned clean are related investments by fund, country and type of action based on Cohesion Open Data.
March 2024
To coincide with the publication of the 9th Report on Economic, Social and Territorial Cohesion in the European Union (2024), the two data stories below were published at end March 2024 with interactive charts and regional maps. Find out more about the Cohesion Report on this webpage. More data stories linked to Cohesion Report analysis will be released in teh coming weeks. 

  • Integration of  Kohesio.eu project examples from 2014-2020
In March 2024, specific cohesion policy project examples from the Kohesio.eu collection of 2014-2020 projects lists (published by the national authorities) have been integrated into the Cohesion Open Data Platform. 
Those project examples appear on the following 2014-2020 pages:
  • Cohesion policy funds,
  • theme pages,
  • country pages
  • and programme pages.
Hundred of examples are available. For most funds, countries and themes 4 project are presented. To see more examples  refresh the page in question (crtl+F5).   
A view of the ERDF fund page, project tab for the 2014-2020 period with a renewable project examples showing
February 2024
The transition to a circular economy is one of the key dimensions of the European Green Deal, making Europe cleaner and more competitive. It will reduce pressure on natural resources and create sustainable growth and jobs. It is also a prerequisite for achieving the EU's 2050 climate neutrality target and halting biodiversity loss.
Under Cohesion Policy programmes for 2021-2027, EUR 12.5 billion of investment is planned for circular economy and waste management, of which more than EUR 8.6 billion comes from EU funding.
On this page, you can use interactive charts to explore the planned investments by fund, country and type of action based on Cohesion Open Data.

This  new data story provides updated information on EU budget absorption across the 2014-2020 and 2021-2027 programme periods.
It was prepared with the Commission's DG BUDGET in particular to provide an updated overview for EU institutional and other stakeholders. 
January 2024 
On 15 January the Commission published the #ESIFunds 2014-2020 annual report on implementation to end 2022 (latest financial data from September 2023). The report is available here on this webpage while the underlying open data on cohesion policy funding 2014-2020 is on this link. Key #ESIFunds achievements by end 2022 and financial progress by September 2023 are visualised below. 
  • The environmental risks facing the EU are multiple. They include floods, landslides, forest fires and extreme weather events that very often go beyond national borders and are exacerbated by climate change. These natural and human-induced hazards threaten the safety of people and damage property, the natural environment and cultural heritage. Under Cohesion Policy programmes for 2021-2027, investments of more than EUR 18.8 billion are planned in climate adaptation and risk management, of which over EUR 13.9 billion is EU funding. In this new data story interactive charts allow you to explore the planned investments by fund, country and type of action based on Cohesion Open Data.
This data story on the mapping of cohesion policy resources to the NUTS territorial statistical classification was updated
  • to include the 2021-2027 programme list mapped to NUTS territorial and
  • Links to the Kohesio.eu resources on 2014-2020 operations lists   

2023 - 2021-2027 Programme pages; A wave of new data stories; 2014-2020 financial data;  EU budget payments 2021-2027; end-2022 achievements

December 2023
The 2022 values for achievements under the 2014-2020 programmes (common indicators) were published on the platform across the different pages - Cohesion Overview, fund, country, programmes and theme pages. 
The relevant data is visualised in the achievement tiles with timeseries charts as shown in this ERDF tile on support to firms (enterprises) across. The charts show the progression of the targets, the forecasts from the decided projects and the achievements cumulatively over time.  In the case of firms the aggregated target had already been over achieved  (110%) by end 2022.  Other indicator values show that a variety of achievement rates.     
In December the reported financial implementation data from Member States by 30/9/2023 was also published.
This ERDF finances implemented chart shows that total spending had risen to EUR 275 billion by end September from EUR 238 billion at end 2022. 
The equivalent data is published on the Cohesion Overview page and on cohesion policy fund pages.

The preliminary findings of a study for the REGI Committee of the European Parliament was published on "Absorption Rates of Cohesion Policy Funds".
The study extensively uses  #CohesionOpenData along with case studies to understand the trends and drivers of absorption of the 2014-2020 #EUBudget cohesion policy funding.

