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 531 proposals for legislative or other legal instruments of this Directorate-General in negotiations with the Council and the European Parliament.
Date Title
25.12.2020  Brexit Adjustment Reserve.
Regulation com(2020)854
08.10.2020  Communication to the EP concerning the Council's position on amending Regulation (EU) No 1303/2013 as regards the adjustment of annual pre-financing for the years ...
23.09.2020  Implementation of EU macro-regional strategies.
Report com(2020)578
28.05.2020  Public sector loan facility under the Just Transition Mechanism.
Regulation com(2020)453
02.04.2020  ADDENDUM TO THE COMMUNICATION FROM THE COMMISSION concerning the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region.


Legislation currently being implemented

There are 36 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
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
25.05.2020  Amendment of Regulation (EU) No 1303/2013 as regards the resources for the specific allocation for the Youth Employment Initiative.
Regulation com(2020)206
02.04.2020  Amendment of Regulations as regards specific measures to provide exceptional flexibility for the use of the ESIF in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Regulation com(2020)138
13.03.2020  Amendment of Council Regulation (EC) No 2012/2002 in order to provide financial assistance to (candidate) Member States seriously affected by a major public health ...
Regulation com(2020)114
01.02.2019  Amendment of Regulation (EU) No 1303/2013 as regards the resources for the specific allocation for the Youth Employment Initiative.
Regulation com(2019)55


Legislation in force

There are at least 30 laws or other legal instruments in force that have been previously proposed by this Directorate-General.
Date Title
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
18.10.2010  Commission opinion pursuant to Article 355(6) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU on the initiative of the French Government to amend the status of ...
Communication com(2010)559
12.09.1983  .
Decision com(1983)530