Establishment of consolidated financial data 1989-2013

Client/Funding Institution

European Commission, DG Regional Policy


Good data improve policy-making and serve the general public to understand why Cohesion Policy is needed and how it improves people’s lives. This project is about creating such data. Specifically, the project will create a data-set covering the years 1989-2013 including decisions and payments at the NUTS2 level from the European Structural and Investment Funds: a) European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), b) European Social Fund (ESF), c) Cohesion Fund (CF), d) European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and e) European Maritime & Fisheries Fund (EMFF). For this the study will harmonise and expand existing data-sets on the periods 1989-1993, 1994-1999, 2000-2006 and 2007-2013. Those data-set differ widely in their coverage of the Funds, their definition of NUTS regions and many other aspects, making the creation of a harmonised data set an extremely challenging task.


December 2015 - September 2016

wiiw team Leader

Roman Römisch

Keywords: Cohesion Policy, NUTS2, European Stuctural Fund, Investment Fund, European Commission, regional development

Countries covered: EU-28, European Union

Research Areas: Regional Development