When it comes to EU funding, a distinction must be made between the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF), EU regional policy and the EU Programmes. The regional policy of the European Union (EU) is a strategic investment policy. It is aimed at all regions and cities in the European Union to promote job creation, business competitiveness, economic growth, sustainable development and improving the quality of life of EU citizens. The European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) are the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the European Social Fund (ESF), the Cohesion Fund (KF), the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF). The Cohesion Fund is not used in Carinthia.
EU grants from the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) differ from EU grants in the context of EU-Programmes in different policy areas in that they are allocated and administered differently. EU funding from the ESIF is managed and processed within Austria. The funds are allocated indicatively within the framework of the EU regional policy by the European Commission to the EU member states and then administered within Austria. Austria is internally allocated to countries. The EU funds will be increased with additional funds from the federal government and the regional Government of Carinthia. These co-financing rates are fund or programme dependent.
EU action programmes include, for example, the EU programme for education, youth and sport Erasmus +, the EU cultural programme Creative Europe, the EU programme Europe for citizens, the EU research framework programme Horizon 2020, the EU environmental programme LIFE or the EU programme to support SMEs COSME. The EU Commission has mostly delegated their management to so-called executive agencies. Here, projects from individual project promoters and their partners from other EU member states can usually be submitted via an electronic portal, on which the calls for proposals are regularly published. For some programmes, this can also be done via national contact points in Austria. The amount of EU funds depends on the successful submissions directly to the EU Commission or its executive agencies.