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EU Structural Funds. Milestones or millstones ! Søren Holm Pedersen EURA A/S. Fields of intervention for Structural Funds ERDF – productive investments, infrastructure, endogenous potential, technical assistance

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EU Structural Funds

  • Milestones or millstones !

  • Søren Holm Pedersen

  • EURA A/S

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Fields of intervention for Structural Funds

  • ERDF –productive investments, infrastructure, endogenous potential, technical assistance

  • ESF – support for multi-annual national employment plans, local and regional employment pacts, information society

  • FIFG – support for keeping the balance between supply and demand, competitiveness, processing and marketing, revitalisation of fisheries areas

  • EAGGF – support for adjustment ofagricultural structures, retirement, rural development measures

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Objectives of the Structural Funds, 2000-2006

Objective 1 (territorial)

To promote the development and structural adjustment to regions

whose development is lagging behind

Objective 2 (territorial)

To support the economic and social conversion of areas facing structural


Objective 3 (thematic))

To support the adaptation and modernisation of policies and systems of

Education, training and employment

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Principles of the EU Structural Funds

  • Concentration (thematic, geographic, financial)

  • Programming (integrated and multi-year planning

  • Partnership (relevant stake holders involved)

  • Additionality (add some extra to planned activity)

  • Other (subsidiarity, flexibility, sustainability, equal opportunities, etc.)

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  • The role of local government : Being the pipeline

  • Detection and identification

  • Development

  • Appraisal and partnership building

  • Promotion, negotiation and decision

  • Co-funding

  • Implementation and monitoring

  • Evaluation and valorisation

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Creating the common picture

Sustainable regional and local development







Innovation and training centres


Labour Market

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Project Cycle

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Current Situation

1.We have a perceived problem

2.We need to change the way things are

3.We need to improve the situation

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Project Design

  • What is Project Design? It’s the phase where you:

  • Outline project background and overall objectives

  • Discuss/justify the project internally and with key stakeholders

  • Identify the key policy documents (regulations/programmes)

  • Define project purpose and results of the project

  • Define the project outputs, inputs and the assumptions

  • Make a preliminary estimate of project cost and funding

  • Summarize project description (e.g. using LogFrame)

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Structure of a LogFrame matrix

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Project Design - LogFrame

LogFrame matrix definitions

  • Intervention Logic

  • Indicators of Achievement: Important definitions/targets for objectives that are objectively verifiable

  • Sources of Verification: How and where to check achievements

  • Assumptions and Risks: Things taken for granted – What could happen?

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Project Design - LogFrame

  • Overall objective: Overall development orientation of the policy/ programme which the project is a part of and contributes to

  • Project purpose: Specific objective to be achieved by addressing the core problem of the sector/area concerned

  • Results: The ”products” of activities undertaken, the combination of which achieve the project purpose

  • Activities: Actions to be carried out or services provided

  • Means: Inputs required to produce results

  • Costs: Budgets and financing

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  • Development

  • Review the project internally and with stakeholders

  • Comprehensive Project Proposal

  • Finalising the budget

  • Finalising the time and activity plan.

  • What are the minimum requirements of such a plan?

  • Develop a detailed time and activity plan.

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  • Appraisal

  • Resources, organisation and stakeholders

  • How will you ensure, that staff (internally/externally) is available to the extend needed and their qualifications appropriate?

  • How will you ensure the commitment of top management in your own organisation?

  • You should ensure, that stakeholder’s interests are finally met and commitment obtained. What method(s) could be used here?

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Negotiations and decisions – organisation & implementation

  • Discuss, how the project organisation could be made – who will be responsible for carrying out which tasks and how will contacts/communication be organised.

  • Elaborate a project organisation diagram.

  • Describe the skills/qualifications that “your ideal project manager” should have.

  • Describe the skills/qualifications that the members of “your ideal project staff” should have.

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  • Project evaluation

    • What are the main objectives of evaluation?

    • Three types of evaluations exists

      • Feasibility evaluation

      • Implementation evaluation (monitoring)

      • Summative evaluation

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ERDF/EAGGF : Types of Tourism projects






Experience centres

Meeting points

Farm house holiday



Farm holiday network

Access & comfort

Access & comfort

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ERDF : Types of Local/ SME projects






Purification plants

Product development




Market development

Innovation Centres


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ESF : Human Resource back upexamples



Skills improvement


Job preparation

Higher educated to SME’s

The light is not for the learned only




Integration in practise

Winners of the future

HRD Curriculum

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  • How do local governments become the pipeline ?

  • Commitment of sufficient resources by sharing

  • Regional Alliances of municipalities

  • Networking with authorities, institutions, associations, companies etc.

  • Cross border contacts

  • Outsourcing

  • Creation of common service and support facilities

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