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European funding
Introduction

Many of the programmes and actions implemented by Red.es to promote the digital economy and optimise public services using ICTs receive European funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the European Social Fund (ESF)

    

 

European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)

 

Red.es uses the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to promote projects designed to develop ICT products and services that foster e-Commerce and a greater demand for ICTs, digital literacy, e-government, e-inclusion, e-culture and e-health.

All specific European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) programmes are co-funded by the Smart Growth Operational Programme (POCint):

 

European Social Fund (ESF)

 

Red.es uses the European Social Fund (ESF) to promote projects designed to foster employability, qualifications for young people, and promote training adapted to new business models and the digital industry.

All the specific European Social Fund (ESF) programmes are co-funded by the Youth Employment Operational Programme (POEJ), and the Employment, Training and Education Operational Programme (POEFE):

  • Youth Employment Digital Professionals
  • Operational programmes 
  • EU grants are distributed through its operational programmes; these programming documents are approved by the European Commission. In this context, the grants managed by Red.es are part of the Smart Growth Operational Programme (POCint).
  • In Spain, the Ministry of Finance and Public Administration, through the Directorate-General for Community Funds (DGFC), is the Central Government body responsible for studying, assessing and coordinating the assignation of European Structural Funds in Spain, particularly the ERDF.
Operational programmes

EU grants are distributed through its operational programmes; these programming documents are approved by the European Commission. In this context, the grants managed by Red.es are part of the Smart Growth Operational Programme (POCint).

In Spain, the Ministry of Finance and Public Administration, through the Dirección General de Fondos ComunitariosDirectorate-General for Community Funds (DGFC), is the Central Government body responsible for studying, assessing and coordinating the assignation of European Structural Funds in Spain, particularly the ERDF.

Objectives

The objective of these funds is to promote the competitiveness and convergence of all territories, and they are an essential instrument to address the main development challenges in Spain and apply the Europe 2020 Strategy.

The main challenge for the Spanish socio-economic model is the need to increase productivity and competitiveness, and to promote employment under a framework of fiscal consolidation and restrictions on credit. In this context, the overall priorities are to develop human capital skills, facilitate SME access to funding, and create a business environment that favours innovation.

Equally important is to improve the quality of education and vocational training, combat the high level of early school leaving and the mismatch between the large number of higher education students and the qualifications demanded in the productive sectors.

To achieve these objectives, funds are focused on a limited number of priorities to increase the efficiency of public interventions and achieve the critical mass necessary to create a real impact in the socio-economic situation of Spain and its regions.

On 30 October 2014, the Kingdom of Spain signed a Partnership Agreement with the European Commission which establishes the strategy for the optimal use of European Structural and Investment Funds in Spain. It also classifies Spanish regions into categories (“most developed”, “in transition” and “least developed”), and it distributes funds allocated to grants accordingly.