European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)

The purpose of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) is to reduce the economic differences between European regions.

The ERDF is mainly intended for Europe's less developed regions. The more developed regions use it to improve competitiveness and employment.

The ERDF in the Netherlands

The Netherlands will receive €507 million from the EU to implement ERDF programmes over the period 2014-2020. The Dutch government and other relevant parties must also invest €507 million in these programmes, otherwise the grant will not be provided.

Over the period 2014-2020 the Netherlands will use the ERDF money for two purposes: innovation and a low-carbon economy. The focus here is on renewable energy and more efficient energy use. The money is mainly intended for small and medium-sized businesses.

The ERDF in Dutch regions

  • the ERDF in the northern Netherlands;
  • the ERDF in the eastern Netherlands;
  • the ERDF in the southern Netherlands;
  • the ERDF in the western Netherlands.

Examples of projects can be found at (in Dutch only).