Guidelines to EU Funding

Guidelines to EU Funding Programmes 2014 - 2020

External Relations and Development Aid

In relation to third countries the EU programmes are categorised by means of their applicability. Thematic instruments apply worldwide or regionally and reflect a topic of particular concern to the EU. Special to these instruments is that they do not require a formal agreement with the partner Government. Geographic instruments apply to certain countries or geographic areas like the European Neighbourhood.

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Development Cooperation Instrument

DCI covers developing countries in Latin America, Asia, Caribbean and Pacific and Sub-Saharan Africa including South Africa. It has a geographic and thematic component.

European Neighbourhood Instrument

This instrument applies to the European Neighbourhood and is supposed to promote objectives such as democratic transition, human rights etc. in these countries.

Partnership Instrument

The main aim is to advance and promote EU and mutual interests and implement the international dimension of Europe 2020.

Introduction to EU Funding

The European Commission (EC) awards money in the form of grants or service contracts to implement projects and activities in the context of the European Unions’ policies. The EU financial support helps achieving global targets such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), but also to push forward specific EU targets such as the Agenda 2030 for sustainable development. The projects which receive funds range broadly from education and environmental protection over democracy support and human rights to humanitarian aid and competitiveness, research and innovation, as well as migration.

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Dr. Cornelia HOFFMANN
Head of EU Programmes & Democracy
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Support to civil society and institutions inside of Europe

The Programme "Europe For Citizens"

The programme "Europe for Citizens" aims to make the European Union, its institutions, committees, work and representatives more visible and comprehensible to Europe's citizens.


Erasmus+ brings together seven existing EU programmes in the fields of Education, Training, and Youth. The programme aims to boost skills and employability as well as modernising Education, Training, and Youth work.

Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 is the European Union's Framework Programme for research and innovation, with an emphasis on excellent science, industrial leadership and tackling societal challenges.


The objective of the LIFE Programme is to be a catalyst for promoting implementation andintegration of environmental and climate objectives in other policies and Member State practice.