The EU Budget

The EU Budget

Investors for impact are key actors to achieve the EU mission(s) to make Europe more social and greener. The €2.018 trillion combined budget of the EU’s 2021-2027 financial framework and NextGenerationEU stimulus programme, helps impact investors by focussing both on the cross-border aspects of investing in (vulnerable) people and on the local level to decrease regional disparities, for instance in the area of skills, digitalisation, or inclusivity.


EVPA The EU Budget for Investors for impact 2021 Page 1

EVPA created a visual guide to inform Investors for Impact on how to access InvestEU and ESF+ funding programmes and connect with the key players of the EU budget. The current EU budget puts forward many funding opportunities for the actors of social economy. Hence, an in-depth understanding of all relevant EU funding mechanisms and levels of governance is essential.

The Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) is the EU’s long-term budget, which complements national budgets of Member States by funding initiatives and policies with a European added value. The budget covers the period until the end of 2027 and channels more than 50% of the funding to current political priorities such as the green and digital transition, the strengthening of the social resilience of the EU and the stimulation of inclusivity in society.

EVPA follows the ins and outs of this 2.018 trillion budget, and the overall EU regulations relevant to stakeholders of the social economy, such as the European Pillar of Social Rights Action Plan and the Social Economy Action Plan. Similarly, EVPA closely monitors the EU funding opportunities that regularly open-up for investors for impact.

The EU budget allocation

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The resources of/under the EU budget are structured around seven themes:

  1. Single Market, Innovation and Digital;
  2. Cohesion Resilience and Values;
  3. Natural Resources and Environment;
  4. Migration and Border Management;
  5. Security and Defence;
  6. Neighbourhood and the World and,
  7. European Public Administration.

What are the most important EU programmes for investors for impact?

InvestEU ESEF+

InvestEU supports investment and access to finance in the countries of the EU by providing a budgetary guarantee to mobilise additional investment from financial intermediaries, impact investors and other eligible organisations. The InvestEU programme is expected to mobilise over €372 billion.

The European Social Fund Plus (ESF+) contributes to a more social Europe by making the European Pillar of Social Rights a reality on the ground. Notably, by promoting employment and social inclusion, and investing in European citizens and their skills.

Annual Conference 2021 session recording

Contact for more info

Bianca Polidoro , Senior Policy and EU Partnerships Manager, EVPA

Cătălina Papari , Policy and EU Partnerships Associate, EVPA

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