EU and International

Use of EU support funds

With their Europe 2020 strategy, the institutions of Europe, the EU member states and social partners have committed themselves to ambitious goals in order to drive intelligent, sustainable and inclusive growth in the European Union. European support programmes and funds are guided by this strategy and support the implementation of European policy at a local level.

In the current funding period 2014 to 2020, Berlin will have received from the structural funds of the European Union approximately EUR 852 million, of which EUR 635 million come from the European Fund for Regional Development (EFRD), EUR 215 million from the European Social Fund and EUR 1.8 million from the Rural Development Programme (RDP) for Brandenburg and Berlin. As an intermediary and as part of its city district initiative for the future [Zukunftsinitiative Stadtteil II – ZIS II], the Senate Department for Urban Development and Housing is deploying European Regional Development Fund resources in the amount of EUR 100 million.

During the last 10 years, Berlin measures in the areas of integrated, sustainable urban development and geo-information have been supported by the European Fund for Regional Development in the amount of almost EUR 250 million. Together with co-funding from central government, the federal state of Berlin and private contributors, projects with an overall volume of EUR 530 million have been realised.

The Joint Spatial Planning Department makes strategic use of funding from INTERREG, also known as European territorial cooperation, in order to make targeted improvements to the positioning of the metropolitan region of Berlin-Brandenburg in the trans-European transport network TEN-T. The project Scandria®2Act is making a politically important contribution to the sustainable development of the Baltic Sea region.

The acquisition of European support funds and the need to be able to implement integrated, urban measures in the next EU funding period (2021 to 2027) are important European policy priorities for the Senate Department for Urban Development and Housing.