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Cohesion Policy 2014-2020 in Italy


The 2007-2013 implementation ended successfully in March 2017 with total absorption of the EU resources assigned to Italy (approximately 27.9 billion euro), thanks to relevant innovative interventions on Cohesion Policy institutional governance and flexibility solutions at EU level.

For the 2014-2020 programming, the European Union assigned over 46.4 billion euro to Italy (of which 33.6 billion euro earmarked to Structural Funds), Italy being the second beneficiary Member State after Poland.

EU resources are then integrated with national resources from the Development and Cohesion Fund, aimed at economic and social rebalancing actions. The resources allocated for the 2014-2020 programming amount to approx. 54.8 billion euro, 80% of which for southern regions and 20% for central-northern regions, respectively.

These resources are additional – namely, they do not replace ordinary expenses borne by State budget and decentralised entities in line with the analogous criterion of additionality provided for EU Structural Funds.

These resources are complemented with other national co-financing funds and resources allocated for complementary programmes. Overall Cohesion Policy resources in Italy amount to over 140 billion euro.

The strategic framework and thematic objectives underlying 2014-2020 interventions are defined in the Partnership Agreement with the European Commission dated 29 October 2014. The Agreement was amended via Implementing Decision C(2018)598 final (dated 8 February 2018) to acknowledge the greater EU resources assigned to Italy compared to 2014 allocations, as a result of the technical adjustment of the 2014-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework linked to gross national income evolution.

During 2016, all the 2014-2020 Operational Programmes co-financed with ERDF and ESF resources entered their implementation phase. Furthermore, within the European Territorial Cooperation objective 2014-2020, Italy participates in 19 territorial cooperation programmes, ten of which under Italian Management Authorities.

For further information on 2007-2013 programming: 2007-2013 programming.

For further information on 2000-2006 programming: 2000-2006 programming.