EU in my region

Restoration and rehabilitation of the historical fortifications of Malta and Gozo Mdina, Malta. Photo from 'EU in my region' photo competition 2013. [Flickr/Joseph Galea/EU Regional]

Cohesion Policy is the EU’s main investment policy, with a budget of €351.8 billion. It is also the bloc’s second largest policy in terms of funding, after agriculture.

In the past 30 years, Cohesion Policy has funded infrastructure around Europe, supported the economy of the South during the economic crisis and boosted economic development and job growth with an eye to innovation and competitiveness.

It was also one of the main tools for the integration of the new member states, especially after the 2004 enlargement, and the convergence of the poorest regions – mainly of the South – with the EU average.

In this Special Report, EURACTIV’s network presents some of the flagship projects around the EU that have vastly improved the lives of the citizens

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