REFERENCE: the European project that brings together opportunities for structural funds

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As part of the European Union’s cohesion policies, which aim to reduce development disparities between the regions of the Member States, the European project REFERENCE, launched in 2021 and still ongoing, continues.

REFERENCE, which stands for REgional Funds for EuRopEaN CohEsion, enables citizens and companies in the member regions of the consortium to find out about structural funds opportunities related to EU cohesion policies in a simple and intuitive way.

The project, funded by the Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy (DG Regio), is the result of the collaborative effort of four member countries: Italy, Romania, Greece and Lithuania.

The project leader is the consulting company JO Consulting, active since 1998 and based in Catania, Sicily, which, thanks to the technical-digital skills it has developed over the years, is responsible for the development of the MyFunds App, the core of the project (see following paragraphs). The other consortium’s partners are:

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The REFERENCE project, which was also designed to disseminate information about the Just Transition Fund and the Recovery Plan for Europe, has 4 objectives:


What has been done

Since the beginning of the project in 2021, the partners have been actively collaborating with transnational meetings to share their ideas, visions and realise their planned objectives. In May 2022, they met in Catania to discuss their achievements and define future goals.

Currently, the European consortium has:

What needs to be done

With the publication of the new calls for the 2021-2027 period, REFERENCE continues its mission: to bring citizens closer to the opportunities offered by the European Union. To do this, in addition to the actions already undertaken, it will focus on points 3 and 4 of its programme (see above):

Want more information on REFERENCE or other soft finance opportunities? Contact us

REFERENCE is a great opportunity, for everyone. In addition to its objectives, it aims to raise awareness on issues such as climate change, environmental protection, research, innovation and reducing disparities between the regions of Europe.

If you would like more information on the REFERENCE project, please contact us by filling out the contact form below, via WhatsApp or by calling +390950936053.

JO Consulting is a company, part of the JO Group cluster of companies, specialised in consulting on European projects and structural funds.

We can offer support to companies that want to seize the opportunities offered by the European Commission, Ministries and Regions.

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