In the current 2014-2020* funding period, Carinthia receives around EUR 56.8 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to spend on investments in growth and employment to promote research, technological development and innovation, SMEs and for the transition to low carbon economy through renewable energies and energy efficiency. Austria receives around 536 million euros from the ERDF.
In the period 2014-2020, Carinthia also continued to participate in the programmes for European Territorial Cooperation "Italy-Austria" and "Slovenia-Austria" and received ERDF funding of around 23.8 million for cross-border projects . Around EUR 257.3 million is available for this throughout Austria.
In the 2014-2020 funding period, Carinthia receives around EUR 8.7 million from the European Social Fund (ESF) to combat poverty and around EUR 1.7 million to promote educational measures in the area of basic education and compulsory schooling. In total Austria receives around EUR 442 million from the ESF.
In total, Carinthia will receive EU funding from the ERDF and ESF amounting to around 91 million euros in 2014-2020, and around 1.235 billion euros across Austria.
During this funding period, Carinthia has around 362 million euros available for rural development from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD). In Carinthia, for example Organic agriculture, mountain farmers, business investments (e.g. stable construction), rural infrastructure (e.g. alpine roads) or broadband expansion are supported.
Around 10.76 million euros from these EAFRD funds are reserved for "social affairs" for the first time in 2014-2020. This means that investments in childcare facilities, psychosocial and psychiatric facilities for children and adolescents, nursing and care facilities as well as workshops for people with disabilities are undertaken. Furthermore facilities and residential buildings which meet the care and housing needs of children, of people with disabilities or individuals with special needs as well as accesibility for the elderly to these facilities are funded. Other funding items include investments in mobile services, hardware and software, including software developments in the area of social services, and the need-based development and expansion of infrastructures in the area of outpatient health services.
Around 19.68 million euros from the EAFRD funds are reserved for LEADER projects, i.e. for project ideas that come from the local population in order to maintain and improve the quality of life in rural areas. Active partnerships in the form of local action groups accept the project proposals if they fit into the area-based local development strategy, which is based on the needs of the community. They are projects that are developed “from below” and not “from above”, the people on site are the decision-makers.
In addition, Carinthia receives around EUR 350 million in agricultural subsidies in the form of direct payments and market organisation measures.
Carinthia thus receives a total of around 712 million euros in EU funds available from the EU agricultural policy 2014-2020, in all of Austria the amount received is around 8.8 billion euros (direct payments around 4.9 billion euros, rural development around 3,9 billion euros).
* Note: The figures are mere EU funds. Funding from the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) is granted by the European Commission to Austria in from of co-financing within the framework of the EU regional policy and is topped up with additional funds from the federal and regional governments of Carinthia. These co-financing rates are fund or programme dependent.