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1 MEETING WITH Bulgarian delegation 27 th November 2012 Financial Institute for Regional Development, PI National Coordinator for ERDF and CF

2 MEETING National Coordinator for ERDF and CF 27 th November 2012 Agenda  Presentation of the Financial Institute for Regional Development, PI  Portuguese experience concerning the use of Structural Funds  The Portuguese NSRF – main achievements and lessons learnt  The future of Cohesion Policy in Portugal

3 MEETING National Coordinator for ERDF and CF 27 th November 2012 IFDR Functions

4 Presentation of IFDR, IP/FIRD, PI Mission Executes regional development policy through the financial coordination of the community structural funds and of the Cohesion Fund. Financial Institute for Regional Development, PI

5 Presentation of IFDR, IP/FIRD, PI ■ Put forward proposals of sustainable regional development policies ■ National financial coordination of the Structural Funds ■ National coordination for operational monitoring and management of the ERDF and the Cohesion Fund ■ Payment Authority / Certifying Authority ■ Payment entity for ERDF and CF Main responsibilities Financial Institute for Regional Development, PI

6 Presentation of IFDR, IP/FIRD, PI  Global financial coordination of the community structural funds and of the Cohesion Fund  Coordination, management and physical and financial monitoring of the ERDF and of the Cohesion Fund and the management of technical assistance measures of these funds  Payment authority of the ERDF and Cohesion Fund, within the CSF III, and certifying authority and paying entity, within the NSRF, relating to these funds and territorial cooperation programs  2 nd level control authority of the ERDF and of the Cohesion Fund, within the CSF III, and responsible for control of the operations, within the NSRF Financial Institute for Regional Development, PI

7 Presentation of IFDR, IP/FIRD, PI The organizational model The organs Flexible Structure, based on  Directive Council  Statutory Auditor  Units  Groups  Project Teams Financial Institute for Regional Development, PI

8 Presentation of IFDR, IP/FIRD, PI Communication Internal Audit Legal Support and Litigation Legal Support and Litigation Technical Documentation Planning and Programming Audit Territorial Cooperation and Community Initiatives Information Systems Information Systems IS NSRF Internal IS Financial and Asset Administration Human Resources Financial Management Coordination of Operational Management Coordination of Operational Management Control and Audit Statutory Auditor Directive Council BodyUnitGroup Support for Operational Management ERDF and Cohesion Fund Control of Expense Declarations Certification ChairmanVice-ChairwomanVice-Chairman Support for Institutional Management Support for Institutional Management Financial Coordination Financial Coordination ERDF TA OP Technical Secretariat ERDF TA OP Technical Secretariat Programming and Financial Monitoring Monitoring and Evaluation

9 Presentation of IFDR, IP/FIRD, PI Directive Council Function Unit Vice-Chairman Payments Chairman Control and Audit Internal Audit Certification Support for Institutional Management Control and Audit Certification Internal Audit Vice-Chairman

10 MEETING National Coordinator for ERDF and CF 27 th November 2012 Portugal – 25 years implementing the Structural Funds

11 Portuguese Experience implementing the Structural Funds 0 50km North Centre Alentejo Algarve Azores Madeira Lisbon Portugal overview

12 MEETING National Coordinator for ERDF and CF 27 th November 2012  Workforce of thousand Portugal Overview  Surface area ,7 km 2  Total population thousand  Population density 115 hab por km 2 Source: EUROSTAT/INE

13 Portuguese Experience implementing the Structural Funds  Unemployment rate – 12,9% (2011) Portugal Overview  2009 GDP – M€  Exports – 28% of 2009 GDP  Gross public debt – 108% of GDP (2011) Source: EUROSTAT/INE

14 Portuguese Experience implementing the Structural Funds Source: EUROSTAT

15 Portuguese Experience implementing the Structural Funds Source: INE

16 Portuguese Experience implementing the Structural Funds Source: EUROSTAT

17 Portuguese Experience implementing the Structural Funds Source: EUROSTAT

18 Portuguese Experience implementing the Structural Funds Source: EUROSTAT

19 Portuguese Experience implementing the Structural Funds Source: INE

20 Portuguese Experience implementing the Structural Funds Source: INE

21 Portuguese Experience implementing the Structural Funds Journey time Source: INE

22 Portuguese Experience implementing the Structural Funds Source: INE

23 Portuguese Experience implementing the Structural Funds Source: INE

24 Portuguese Experience implementing the Structural Funds Million Euros 20 years after Portuguese EU adhesion Structural Funds CSF ICSF IICSF IIINSRF

25 MEETING National Coordinator for ERDF and CF 27 th November 2012 Portuguese NSRF Main achievements and lessons learnt

26 The Portuguese NSRF – Main achievements and lessons learnt National guiding principles  Operational Concentration  Investment and Development Actions Selectiveness  Economic Viability and Financial Sustainability of Investments  Cohesion and Territorial Enhancement  Strategic Monitoring

