This project is co-financed by the European Union and the Republic of Turkey

Economic and Social Cohesion Project of Minisitry of Developement Of Turkey

Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance

For the period 2007-2013, European Union gathered under IPA (Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance) all the financial assistance it is providing to candidate (Turkey, Croatia, Serbia and Macedonia) and potential candidate (Albania, Bosnia Herzegovina, Montenegro and Kosovo) countries. You can find further information on this page regarding the implementation of this program in Turkey.

Components of Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance

In order to ensure gradual alignment of candidate countries with EU policies and standards and to prepare these countries for post accession funds, financial assistance is allocated under 5 main components. You can find further information on this page regarding the priority areas identified for Turkey and related details.

Role of the Ministry of Development

The Ministry of Development, acting as the Strategic Coordinator,  is designated as the responsible body for the coordination of financial assistance to be provided within the framework of IPA program, under Regional Development and Human Resources Development components.  You can find further information on this page regarding the role and responsibilities of the Ministry of Development.

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What is Economic and Social Cohesion?

Posted by on Apr 9, 2012 in AnaSayfa_tekmetin | 0 comments

Economic and Social Cohesion Policy is a solidarity policy aimed at diminishing the economic and social disparities between countries and regions inside European Union borders. The mentioned policy is the third pillar of the Union after European Monetary Union and Single Market Policy.


Struggling with regional disparities and creating competitiveness in lagging behind regions are among the leading objectives of the European Union. Economic and Social Cohesion Policy, in line with this objective,  contributes to ensuring equal opportunities through a balanced development of EU regions by eliminating disparities resulting from regional structures.


The European Union developed a financial support program named Structural Funds with the aim of ensuring the attainment of Economic and Social Cohesion Policy objectives. This program is implemented within the framework of three main financial support: European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), Cohesion Fund and European Social Fund.  Through Structural Funds development support is provided to disadvantaged or less developed regions in terms of social and economic development.


Reports are prepared periodically regarding the progress made in the field of the European Union Economic and Social Cohesion and the contribution of Community policies on this progress. In this context, Seventh Progress Report on Economic, Social and Territorial Cohesion was published on 1 December 2011. For English version of the report click here.

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