October 2023
A major new dataset collected by the Kohesio.eu project has been republished on Cohesion open data here: https://cohesiondata.ec.europa.eu/2014-2020/2014-2020-Kohesio-projects/557j-pmg8
 The dataset of over 1.9 million projects / operations across the EU is published as a complementary resource to the powerful search and mapping functionalities on the Kohesio.eu site , combining the 27 national lists available on Kohesio in one source file.   
Presenting the full dataset using open data allows users:
  • to filter across national project lists for specific themes;
  • to download the filter results;  
  • to directly connect and query the dataset using SODA.api or other query tools. 
For a more complete Kohesio data description please read: https://kohesio.ec.europa.eu/en/faq
The cohesion open data user guide can help you access and filter the data.  
Greenhouse gas emission, pathways to net-zero - the journey of the EU's regions
An unprecedented heat wave rocked the Northern Hemisphere in June - July of 2023, with record-breaking temperatures, at the same time, a record amount of sea ice in Antartica was missing. Only a drastic and rapid reduction in greenhouse gas emissions could slow global warming within about two decades. Climate neutrality means achieving net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions requiring steep reductions in emissions while improving the capacity of soil to sequester carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. An initial milestone has been set for 2030 with the EU aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 55% compared to 1990 levels. These efforts must be undertaken across sectors and in all regions. Use the followoing interactive data story to explore 1) EU regional trends in GHG emissions since 1990, 2) the decoupling of growth from emissions and 3) emissions by key sectors.

September 2023
  • The mid-year financial data for Cohesion Policy financial execution until the end of June 2023 was published on the 15th of September. Total spending by EU cohesion policy programmes so far amounted to 84% of the available funding. Cohesion Policy spending in the first semester rose by EUR 43 billion total cost (EU and national). The total cohesion expenditure in the period 2014-2020 now reaches EUR 449 billion. Explore the data at national and programme using the interactive charts in the datastory.

August 2023
  • A  new dataset has been published on EU budget payments under the 2021-2027 programme period. This new data is also visualised on the Cohesion Overview (IJG) page and on all fund, country and programme pages. The dataset presents EU payments made split by “net pre-financing” and “net interim payments”.
    The relatively low level of cohesion policy funds’ total payments is largely determined by the low % of pre-financing under cohesion policy funding compared to other funds. The volume of “net interim payments” is expected to grow as Member States definitively close the 2014-2020 programmes by end 2023.
  • The format of the 2014-2020 EU payments dataset and charts were also been revised in August to reflect the “net pre-financing” and “net interim payments” payment types.

May 2023
  • The data story on the EU Solidarity Fund (EUSF) has been refreshed and updated with information on the EU support to disaster response in recent years.   
April 2023
A Commission staff working document - SWD(2023)124 of 28 April - was published summarising the outcome of the 2021-2027 programming exercise that was completed at end 2022. 
That document was support with an unprecedented wave of 8 #EURegioDataStories on the following subjects: 
The following datastory provides an overview of the open data resources available linked to key messages from the EC report on programming.   

Comparing thematic investment priorities by country 
A full overview of the 2021-2027 investment volumes planned and achievement targets (common indicators) by fund and country is provided on the cohesion open data 2021-2027 overview page.  In order to allow stakeholders to explore and compare in more detail the share of investments going to the thematic policy objectives by country and categories of region explore this data story was prepared. 
March 2023
2022 financial data
  • The financial data from 31/12/2022 was notified to the Commission at the end of January 2023 and was published in early March 2023. Find out more and explore the data using the story across.
  • Member States have reported Cohesion Policy spending in 2022 of EUR 74 billion. The total cohesion expenditure in the period 2014-2020 now reaches EUR 405 billion. This corresponds to 76% of the total planned investment of EUR 532 billion.  
  • The acceleration in the absolute level of spending was supported by the flexibilities that were adopted to allow the reallocation of resources for emergency measures to fight the coronavirus pandemic and the energy crisis. 
January 2023
2022 Annual Summary of Implementation for the 2014-2020 programmes
  • The 2022 Annual Summary report on the implementation of the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) 2014-2020 programmes was adopted in January 2023. Check the package on this web page
  • We also published on #CohesionOpenData the 2021 progress towards the programme targets (the fund pages for 2014-2020 show updated information for each ESI Fund) and the latest Cohesion Policy funds' financial data from 30 September 2022. 
  • The image on the left, below, sums up the main achievements at the end of 2021. The data story on the right shows the cohesion policy investment progress in more detail over the 2014-2020 period.
2021-2027 programme pages are available!  
The dedicated page to search for 2021-2027 programmes is available here: https://cohesiondata.ec.europa.eu/programmes
The page allows users to search for national, regional and cross border programmes 
  • By country
  • By fund
  • By period
  • Using free text (i.e. to search for regional programmes, key words in programme short titles, 3rd countries, etc.)   
In the 3 screenshots below you can see that
  1. The list of programmes relevant to each EU-27 country appears as a tab on the Country pages.
  2. The list shows the relevant National, regional and Interreg programmes for each country.
  3. Each programme has a dedicated page with the planned EU and national financing and common indicators with the specific targets set.