27 The Portuguese NSRF – Main achievements and lessons learnt NSRF – Territorial diversity Convergence Regions – North, Centre, Alentejo e Azores Statistical Phasing Out Region – Algarve Regional Competitiveness and Employment Region – Lisbon Phasing In Region – Madeira

28 The Portuguese NSRF – Main achievements and lessons learnt Three thematic operational agendas Competitiveness Factors Human Potential Territorial Enhancement National Strategic Reference Framework Operational Programmes

29 The Portuguese NSRF – Main achievements and lessons learnt

30 Three thematic operational programmes  Competitiveness Factors (ERDF)  Human Potential (ESF)  Territorial Enhancement (ERDF + Cohesion Fund) The priorities of the National Strategic Reference Framework are implemented through 24 Operational Programmes

31 The Portuguese NSRF – Main achievements and lessons learnt  Nine Regional OP by NUTS II  Ten Territorial Cooperation OP (Cross-border, Transnational, Interregional)  Two Technical Assistance OP The priorities of the National Strategic Reference Framework are implemented through 24 Operational Programmes

32 The Portuguese NSRF – Main achievements and lessons learnt

33 Portugal M€ 2 nd position >3x average

34 The Portuguese NSRF – Main achievements and lessons learnt Portugal M€ 6 th Position 2x Average

35 The Portuguese NSRF – Main achievements and lessons learnt Portugal 42% 7 th position > average

36 The Portuguese NSRF – Main achievements and lessons learnt Competitiveness Factors Enterprises supported through incentive systems7.651 Supported start-ups800 Enterprises supported through financial instruments6.833 Elegible investment in R&D1791 M€ Collective Actions supported1.127 Projects supporting administrative modernisation1.604 Data updated until concerning contrated projects

37 The Portuguese NSRF – Main achievements and lessons learnt Territorial Enhancement Road Network under construction/rehabilitation3 395 km Water Supply and Sewerage sytems under construction/rehabilitation km Projects concerning risk prevention, management and monitoring 548 Public facilities783 Data updated until concerning contrated projects

38 The Portuguese NSRF – Main achievements and lessons learnt Human Potential Pre-School Education and 1 st Cycle of Basic Education Schools nd and 3 rd Cycle of Basic Education Schools 40 Secondary Education Schools 88 Universities 19 Training centres 8 Data updated until concerning contrated projects

39 The Portuguese NSRF – Main achievements and lessons learnt Simplification Why? To counteract the effects of the economic crisis To accelerate the implementation of the current programming period To clarify procedures How? Through the amendments of the Regulations: EU and national levels Through the adjustment/clarification of procedures and guidelines

40 The Portuguese NSRF – Main achievements and lessons learnt Amendments of the EU Regulations Amendments of the General Regulation, the EFRD Regulation and the Implementation Regulation (2009, 2010, 2011)  Expenses of major projects included in expenditure declarations before the the adoption of the Commission decisions  The changes of the conditions regarding the advances paid to the beneficiaries included in the statement of expenditure (deletion of the 35% limit)  Co-financing repayable assistance

41 The Portuguese NSRF – Main achievements and lessons learnt Amendments of the EU Regulations Amendments of the General Regulation, the EFRD Regulation and the Implementation Regulation (2009, 2010, 2011)  The reinforcement of the pre-financing  The application of the top-up mechanism  The use of the temporary state aid framework

42 The Portuguese NSRF – Main achievements and lessons learnt Co-financing repayable assistance  Clarification of a procedure implemented in the portuguese NSFR  Applicable to aid schemes to SMEs  By 31st December 2011 more than 9% of the operations supported by the NSRF were included in this category

43 The Portuguese NSRF – Main achievements and lessons learnt Expenses of major projects included in expenditure declarations before the the adoption of the Commission decisions  Pre-condition: previous notification to the Commission  By 30th September 2012 expenses of 5 major projets were included in expenditure declarations: 214 M€ of eligible expense  These 5 projects represent 56% of major projects notified to the Commission waiting for decision

44 The Portuguese NSRF – Main achievements and lessons learnt The changes of the conditions regarding the advances paid to the beneficiaries included in the statement of expenditure (deletion of the 35% limit)  By 31st December 2011, projects involved advances paid to the beneficiaries (incentive schemes), 331 of which exceeded the 35% limit  Advances paid to the beneficiaries included in the last statement of expenditure of 2011: 17% of the public expense  Competitiveness Factors OP: 19,3%; Regional OP Centre: 26%; Regional OP Alentejo: 26%

