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EU Structural Funds 2014-2020

Denmark is scheduled to receive approx. DKK 3 billion divided between the Regional Development Fund and the Social Fund during the period 2014-2020 (current prices).

This is the result of the multi-annual contract covering the EU budget and the approval of the fund regulations.

Anticipated allocation of funds under the national programmes

The funds under the national programmes are implemented in order to support growth and employment across Denmark e.g. through innovation, entrepreneurship, green growth initiatives, education, and job creation.  

Current prices (DKR)

Total 2014-2020

Average per year 2014-2020 (round off)

Box 1: Allocation of funds on prioritised focus areas - national programmes

Allocation - Danish Executive Board for Business Development and Growth



Comprehensive city measure (5 percent of the ERDF)



EURES - EU measure under ESF



Tecnical Assistance



National pool (7.5 percent of total minus means for performance reserve)



Performance reserve







In 2014-2020, five percent of ERDF will be used for sustainable urban development of cities with more than 30,000 inhabitants, while ESF – through the EURES measure – will contribute to increase mobility on the labour market. 

Furthermore, the funding within each programme has been limited to a number of priorities.

The ERDF programme, ”Innovative and Sustainable Enterprise Growth”, focuses on four objectives and goals:

  • Increase the number of innovative SMEs
  • Increase the number of high-growth enterprises
  • Improve the efficient use of energy and resources by SMEs
  • Reduce energy consumption and increase the number of innovative SMEs in urban areas with a population of more than 30,000

The ESF Programme,”Growth via Education, Training and Entrepreneurship”, aims at improving the competences of the work force. The programme focuses on four investment priorities and goals:

  • Increase the number of self-employed, the survival rate and the employment in ESF-supported enterprises
  • Increase transnational labour mobility
  • Increase the employment rate of individuals in the margin of the labour market
  • Increase the number of individuals with vocational training or tertiary education

The Danish Operational Programmes for the ESF and the ERDF as well as the Partnership Agreement is available on request. Please send your request to de@erst.dk.