2022 - Coronavirus indicator update;  Financial data end 2021; supporting the UN SDGs; #EURegioDataStories regional analysis; #Kohesio is live; data published on 2021-2027 PAs and programmes 

December 2022
The data story across linked to analysis in the Cohesion Report is published.
Given the ageing baby boom in the EU, its population is very likely to start shrinking in the coming years because natural change will become too negative to be offset by migration. As a result more and more regions will have a shrinking population in the future. Already today, one out of three EU residents lives in a shrinking region. In eastern EU regions, this is the case for two out of three residents. 
The current age structure of the population, the increasing life expectancy and the relatively low fertility rates in the EU indicate that virtually all regions will experience a big increase in the population 65 and over and a reduction in young and working age population. Regions will have to adapt their services and infrastructure to this changes in the total population and their age distribution. Also firms will have to adapt to a shrinking working age population by investing more in labour augmenting and labour saving technologies.
October 2022
The Cohesion Open Data Platform was extended on 10 October to present the 2021-2027 period and adopted programmes!! This is a major exercise in transparency, sharing the policy choices of the Member States, working with the EC, the objectives that they intend to reach with EU funds and their expected achievements.
  • The presentation of EUR 308 billion under the IJG goal from 22 adopted Partnership Agreements is in the interactive datastory across.  Twenty two partnerships are adopted representing 83% of available cohesion policy budget. 
  • Charts and data from 150 adopted cohesion policy programmes covering more than EUR 110 billion in EU financing are presented on the main platform with pages and interactive charts presenting the data by theme, country and fund  as set out below; 
  • The platform will be updated with details from adopted programmes on a daily basis. The full investment picture should be available in early 2023 once all programmes are formalised.
September 2022
  • The mid year financial data for cohesion policy financial execution as at 30 June 2022 was published in the week of 26 September. Total spending by EU cohesion policy programmes in 2022 to 30/6/2021 amounted to EUR 32.2 billion (that compares to EUR 37  billion expenditure in the first semester of 2021).  The data story across provides an interactive guide to the data. Explore the data at national and programme using the interactive charts in the datastory .
  • This data also covers progress in implementing the EUR 40 billion REACT-EU allocations adopted in 2021. See "Finances Implemented" on the REACT-EU thematic page
May 2020
As part of the preparation for the relaunch of the platform later in 2022 the following three tools to support users have been updated by our team: 

In preparation for the 2014-2020 evaluation of regional policy the national, regional and Interreg programme monitoring systems have been examined  and rich data on the funded operations has been collected.  The data story below describes this results of the study and provides links to descriptions of the data and to summary datasets.    
April 2022
  • The second in the series of #EURegioDataStories linked to the 8th Cohesion report explores the innovation gaps amongst the EU's regions. 
March 2022
  • To coincide with the Cohesion Forum on 17-18 March we have started a series of interactive data stories to present specific regional analyses linked to the 8th Cohesion report. 

    The first data story allows readers to explore the regional impact of COVID 19 through comparison of excess deaths at regional level. Explore the analysis in the story across.

    Over 2022 we will launch a series of such data stories with updated data when available. Follow the debates online:   #EURegioDataStories - #CohesionReport - #CohesionForum
Kohesio is live!!
The Commission has launched ‘Kohesio' - https://kohesio.ec.europa.eu/ -  a public online platform gathering extensive the information on over 1.5 million projects in all 27 Member States financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the Cohesion Fund and the European Social Fund (ESF). It is the first time that such a comprehensive public platform of project data is created. It was set up in close cooperation with managing authorities in the different Member States and regions. 
Kohesio offers:
  • Standardised data on 1.5 million projects from the 2014-2020 funding period;
  • Standardised data on the 500,000 project beneficiaries and the state of implementation of the projects;
  • Data covering more than 300 programmes in the EU-27;
  • An interactive map to search the data geographically;
  • translations in all EU languages;
  • The possibility to explore the underlying EU knowledge graph and download the data.
2021 Financial data
  • Member States have reported Cohesion policy spending in 2021 of EUR 81 billion. The total cohesion expenditure in the period 2014-2020 now reaches EUR 331 billion. This corresponds to 63% of the total planned investment of EUR 522 billion.  
  • The acceleration in the absolute level of spending was supported by the flexibilities that were adopted to allow the reallocation of resources for emergency measures to fight the coronavirus pandemic. 

