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EU Cohesion Policy 2014 – 2020 Measures , tools, methods for supporting cross-border cooperation prepared used for adoption and implementation of joint development decisions and planning/guiding of joint development in the CBC area Proposals from the European Commission October 2011.

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Eu cohesion policy 2014 2020

EU Cohesion Policy2014 – 2020

Measures, tools, methods for supporting cross-border cooperation prepared used for adoption and implementation of joint development decisions and planning/guiding of joint development in the CBC area

Proposals from the European Commission

October 2011


Eu cohesion policy 2014 2020

Structure of the presentation:

  • What is the impact of EU cohesion policy?

  • Why is the Commission proposing changes for 2014-2020?

  • What are the main changes?

  • How will the funding be allocated?

  • When will the changes come into effect?

  • Where can I find further information?


Eu cohesion policy 2014 2020

What is the impact of EU cohesion policy?

  • 8400 km of rail built or improved

  • 5100 km of road built or improved

  • Access to clean drinking water for 20 million more people

  • Training for 10 million people each year

  • Over 1 million jobs created

  • GDP/capita up 5 % in newer Member States


Eu cohesion policy 2014 2020

Why is the Commission proposing changes for 2014-2020?


Eu cohesion policy 2014 2020

What are the main changes - objectives:

  • Deliver the Europe 2020 strategy objectivesof smart, sustainable and inclusive growth

  • Focus on results

  • Maximise the impact of EU funding


Eu cohesion policy 2014 2020

What are the main changes - reinforcing effectiveness and performance:

  • Focus on results: Common & programme-specific indicators, reporting, monitoring & evaluation

  • Performance framework for all programmes: Clear and measurable milestones and targets

  • Performance reserve: 5 % of national allocations (by Member State, fund and category of region)

  • Ex-ante conditionality: Ensuring conditions for effective investment are in place

  • Macro-economic conditionality: Alignment with new economic governance


Eu cohesion policy 2014 2020

Common Strategic Framework

Partnership contract

Operational Programmes

What are the main changes -more coherent use of available EU funds:

  • Comprehensive investment strategy: aligned with Europe 2020 objectives

  • Coherence with National Reform Programmes

  • Coordination: cohesion policy, rural development, maritime & fisheries funds

  • Objectives and indicators to measure progress towards Europe 2020 targets

  • Effectiveness: introduction of a performance framework

  • Efficiency: reinforcement of administrative capacity, cutting red tape


Eu cohesion policy 2014 2020

A menu of thematic objectives -thematic objectives to deliver Europe 2020:

  • Research & innovation

  • Information and communication technologies (ICT)

  • Competitiveness of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs)

  • Shift towards a low-carbon economy

  • Climate change adaptation & risk prevention and management

  • Environmental protection & resource efficiency

  • Sustainable transport & removing bottlenecks in key network infrastructures

  • Employment & supporting labour mobility

  • Social inclusion & combating poverty

  • Education, skills & lifelong learning

  • Institutional capacity building & efficient public administrations


Eu cohesion policy 2014 2020

European Social Fund (ESF):

Fully in line with the Europe 2020 strategy

  • Promoting employment & supporting labour mobility

  • Investing in education, skills & life-long learning

  • Promoting social inclusion & combating poverty

  • Enhancing institutional capacity & efficient public administration

    Reinforced social dimension

  • 20 % of ESF allocations for social inclusion

  • Greater emphasis on fighting youth unemployment

  • Mainstreaming & specific support for gender equality & non-discrimination


Eu cohesion policy 2014 2020

European Social Fund (ESF):


Eu cohesion policy 2014 2020

Cohesion Fund: supports Member States with GNI/capita < 90 % of EU27 average

Investing in environment

  • Climate change adaptation and risk prevention

  • Water and waste sectors

  • Biodiversity including through green infrastructures

  • Urban environment

  • Low carbon economy

    Investing in transport

  • Trans-European Transport Networks (TEN-T)

  • Low-carbon transport systems and urban transport


Eu cohesion policy 2014 2020

An investment-oriented policy:

Promoting the use of innovative financing instruments

  • Extending scope to all areas of investment

  • Clearer regulatory framework

  • 10 % bonus for innovative financing instruments & community-led development

  • A range of options offering flexibility to programme managers

    Maximum co-financing rates

  • 75-85 % in less developed and outermost regions

  • 60 % in transition regions

  • 50 % in more developed regions


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Territorial Cooperation:

  • Separate regulation

  • Increase of financial resources (+30 %):

  • 3 categories: 73%for cross-border cooperation (EUR 8.6 bn); 21% for transnational (EUR 2.4 bn); 6%for interregional (EUR 0,7 bn)

  • Population: criterion for breakdown by Member State

  • 75% co-financing rate

  • Concentration of programmes on up to 4 thematic objectives

  • Simplified programme management (merger of managing and certifying authorities)

  • Easier creation of European Groupings of Territorial Cooperation (EGTC)


Eu cohesion policy 2014 2020

Cross-border Cooperation 2014-2020:

  • COM to adopt list of cross-border areas to receive support by programme (at NUTS 3 level)

  • Addition of adjacent NUTS 3 regions may be proposed when submitting programmes

  • 4 thematic objectives for CBC and transnational

  • Interregional can cover all thematic objectives

  • Definition of investment priorities in ERDF regulation apply

  • Additional element in ETC regulation: ESF-type actions, legal and administrative cooperation and cooperation between citizens and institutions, macro-regional strategies


  • Eu cohesion policy 2014 2020

    How will funding be allocated:


    Eu cohesion policy 2014 2020

    Cross-border Cooperation 2014-2020:

    • COM to adopt list of cross-border areas to receive support by programme (at NUTS 3 level)

    • Addition of adjacent NUTS 3 regions may be proposed when submitting programmes

  • 4 thematic objectives for CBC and transnational

  • Interregional can cover all thematic objectives

  • Definition of investment priorities in ERDF regulation apply

  • Additional element in ETC regulation: ESF-type actions, legal and administrative cooperation and cooperation between citizens and institutions, macro-regional strategies


  • Eu cohesion policy 2014 2020

    When will the changes come into effect - timeline:

    • 6 Oct 11: Publication of draft regulations

    • End 2011 – early 2012: Draft Common Strategic Framework & public consultation

    • End 2012: Agreement on MFF(2014-2020)?

    • Spring 2013: Agreement of Regulations?

    • Summer 2013: Agreement of Common Strategic Framework covering Structural Funds?

    • During 2014: Entry into force and adoption of programmes


    Eu cohesion policy 2014 2020

    Further information:

    www.inforegio.europa.eu

    Thank you for your kind attention!


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