Background and regulations

Background and regulations


To achieve a coordinated approach of the financing of Urban Renewal and Development for the Programming Period 2007-2013 of the Community Structural Funds a memorandum of Understanding was signed between EC, EIB and CEB (May 2006).


The enabling framework for JESSICA is provided by general and specific regulations, which allow Member States to use some of their Structural Fund allocations to take advantage of financial engineering mechanisms to support investment in integrated urban renewal and regeneration schemes.

All the relevant regulations can be found at the site of DG REGIO:


To better understand the JESSICA initiative, please check the FAQ – Jessica page and the presentation slides below. We participated in many conferences and networking events related to JESSICA (JESSICA Networking Platform) or to financial instruments (the tools used to finance JESSICA initiatives). Here are some websites containing presentation slides that describe the initiative and the way financial instruments work within it:

JESSICA Networking Platform meeting presentations

Together with the Commission we have been working to create a database of JESSICA evaluation and horizontal studies. This database guides MAs towards accelerating and improving the quality of strategic investing in urban development. It currently hosts over 65 country-based evaluation and 18 horizontal studies. Projects can be searched according to 12 variables such as thematic objective, territorial context, market failure or financing options. You can access the JESSICA library by clicking here.

Previous conferences related to JESSICA and financial instruments (FIs):