  • The total planned investment at the end of 2021 also includes the allocation of NextGenerationEU resources of EUR 39 billion EUR under REACT-EU added during the year. The remaining EUR 10 billion in REACT-EU is being decided in 2022.
  • The financial data from 31/12/2021 was notified to the Commission at the end of January 2022 and was published in early March 2022. Find out more and explore the data using the story across.
  • That financial data data is used for tracking EU investments in climate action and other cross cutting objectives. Use the interactive data story across.  It shows that, with Eur 56.6 billion in EU support planned for climate action Eur 37.6 bn is reported spent. Two years are left to complete investments.
  • The interactive data story across maps investments under cohesion policy 2014-2020 to the United Nations sustainable development goals.   It shows that Cohesion policy, funded by the European regional fund, European social Fund and the Cohesion Fund, is strongly aligned with the UN SGDs. The policy provides direct support to 11 of the 17 SDGs.
    Discover more across. 
February 2022
  • The data story across provides an overview of the Coronavirus specific programme indicators introduced first in 2020.
    During 2021 the Commission services received a first report on implementation.  After quality checks, the ERDF 2020 implemented values were published in December 2021 along with the 2021 and latest targets set under CRII and REACT-EU decision. 
    Use the global filter in the datastory to separate the REACT-EU or CRII related values. 
January 2022 
  • The texts on the country pages have been updated with the total EU budget available and the recalculation of the per capita EU funding following the additional resources allocated in 2021 and 2022 under REACT-EU and the Rural Development programmes. Check the updated texts: https://cohesiondata.ec.europa.eu/countries 
  • The REACT-EU data story across has been updated with the 2020 allocations (current prices) available to Member States to foster resilience and the crisis response.   The data story will be continously updated as the 2022 allocations are formally added to national and regional programmes.
    The common indicator achievement targets have also been added to this #cohesionopendata page: https://cohesiondata.ec.europa.eu/themes/13

2021 - 3rd User survey; REACT-EU programming; First open data on 2021-2027 - metadata on categorisation and indicators; Tracking ESF participants; #EURegioGender indices; Annual Summary Report 2021 

December 2021
  • The 2021 Annual Summary Report on the ongoing implementation of the ESI Funds to end-2020 was adopted in December 2021. Check the package on this web page
  • The report was accompanied with the publication on #CohesionOpenData on the progress to the end of 2020 towards the programme targets (including the specific indicators monitoring the response to the Coronavirus pandemic) and the latest financial data under cohesion policy from 30 September 2021. 
November 2021 
  • The publication of the 2021 summary of data on the implementation of ESI Funds financial instruments is accompanied by the publication of the updated data story across supported with detailed open data published from the 2020 annual programme reports.  
October 2021
  • From October 2021, as part of the preparation for the launch of the new period, we are migrating to the hashtag #CohesionOpenData when promoting our open data platform.  The hashtag #ESIFOpenData may still be used when referring specifically to data from the 2014-2020 period (N.B. the term ESI Funds is no longer present in the 2021-2027 legislation).
  • On 13 October the 2021 EU Regional Gender monitor was launched during the EU Week of Regions and Cities 2021. It was developed by the Joint Research Centre and DG REGIO. Its launch was supported with the interactive open data guide across.
    The #EURegioGender monitor reveals in which EU regions women are achieving more and in which women are at a disadvantage compared to men using 2 indices: the Female Achievement Index (FemAI) and the Female Disadvantage Index (FemDI). 
    The two indices are calculated for 235 EU regions at the NUT2  level and are based on 33 indicators grouped into seven domains. 
    The the two indices are set out in this working paper.  
September 2021
  • The mid year financial data for cohesion policy financial execution as at 30 June 2021 was published in early September. The data story across provides an interactive guide to the data.
    Total spending by EU cohesion policy programmes in 2021 to 30/6/2021 amounted to EUR 37 bn. Explore the data at national and programme using interactive charts.
    For the first time progress in implementing the first REACT-EU allocations adopted  by 30 June 2021 are also included. See "Finances Implemented" on the REACT-EU thematic page

