EU approach

In its Europe 2020 Strategy, the EU calls for intelligent dovetailing between the EU programmes Horizon 2020 and the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF), which also includes the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

The strategy brings together seven flagship initiatives for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth in Europe. The objective is to align EU and national measures in such a way that they mutually enhance each other. At the heart of the strategy are five ambitious objectives in the areas of employment, research and innovation, education, climate change and energy, and combating poverty.