Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy (REGIO)

This Directorate-General is responsible for European actions with regard to economic and social development of the least developed regions of the EU. The DG supports such regions with policies and structural programmes aimed at enhancing competitiveness economic growth of those regions.

The DG is responsible for three large funds:

  • The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) i that provides assistance to 27 member states
  • The Cohesion fund i that assists in the areas of environment and transport in the 15 member states in which the GDP is at most 90% of the communitarian mean (Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Slowakia, Spain and Czech Republic)
  • ISPA that assists potential member states to improve their environmental situation and develop traffic networks

In addition the DG is responsible for the Solidarity fund of the EU, an instrument that provides aid to regions that suffer environmental disaster.



Legislative proposals in negotiation

There are 563 proposals for legislative or other legal instruments of this Directorate-General in negotiations with the Council and the European Parliament.
Date Title
27.03.2024  .
Communication com(2024)149
15.01.2024  European Structural and Investment Funds 2023 summary report of the annual programme implementation reports covering implementation in 2014-2020.
Report com(2024)6
21.11.2023  Implementation of the public sector loan facility under the Just Transition Mechanism in 2023, as referred in Article 16 of Regulation (EU) 2021/1229.
Report com(2023)713
12.07.2023  Cohesion policy 2014-2020 - implementation and outcomes in the Member States.
11.05.2023  Reshaping the future framework of EU structural funds to support regions particularly affected by challenges related to the automotive, green and digital transitions.


Legislation currently being implemented

There are 42 laws or other legal instruments of the Council and the European Parliament, previously proposed by this Directorate-General, which are currently being implemented by the member states.
Date Title
22.07.2022  Provisions 2014-2020 cooperation programmes supported by European Neighbourhood Instrument and under European territorial cooperation goal, following implementation ...
Regulation com(2022)362
29.06.2022  Amending regulations 1303/2013, 2021/1060 on extra flexibility to address the consequences of military aggression of Russia FAST (Flexible Assistance for Territories) - ...
Regulation com(2022)325
25.12.2020  Brexit Adjustment Reserve.
Regulation com(2020)854
28.05.2020  Amending Regulation 1303/2013 for extra resources for crisis repair due to COVID-19 and preparing a green, digital and resilient recovery of the economy (REACT-EU).
Regulation com(2020)451
28.05.2020  Public sector loan facility under the Just Transition Mechanism.
Regulation com(2020)453


Legislation in force

There are at least 14 laws or other legal instruments in force that have been previously proposed by this Directorate-General.
Date Title
23.03.2022  Amendment of Regulation (EU) No 1303/2013 and Regulation (EU) No 223/2014 as regards increased pre-financing from REACT-EU resources.
Regulation com(2022)145
08.03.2022  Amendment of Regulation (EU) No 1303/2013 and Regulation (EU) No 223/2014 as regards Cohesion’s Action for Refugees in Europe (CARE).
Regulation com(2022)109
22.04.2013  Common provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund, the Cohesion Fund, the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the ...
Regulation com(2013)246
12.03.2013  Proposal for a Amendment to a Commission Proposal COM(2012) 496 REGULATION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND COUNCIL laying down common provisions on the European Regional ...
Regulation com(2013)146
11.09.2012  Common provisions on ERDF, ESF, CF, EAFRD and EMFF (the Common Strategic Framework Funds) and general provisions on ERDF, ESF and CF.
Regulation com(2012)496