European Structural and Investment Funds
European Structural and Investment Funds provide European Union Member States with financial assistance to deliver the EU2020 strategy of Smart, Sustainable and Inclusive Growth, increasing economic activity and employment across the EU.
The strategy focuses on five ambitious goals in the areas of employment, innovation, education, poverty reduction and climate/energy.
The Scottish Government is the Managing Authority for the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and European Social Fund (ESF) programmes in Scotland. It has overall responsibility for supervising the implementation, ongoing management and effectiveness of funds distributed through the programmes in Scotland.
ERDF and ESF activity operates on a seven-year cycle and the new 2014 – 2020 programmes are now operational. These web pages include information about:
- the history and background of European Structural and Investment Funds;
- the new structure of the 2014 – 2020 programmes;
- The European Commission priorities for the new programme;
- the latest governance and programme documents for partner organisations;
- the latest news about European Structural and Investment Funds;
- key contacts and links in Scotland, the UK and Europe.