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indicators 2014 2020 telling the story of european territorial cooperation

Indicators 2014-2020: Telling the story of European Territorial Cooperation

Bologna, 20 June 2013

european territorial cooperation status quo
European Territorial Cooperation – Status Quo

Evidence on what ETC delivers for Europe still vague and not heard on policy levels -> EC proposal to increase funding for ETC has not been supported by the Council. BUT it is also difficult to find out from Programme reports!

The funding envelope for ETC in the 2014-2020 MFF is very much the same as in 2007-2013 -> MORE (bigger impact) will have to be delivered with LESS money

Programmes have started programming – to enable change, additional guidance and certain common agreements would be helpful


Ex-post Evaluation of INTERREG III

  • Only around half of the programmes focussed their financial resources on a limited number of priority topics (Strand A)

Programmes generally adopted broad intervention strategies which did not concentrate financial support on a limited number of priority topics (Strand B)

  • Mixed results were obtained with regard to improving the effectiveness of instruments for regional development and cohesion policies. (Strand C)

What is (was?) the problem…..?

  • Focus on absorption and processes - current programmes are often just designed to spend
  • Indicators are numerous, but not meaningful or appropriate
  • Difference monitoring – evaluation not clear. Shortcomings in knowledge of evaluation methods
  • Consequently, it is difficult to demonstrate value and achievements of the policy

What is proposed for 2014-2020?

  • More concentration – to maximise effects
  • A renewed focus on Programme intervention logic
  • A focus on results (not only spending)
  • Better gathering of basic data on outputs
  • Integration of evaluation into the whole policy cycle

Monitoring and Evaluation




















New logical framework





Specific objectives

what the MS wants to achieve, taking into account national and regional needs and potentials

Investment priorities

Result indicators

Description of actions needed to achieve the specific objectives



Categories of intervention

Priority axis: intervention logic


Investment priority

Enhancing regional mobility through connecting secondary and tertiary nodes to TEN-T infrastructure

Specific objective: Enhancing mobility between small towns and big cities and towards international border crossing points

Reduction of travel time

  • Description of actions needed
  • Enhancing the capacity of roads A & B
  • Building multi-level intersections in areas x and y
  • Improved access to public transport
  • Km of road upgraded
  • +
  • No of intersections constructed
  • No of additional bus services
  • Categories of intervention
  • Secondary road links to TEN-T road network and nodes
  • Other national and regional roads
what do etc programmes deliver
What do ETC programmes deliver?

New and maintained jobs

Support to business development

18.000 km of roads, routes, railways etc

Investments in environment, waste management, energy efficiency


Similar outputs are delivered also by the Objective 1 and 2 programmes. Why finance the same under ETC?

etc programmes also produced
ETC programmes also produced

New and extended cooperation networks

Cooperation agreements

Joint cultural, natural, urban and rural actions

Trainings and events with half a million participants


What has changed as a resulted of these for the people and businesses in the programme area?

follow up to ex post capture exercise
Follow-up to ex post - “capture” exercise

What was done:

Desk review of studies, programme and Member State evaluations

Investigation of pilot cases

Programme efforts


Clarification of ETC objective

Identification of the types of change (results) ETC delivers

Explanation of most commonly found terms relevant to ETC (Insert I)

Model intervention logic for the ETC objective (Insert II)

Proposals for Common Strategic Framework (Insert III)

Proposals for ETC specific common output indicators (Insert IV)

Recommendations for improvements and follow-up actions

conclusions and recommendations
Conclusions and recommendations

Reiterate the added value of ETC to the Europe, respect its limited size

Clarify the role of ETC in delivering Europe 2020 and eleven Thematic Objectives

When setting ambition level towards programmes, take into account the maturity of cooperation

Amend common output indicators list for the ETC

Encourage use of new approaches to capture integration and cohesion, attitudinal and behavioral change and to measure change in organisational / regional performance

No definition of territorial cohesion exists. No indicators have been used so far to measure it

Explore what generic ETC specific information can be collected to illustrate the achievements

Encourage programmes to carry out impact evaluations

Embed programmes in wider strategic frameworks – i.e. macro-regional, sea basin, Euroregion, other strategies; apply strategy indicators, evaluate programmes as part of strategy evaluation

Engage scientific community, programme evaluators in developing monitoring frameworks and exploring ETC specific factors – i.e. integration, territorial cohesion

Collect the relevant additional evidence from projects – start NOW! Typology is a ready made solution for this

Future programmes need focus & critical mass – this calls for stronger top-down guidance and leadership


What change to be delivered by 2014-2020 Programmes?

“Capture Report” -> Discussion Paper



Clarification of ETC objective

European Territorial Cooperation programmes contribute to the overall (economic, social / societal and territorial) cohesion of the EU

by supporting cohesion of respective cross-border or transnational programme areas and

by working together with shared assets and/or common challenges

EU level vision & strategic framework

Vision / strategy and mission for the programme area


Types of change (=results) ETC delivers

Integration related: common identity; integrated services, business & education frameworks; common branding; improved cross-border flows & accessibility; territorial governance; cooperation on community level

Investments in physical, economic and social infrastructure (filling in the gaps); in environment; in common assets; preparation of such investments; development of solutions for joint challenges

Performance related: improved organisational / governance capacity; improved regional peformance


Taking care of the shared (natural, cultural, physical, economic, human) assets and working together to address common challenges

Joint actvities supporting the economic, social and territorial cohesion of the cooperation area: reducing disparities, improving accessibility, building on strengths & accumulated critical mass

Terri torial governance framework

Creating and sustaining the cooperation culture – people to people and community level cooperation



cohesion integration
Cohesion / integration

- polycentric and balanced development

- integrated development in cities, rural and specific regions

- territorial integration in cross-border and transnational functional areas; territorial governance

- global competitiveness based on strong local economies

- territorial connectivity for individuals, communities and enterprises; overcoming distance, e.g. access to services, energy, broadband; integrating the economy of places with the economy of flows

managing and connecting ecological, landscape and cultural values

Community integration


Capacity building


Cost savings

Leverage effects (e.g. additional investments released)