July 2021 
  • On 5 July the first detailed financial data on the 2021-2027 period was formally adopted in 3 Commission Implementing Decisions.  the Commission adopted decisions breakdown of the EU budget allocations by county and EU fund and formalise the designation of NUTS2 regions by category of region. The detailed initial EU allocations in current prices are presented in the data story across showing the EU allocations to different cohesion policy goals and funds in a series of interactive charts.
    The 2021-2027 legislation allows for transfers from the initial national allocations between EU funds and also categories of region. These transfers may take place and can be decided during the approval of the Member  States' partnership agreements, as well as during both approval and amendment of  national and regional programmes. 
  • The adoption of the legislation was closely followed on 8 July 2021 by the publication of a Commission staff working document - SWD(2021)198 - describing the approach to performance, monitoring and evaluation of programmes funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the Cohesion Fund (CF) and the Just Transition Fund (JTF) for the period 2021-2027. 
    The document is intended primarily for national and regional programme authorities. It illustrates how the new legislation provides for a systematic approach to performance and sets out the context in which the common output and result indicators in the fund regulations will be used. The full descriptions of the common output and result indicators are annexed to the working document (as well as in this open dataset) in order to guide the programmes in their use, collection and reporting of reliable performance monitoring data.
  • The legislation for the 2021-2027 programming period entered into force on 1 July 2021. The legislation describes the objectives of the funds as well as the elements of programming.  On performance and monitoring  the legislation requires two specific forms of structured data exchange that will later feature on #CohesionOpenData:
    • The categorisation information system used for financial inputs used for monitoring, climate action and green tracking and  multiple other purposes (Common Provision Regulation (EU) 2021/1060 - Annex 1):  This open dataset provides the metadata of the categorisation dimensions and codes; this data story provides a description of the 2021-2027 categorisation system;
    • The ERDF/CF/ JTF common output and result indicators to be used in programming and in monitoring  are listed in the fund regulations. (ERDF/CF Regulation (EU) 2021/1058 - Annex 1; JTF Regulation (EU) 2021/1056 - Annex 3.)
      See the bullet above for more information on the definition of the indicators.    
  • In 2014-2020, the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Youth Employment Initiative (YEI) are active in their support of labour market, education, training and social inclusion measures. The actions have touched the lives of Europeans across the region, with 36 million ESF/YEI participants registered by the end of 2019 – over half being women. Over 4.5 million people have found a job thanks to ESF and YEI support. The story across allows exploration of the ESF's main achievements, main target groups and successful outcomes.
June 2021
  • We have published a detailed data story on the ongoing adoption of REACT-EU 2021 allocations of nearly EUR 40 billion - see below.  The data story expands on the  overview of REACT-EU additional financing on the REACT-EU theme page.

     This press release gives more context.  

Coronavirus indicator aggregation 
  • Linked to the EU cohesion policy response to the Coronavirus / COVID-19 pandemic the Commission launched in 2020 two initiatives 1) the CRII/CRII+ emergency response in 2020 and 2) additional resources in 2021+2022 under REACT-EU. This story allows aggregation of all coronavirus indicator values across both initiatives to give a more complete picture.

Cohesion policy investments in footpaths and cycle paths (or lanes) are predominantly made in urban areas.  Typically, the renovation of new public transport inter modal hubs involve new footpath layouts, bicycle parks and access. 
That said, cycle paths and footpaths may also be built linked to eco tourism initiatives, making rural areas more attractive and safely accessible and to interconnect border regions. Explore our open data on investment in the story across.   

April 2021
  • A data guide for students and researchers!!
    We are frequently approached by users for data on cohesion policy financing broken down using the Nomenclature of territorial units for statistics - the NUTS classification. Unfortunately, the Commission does not have EU budget data  systematically and uniformly available at NUTS 2 / NUTS 3 level.
    That said some options are available to do territorial analysis set out in the story to the right.
  • The 2020 Annual Summary Report was adopted on 28 April 2021 along with a synthesis of recent evaluations (see this webpage). Linked to the publication the following  changes were made on the Open Data Platform: 
The end-2019 achievement values for common indicators were published along with the end-2020 targets (reflecting reprogramming  linked mainly to the CORONAVIRUS  response).  See the guide to ERDF/CF common indicators.  
  • A new Cohesion Policy page was published showing an overview of the policy funded by the ERDF, the ESF/YEI and the Cohesion Fund;
  • With the React-EU legislation adopted on 23/12/2020 (text) we have published details of the adopted allocations to programmes  under a new REACT-EU page - "Fostering crisis repair and resilience". The adopted amount will evolve over 2021 and 2022.
March 2021
  • On World Water day 2021 we published the data story - below left - on cohesion policy support to clean water (drinking water and waste water treatment).
  • We published the story - below right - on cohesion policy support to rural regions on 26 March. Substantial cohesion policy support has been channeled to rural areas in the period 2014-2020, with the European Regional Development Fund and the Cohesion Fund alone investing more than EUR 40 billion in rural areas. The intensity of this support, in terms of funding per person per year, is systematically higher in rural regions than in other areas. However, this understates the contribution of Cohesion policy to rural areas, because reporting options on the location of investments are much broader than only rural or urban. Read on below! 
  • On 1 March we published the Cohesion Policy end-2020 financial data, with detailed categorisation data.  This interactive tool to the right the #cohesionpolicy aggregation of spending data and allows exploration of country and programme data. See the discussion on Twitter under @REGIOEvaluation.

