The 2014-2020 cohesion policy programming period is financed by funding sources coming from the European and national budget. The governance of 2014-2020 cohesion policy, strategic objectives and resource planning are defined in the documents indicated and illustrated in the following infographic and available for the download on the right side of the page.
Since March 2020, the cohesion policy response to the COVID-19 pandemic emergency, declared ceased by the World Health Organization in May 2023, led to the spending review that consisted in allocation of new resources and partial funds re-programming while updating, at the same time, the strategic objectives. These operations took place in the framework of a National Strategy to overcome the COVID-19 emergency whose effects declined at a national and european level.
In Italy in spring of 2020, were launched the procedures aimed at reorganization of the Development and Cohesion Fund into new Development and Cohesion Plans that were finally approved starting from April 2021.
In April 2022 was launched also an initiative of the European cohesion policy aimed at counter the emergency of the Ucrainaian refugees in Europe, that is named CARE and it is financed in the framework of REACT-EU.
In February 2023, a further EU cohesion policy initiative was launched to address the energy emergency linked to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, called REPowerEU, supported both by resources of the 2014-2020 and the 2021-2027 period.
In the 2014-2020 programming framework, other strategies transversal strategies that have also been defined are:
Regulation (UE) 1303/2013 - general
Regulation (UE) 1301/2013 - FESR