The European Commission adopted a 'Partnership Agreement' with Croatia setting down the strategy for the optimal use of European Structural and Investment Funds throughout the country in October 2014. The Operational Programme 'Competitiveness and Cohesion' for the period 2014-2020 was approved in
The Transport Challenge ‘Smart, green and integrated transport’ is aimed at achieving a European transport system that is resilient, resource-efficient, climate- and environmentally-friendly, safe and seamless for the benefit of all citizens, the economy and society. Funding priorities will be
The Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) is a genuinely European instrument aimed at supporting the development of high-performing, sustainable and efficiently interconnected trans-European networks in the field of energy, telecommunications and transport. CEF investments are also intended to act as a
The ERA-NET scheme performs a pivotal role in the structure of research in Europe, via the improved coordination and cooperation of national and regional research programmes. ERA-NET under Horizon 2020 merges the former ERA-NET and ERA-NET Plus into a single instrument with the central and
In order to address the major challenges of cities, the Joint Programming Initiative Urban Europe was launched in 2010 with the ambition to rethink and manage the increasing urban orientation and concentration in Europe. Europe’s competitiveness depends greatly on its cities and metropolitan regions
The 'Smart Urban Technologies' programme was launched in 2011 and makes a major contribution to tackling many urban challenges. In the first year (2012), € 81 million was earmarked for this initiative, covering only the sectors transport and energy. Starting from 2013, the budget has been increased
URBACT III acts as a European exchange and learning programme promoting sustainable urban development. It will enable European cities to work together to develop solutions to urban challenges and share good practices, lessons and solutions with all stakeholders involved in urban policy throughout
The International Transport Forum evolved from the ECMT in 2006/7. At the time, ministers decided to invite new members from non-European countries in order to address transport issues on a global level and for all transport modes, and to create a public platform for a broad policy dialogue.