Cohesion policy, for decades now, has been one of the main instruments of the European Union for promoting economic growth and achieving a more homogeneous level of development across all EU territories, stimulating in particular less developed and depressed regions. The funds set aside for cohesion policy represent almost a third of the total EU budget (392 billion Euros for 2021-2027).

The territories supported by these funds are often vulnerable in a variety of ways, but that doesn’t mean they are not rich in opportunities. Quite the contrary. Thanks to the project Work4Future, we will have the opportunity, using a bottom-up approach, to explore and tell these territories and challenges they face in all countries of South Eastern Europe which are members of the EU, from the valleys of Slovenia to the islands of Greece, focusing particulary on the impact of cohesion policy on employment opportunities.

OBC Transeuropa contributes to the project Work for Future together with Il Sole 24 Ore and ISSiRFA/CNR .




COHESION EU funds: cooperating across borders for better roads, services, prevention

Lorenzo Ferrari | 29/9/2023

In recent years the EU has supported over 1500 different cross-border and regional development projects ("Interreg") in south-eastern Europe, implemented under cohesion policy. Where were these investments concentrated? An overview

COHESION European funds: who are the 600,000 beneficiaries and where are they located?

Ornaldo Gjergji | 28/9/2023

1.8 million projects carried out by over 600,000 entities thanks to the EU cohesion policy. Who managed this myriad of initiatives, and on which areas and subjects were resources concentrated? A look at the data from the Kohesio platform

DATA JOURNALISM Internet speed in Europe: the case of Romania

Ornaldo Gjergji | 1/9/2023

Romania is a virtuous example of how European funds for investment in information and telecommunications infrastructure can make a difference in offering quality services to citizens. A look at the data

CLIMATE More than just money? EU investments for green Western Balkans

Marilen Martin | 16/8/2023

EU investments aim to support the green transition of the Western Balkan countries, but criticism about the project types and the process remains

REPORTAGE Marco Polo, homo adriaticus in spite of everything

Korčula | Giovanni Vale | 28/8/2023

Where was Marco Polo born? What is his native country? A question that made little sense in the 13th century – everything was under the control of the Republic of Venice – is nowadays a source of debates, especially between Croatia and Italy. A new project tries to overcome them

EUROPE Energy transition: EU funds for renewables increase

Ornaldo Gjergji | 4/9/2023

For the 2014-2020 programming period, the European Union allocated around 5.9 billion Euros under its cohesion policy to implement renewable energy projects. An overview of the data

NATURE LECA, coexisting with large carnivores in the Carpathians and Europe

Marco Ranocchiari | 24/8/2023

Large carnivores are returning to populate more and more natural areas of the Old Continent: a success for the conservation of ecosystems, but also a cause of conflicts with the population. Coexistence is built by harmonising laws, good practices, and scientific knowledge. The Interreg LECA project moves in this direction

EU Cohesion datasets

OBC Transeuropa has produced 6 datasets in the frame of the Work4Future project to support its journalistic production.
The datasets refer to EU cohesion policy and funds, and can be consulted and downloaded from the following link










This material is published in the framework of the "Work4Future" project co-financed by the European Union (EU). The EU is in no way responsible for the information or views expressed within the framework of the project. The responsibility for the contents lies solely with OBC Transeuropa.