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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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
Tel. +32 (0)2 743 41 01


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