We want economic growth to be more evenly shared across the country and between industries.
To help achieve this, we target EU funding to areas that have found it difficult to attract private investment, so that they can improve their economic competitiveness.
The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) manages the 10 European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) programmes in England.
The ERDF was set up in 1975, championed particularly by the UK and Italy to ensure that EU membership could show tangible economic benefits at home. It has become the main way that the EU has implemented its regional policy.
Bills and legislation
The aims and scope of the ERDF are set out in Regulation (EC) No 1080/2006 of the European Parliament and Council dated 5 July 2006.
General provisions for the ERDF, European Social Fund and Cohesion Fund are contained in Regulation (EC) No 1083/2006 of 11 July 2006.