Well Spent campaign: How to better spend the EU budget | WWF

Well Spent campaign: How to better spend the EU budget

EU Supported Regional Projects that Support the Environment

The Well Spent campaign showcased EU regional funding benefiting the environment and citizens alike.
In the 2007-2013 period many effective projects were supported through the European Regional Development Fund. Projects receiving funding were big and small from introducing a trial electric bike scheme in Portugal to an upgrade and extension of the Neapolitan underground. Projects also covered areas like alternative energy, energy conservation, biodiversity protection, pollution control and transport  

During times of economic and environmental crisis, Cohesion Policy needs to do more to guide investments that are sustainable and innovative, and that really benefit the public by involving them directly in project implementation and monitoring.
This map, video and website should serve as inspiration for policy makers at a European, National and Regional level so that they clearly see how environmental solutions, tried across Europe, that also have an economic/social return. This was especially important during the renegotiation of the European Budget and how the Cohesion Policy will operate in the years to come.
Best practice in project selection and development
Best practice means achieving positive environmental impacts and real economic benefits, from substantial energy savings to the creation of new jobs. These projects also bring Europe closer to its people — using local resources sustainably and letting local people benefit from them clearly creates a real sense of ownership over Cohesion Policy.
Policy spending
We believe that these inspiring cases will convince decision-makers at all levels that our recommendations can lead to a replication and expansion of these success stories and instil better expenditure of the EU budget that delivers more long-term benefits.
CEE Bankwatch Network, Friends of the Earth Europe and WWF were calling for:
  1. Twenty-five percent of the next EU budget (2014-2020) to be devoted to projects and initiatives directed towards building a decarbonized economy across Europe.
  2. The future EU budget to support measures for environmental protection and resource efficiency, including protection for biodiversity and ecosystems across all Europe’s regions.
  3. Improvements in the result orientation of the Cohesion Policy, through conditions and a robust performance framework.
  4. Strong partnerships between relevant stakeholders to be an integral feature of the Cohesion Policy at all stages. This can be achieved by agreeing to multi-level governance and adhering to the European Code of Conduct.
  5. Sustainable development to become central to the entire scope of the EU’s Cohesion Policy. We also need a strong oversight of these projects at all stages so that guidelines are strictly followed. This would include introducing climate and biodiversity tracking systems at all levels.
  6. Sustainable, effective and environmentally focused initiatives are out there – the task now is for future funds to multiply them all across the EU.
Well Spent campaign


  • Sebastien Godinot


    WWF European Policy Office,

    +32 2 740 09 20

	© Latte
Screen shot from Wellspent.eu website
© Latte