45 The Portuguese NSRF – Main achievements and lessons learnt The reinforcement of the pre-financing  Until 31st December 2011:  1,1 milliard € of pre-financing paid by the Commission  3,6 milliard € of interim payments paid by the Commission  From the 5 milliard € transferred to the beneficiaries/ intermediate bodies:  26% were advances  From wich: 16% of advances under incentive schemes  Reinforcement of the liquidity in the real economy

46 The Portuguese NSRF – Main achievements and lessons learnt The application of the top-up mechanism  Pre-condition: applied to each certified statement of expenditure submitted during the period in which Member- States benefit from the financial assistance made available in accordance with Council Regulation (EU) n.º 407/2010 of 11 May 2010 – on request  The increase by an amount corresponding to 10 pp above the co-financing rate (priority axis)  Until 31st October 2012: 299 M€ received by the Comission under this mechanism and 101 M€ paid to beneficiaries

47 The Portuguese NSRF – Main achievements and lessons learnt The use of the temporary state aid framework  New limit of minimis ( €) applied in 2009 and 2010  330 M€ granted during this period, from which 42 M€ by the NSRF OPs: 40 M€ from the ERDF and 2 M€ from the ESF  Extension of the new limit to the operations submitted until 31st December 2010 and approved in 2011  More 7,6 M€ granted by the NSRF OPs, from which 7,3 M€ from the ERDF and € by the ESF

48 The Portuguese NSRF – Main achievements and lessons learnt Amendments of the national regulations Amendments of the General Regulation Governing the ERDF and Cohesion Fund and of the specific regulations applied to the OPs  Changes in 2009, 2010 and 2011 aiming to promote the implementation of the EFDR and the CF  Adjustments regarding procedures: payment requests presented by the beneficiaries; the use of advances paid to beneficiaries; submission of projects (GR)

49 The Portuguese NSRF – Main achievements and lessons learnt Amendments of the national regulations Amendments of the General Regulation Governing the ERDF and Cohesion Fund and of the specific regulations applied to the OPs  Establishment of higher cofinancing rates – public investment  Increase of the payment rate (5 pp above the cofinancing rate; top up mechanism) – public investment  Amendments of 29 specific regulations applied to the OPs in 2010 (including aid schemes) and 39 specific regulations in 2011

50 The Portuguese NSRF – Main achievements and lessons learnt Municipalities investment 3 memos signed between the Government and the National Association of Municipalities  Cofinancing rates  Submission of operations “ongoing”  Establishment of “performance plafonds” – high rates of execution  Forms simplification; check-lists simplification

51 The Portuguese NSRF – Main achievements and lessons learnt Municipalities investment 3 memos signed between the Government and the National Association of Municipalities  Annulation of operations without execution / low rates of execution  Release of 250 M€ - operations of municipalities – alocate to new iniciatives (youth employment and school equipments) National match funding of public beneficiaries supported by loans granted through a lending framework signed between the Government and the EIB

52 The Portuguese NSRF – Main achievements and lessons learnt Support to SMEs To strengthen competitiveness of the national SMEs  Credit lines (PME Investe, QREN Investe)  INVESTE QREN - financing of the match funding of the NSRF private beneficiaries - 1 milliard € from which 500 M€ derive from the lending framework signed between the Government and the EIB

53 MEETING National Coordinator for ERDF and CF 27 th November 2012 Remarks on Programming Cycle in Portugal

54 Portugal and the Programming Cycle The Portuguese government approved a resolution defining a set of priorities for CSF funds during period: ■ Promotion of economic competitiveness ■ Education and Training of Human resources ■ State reform Political Guidelines

55 Portugal and the Programming Cycle Those priorities are translated in the following objectives: ■ Support for the production of tradable goods and services ■ Structural reorientation of the Portuguese economy through boosting industry and sustainable development ■ Reinforcement of investment in education and professional training ■ Support social inclusion and fight poverty ■ Promotion of territorial cohesion and competitiveness ■ Support the state reform Political Guidelines

56 Portugal and the Programming Cycle Through that resolution (RCM n.º 98/2012, 26 th November), the Portuguese Government defined the political and administrative framework for the negotiation of the Partnership Agreement:  Strategic guidance and political coordination – Prime Minister (delegated to the Deputy Secretary of State of Prime Minister);  Operational coordination – Deputy Secretary of State for the European Affairs; through the Specialised Sub-commitee on the Negotiation of the Partnership Agreement, which is created within the scope of the Inter-ministerial Committee for European Affairs

57 Portugal and the Programming Cycle The Ministry of Economy and Employment has set up a working group responsible for the preparation of the next programming period concerning subjects under his competencies, coordinated by the Deputy Secretary of State in the Economy and Regional Development. Preparation of Programming Working Group on Programming Working group on strategic options Working group on operational organisation

58 MEETING National Coordinator for ERDF and CF 27 th November 2012 Thank you for your attention! More information at your disposal


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