The EU Regional Operational Programmes (ROP) are the instrument by which initiatives and development projects in the regional territory can be financed. The ROP are co-financed by the European Structural & Investment Funds which are instruments of European cohesion policy, the aim of which is comparing different levels of development among regions and between the European Union and Member States. Differently from the programmes managed directly by the European Commission, these funds are managed regionally.

The two main Structural Funds are:

  1. the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). It finances infrastructure projects and productive investments that generate employment facilitating in particular enterprises;
  2. the European Social Fund (ESF) promotes employability of unemployed and disadvantaged sections of society in particular funding training measures.

In the following section, a description of the main ROP sub-funding programmes which are of interest for Politecnico di Torino is provided:

European territorial cooperation

European territorial cooperation is central to the construction of a common European space and a pillar of European integration, it helps to ensure that borders do not become barriers, promotes the solution of common problems, facilitating sharing of ideas and best practices, and it encourages strategic cooperation to achieve common goals.

The main programmes of European territorial cooperation which are of interest for Politecnico di Torino are:

    European cross-border cooperation programme along the border between Italy and France.
    European transnational cooperation programme for the development of the Alpine regions.
    Programme of regional cooperation among the countries of Central Europe: Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia, as well as some parts of Germany and Italy. The programme's goal is to implement intelligent solutions that address the regional challenges in the field of innovation, low carbon economy, environment, culture and transport.
    European Observation Network for Territorial Development and Cohesion.
    Interregional cooperation programme for the improvement of the effectiveness of regional policies and instruments.
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    Transnational program of European territorial cooperation to tackle territorial challenges beyond national borders, such as environmental risk management, the corridors of business and international transport.
    European territorial cooperation program for the promotion of sustainable urban development.