Regional Policy

Report
EU
Cohesion
Policy
2014 – 2020
Regional
Policy
Why change?
• Cohesion Policy has been changing already for a long time!
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EU has been changing: enlargement – political issues
EC has been changing: policies – EMU – Lisbon – EU2020
Regional Policy becoming more central
Economic context has been changing: Financial + economy
crises
the funds must evolve
Instrument to bring about EU2020
Social context: need for more accountability to citizens
Financial context: less money, so more efficiency needed
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What will change?
• Focus on impact and results
✦ Reinforced strategic programming: common strategic framework //
partnership agreement // menu of thematic objectives in line with
EU2020
• Performance framework
✦ Ex-ante conditionality: to ensure conditions for effective investment
✦ Performance reserve:5 % of national allocations (by Member State,
fund and category of region)
✦ Macro-economic conditionality: Alignment with new economic
governance
✦ Increase use of financial instruments
• Thematic concentration
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So it is not business as usual…
Strong processes must be put in place to prepare
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Designing the Partnership Agreement
 Assessing development potential and capacity
 Assessing challenges faced by region, bottlenecks, gaps
 Assessing context of
 Macro-region
 Cross-borders
 Cross-sectors
 Cross-juridictions
 Assessing coordination needs across territories and funding sources
 Develop result indicators reflecting programmes objectives
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Thematic Objectives to Deliver Europe 2020
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Strengthening research, technological development and innovation
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Enhancing access to, and use and quality of, information and communication
technologies
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Enhancing the competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises, the
agricultural sector (for the EAFRD) and the fisheries and aquaculture sector
(for the EMFF)
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Supporting the shift towards a low-carbon economy in all sectors
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Promoting climate change adaptation, risk prevention and management
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Protecting the environment and promoting resource efficiency
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Promoting sustainable transport and removing bottlenecks in key network
infrastructures
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Promoting employment and supporting labour mobility
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Promoting social inclusion and combating poverty
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Investing in education, skills and lifelong learning
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Enhancing institutional capacity and an efficient public administration
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Consider the new tools for an
integrated approach
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Community-led local development
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2. Integrated territorial investments
o (group of projects for a functionjal region)
3. Integrated operations
o (one operation – several funds)
4. Joint action plans
o (group of projects by one beneficiary – results commitment)
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Concentration of ERDF investments
Energy efficiency & renewable energy
Research & innovation
Competitiveness of SMEs
6%
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60%
20%
44%
More developed &
transitional regions
Less developed regions
Flexibility – different regions have different needs
Special arrangements for ex-convergence regions
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Negotiations: current situation
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• Council:
First significant milestone reached: six blocks of the
legislative package have been basically agreed: strategic
programming - ex-ante conditionalities - management and
control systems - monitoring and evaluation - proportionate
control - major projects
"nothing is decided until everything is decided"!
Remaining blocks June meeting of General Affairs Council:
thematic concentration – financial engineering – revenue
generating projects – financial management
• European Parliament:
Vote on draft report in June (REGI committee) and final
vote is expected on first reading in plenary in September
2012
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Commission position paper
 Prepared by Commission
 Qualitative guidance to MS
 Sent to MS during summer
 Base for informal discussions in autumn
 Contain thematic elements
 & Horizontal elements: coordination – capacity –
administrative – ict – principles (gender
equality/equal opportunities/etc)
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Timeline
• March 2012: Commission proposal for Common Strategic
Framework (Staff working document)
• Autumn 2012: Dialogue between COM and MS on draft
Partnership Agreement and Operational Programmes
• End 2012-Beginning 2013: Adoption of MFF, legislative
package, CSF (by delegated act)
• Negotiations on PA
+ 6 months: MS to transmit Partnership Agreements and
programmes (incl. ex-ante evaluations); COM to make
observations within 3 months, adoption within 6 months; PA
to be adopted before OPs
+ 9 months: ETC programmes to be submitted to COM
• PAs can already be adopted before 2014
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For more information
InfoRegio:
ec.europa.eu/inforegio
RegioNetwork:
www.regionetwork2020.eu
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