    Member States have accelerated their Cohesion policy investments in 2020 by €70 billion, increasing their total cohesion expenditure to €251 billion. This corresponds to 52% of the planned €482 billion in the 2014-2020 programming period. At the same time, the financial allocation to projects reached the maximum of available funding. 
These indicators show that we are on the right track in the Cohesion policy implementation and that by 2023, the end of the programming period, we will be able to make the most of the resources available under Cohesion policy.”  - Commissioner Ferreira - March 2021
  • The annual categorisation data is used in climate, biodiversity and air quality tracking. Checkout the latest data in the tracking tools below.  At the end of 2019 the share of 2014-2020 ERDF/CF total EU planned support allocated to climate action was 21.1% of the EU budget of the 2 funds (EUR 55.3 billion). By the end of 2020, the total planned amount had fallen to EUR 52.5 bn (with the ERDF/CF planned climate action share now at 19.6% - EUR 51.4 billion).  This was principally as a result of the reallocations linked to the 2020 CRII/CRII+ initiative to support the coronavirus pandemic response, in particular to reallocations to reinforce the immediate public health response and support to SMEs. (The CRII/CRII+ initiative did not introduce extra EU financing but opened the possibility to reallocated EU funding - find out more.)  
    Under the REACT-EU initiative the objective is that 25% of the additional EU financing be committed to climate action, which should redress the reduction in climate action seen in 2020 linked to the immediate pandemic response.
February 2021
Several interactive data stories were updated or published:      
  • A new data story on regional policy support to railways was launched linked to the European Year of Rail 
  • The data story on the EU Solidarity fund was been updated with data on the supported applications from 2019 and 2020.   The data story charts have been supplemented and refreshed with additional interactive functions to help exploration.   
  • For users interested in understanding or evaluating #cohesionpolicy, first you need to understand the financial effort made, the where and the how. We published this "How to ... " guide below to explore our most detailed #ESIFOpenData using filtering, manual downloads, ODATA or API connections.   
  • Later in 2021 we will redevelop #ESIFOpenData to reflect the new #EUbudget programmes adopted for 2021-2027.
    On 3/2/2021 we launched an invitation to users to help us identify their needs and priorities. We asked for replies to our 2021 user survey  before the end of February.
    We received over 250 replies which are now
    published here and can be explored interactively in this data lens.  
January 2021
  • A data story was published on FEAD - the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived.  FEAD supports actions to provide food and/or basic material assistance to the most deprived. Explore the progress in EU payments 2014-2020 in the FEAD data story.
  • Cohesion Policy financial data on "finances implemented" as of 30 September 2019 was published on 22 January. The total spending (EU + National) by ESI Funded programmes at the end of 2019 was EUR 264 billion; spending has risen to nearly EUR 319 billion by 30 September 2020 (and increase of nearly EUR 55 billion in 9 months).  Check out this data story.   
    The latest financial data on "decided" projects to end 2019 on Rural Development - EAFRD - was also published. 
    (NB: The timing of publication was a month later than usual as we rebuilt the dataset in order to compare the financial data to the relevant financial table of the version of the adopted programme in force (not the most recent) at the cut off date for the financial data.) 
  • On twitter we posted this collection of independent research and studies published in 2020 using #ESIFopendata. The list provides useful examples of how researchers have exploited our unique monitoring data in their analysis. If we missed your work why not join the conversation and add a link to our thread? 

2020 - Examples of data reuse #EUSPI 

December 2020
  • This blog on the developments on the platform was published on the occasion of the 5th Anniversary of the launch of the 2014-2020 ESIF Open Data platform (December 2015).

  • The European Social Progress index 2020 was launched on 2 December. The interactive data story on the right was published with the #EUSPI to allow users to explore the regional performance overall and in relation to the components and dimensions. It is supported with several open datasets.