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European Structural and Investment Funds: the 2014- 2020 programming period negotiations Tereza Krausová Competence Centre 'Smart and Sustainable Growth'

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1 European Structural and Investment Funds: the programming period negotiations Tereza Krausová Competence Centre 'Smart and Sustainable Growth' DG Regional and Urban Policy Cohesion Policy

2 Key points of reform Targeting resources at key growth sectors - alignment with Europe 2020, thematic concentration (research and innovation, ICT, SME competitiveness and shift to the low carbon economy) Results orientation - sound intervention logic fixing clear objectives towards which progress can be measured, performance framework Ensuring right framework conditions for effective and successful investments through ex ante conditionalities Link to wider economic environment and reform processes (taking account of CSR and NRPs, macro- economic conditionality) Cohesion Policy

3 3 Max 4 months Max 1 month Observations by EC Partnership AgreementCountry specific programmes ETC programmes Max 3 months General regulation adopted Partnership Agreement submitted (MS) All OPs submitted (MS) Partnership Agreement approval OP approval ETC OPs (MS) ETC OP approval Observations by EC Max 3 months Max 9 months Max 3 months Regulatory timeline Objective: to be faster than the deadlines. Important to reach agreement in informal dialogues to complete the formal procedure as rapidly as possible. A faster procedure considered for progammes dedicated to YEI and the SME initiative Cohesion Policy

4 What does the RIS 3 ex-ante conditionality apply to? Investment priorities under TO: 1.Research and innovation 2.ICT use (ICT based innovation & "digital growth") ICT access and quality (broadband) 3. Competitiveness of SMEs Next Generation Access / Network Plan Small Business Act Late payment Directive Ex ante conditionalities: Smart specialisation strategies Recommended: Include in the RIS3 envisaged support to SME innovation Digital growth strategy can be independent, but for sake of coherence it is recommended to integrate it in RIS3 Possibly applicable also to EAFRD investments in R&I Cohesion Policy

5 Billion EUR Less developed regions164.3 Transition regions31.7 More developed regions49.5 Cohesion Fund66.3 European territorial cooperation8.9 Of which Cross border cooperation6.6 Transnational cooperation1.8 Interregional cooperation0.5 Outermost regions and northern sparsely populated regions 1.4 Youth Employment initiative3.0 TOTAL325.1 Up to €100 billion for innovation investments bolstering over 140 smart specialisation strategies Cohesion Policy

6 Key stages During the procedure for adoption of the PA / OPs  Self-assessment by Member State on applicability and fulfilment in PA / OPs  Commission assessment of adequacy and consistency of the information provided by MS  Commission assessment of significant prejudice in case of non-fulfilment and possible suspension of interim payments  Resolution of disagreements between COM & MS After adoption of OPs: Assessing the completion of actions Cohesion Policy

7 What are the key elements for accepting a strategy as "RIS3"?  Strategic policy framework  SWOT or similar analysis  R & I priorities  Concentration of resources on limited set of priorities  Measures to stimulate private investment  Monitoring mechanism  Outline of available R&I budgetary resources  + indicative multi-annual budget plan if R&I infrastructure and capacity building foreseen FAQ on RIS3 (1) Cohesion Policy

8 FAQ on RIS3 (2) 1.What if my RIS3 is not ready by the time the OP has to be submitted? 2.How about the December 2016 deadline that was mentioned for the ex-ante conditionality fulfilment? 3.Will the Commission interfere with chosen specialisation fields / priorities? 4.What if we got it wrong in terms of priorities or policy mix? 5.What role for cluster organisations and science / technology parks in a RIS3? 6.Should the fields / themes for specialisation be aligned with the R&I fields in Horizon 2020 or the KETs? Do all KETs have to be considered in a RIS3? Cohesion Policy

9 FAQ on RIS3 (3) 7.Does an ESFRI project in the OP "absolve" from going through the RIS3 entrepreneurial discovery process etc.? 8.What if the state aid framework stops me from investing in KETs pilot lines and other support measures? 9. How do the RIS3 conditionality and the OPs relate to each other? 10.… can a RIS3 include measures that are not funded from ESIF? 11.… and measures that are not under IP 1 or 2bc? 12.… can a RIS3 contain horizontal measures? Cohesion Policy

10  Energy  Life science  ICT  Environment  Agro-food  Tourism  New materials … overlaps? … opportunities for cooperation and synergies? … natural alignment with Horizon2020 and societal challenges! → New format of S3Platform workshops: around specialisation fields / priorities → Guidance on synergies CSF- Horizon2020 Cohesion Policy Which fields of specialisation emerge in the RIS3 analysis?

11  Mixed picture:  SWOT or similar analysis: inward looking, no demand side, purely tech focused  Limited number of priorities: coffee for all; too generic  Measures to stimulate private R&I investments: retro-fitting; not tailored to enterprises  Monitoring system (and indicators): mostly absent or not realistic or no causality …  Budgeting plans: mostly inexistent, if yes, unclear funding gaps for ESIF State of play as regards RIS3 compliance Cohesion Policy

12 Synergies between ESIF, Horizon2020 and other innovation-related EU Funds Cohesion Policy

13 Novelties for synergies btw. H2020 and ESIF Legal basis CPR – Reg. 1303/2013:  65(11) – possibility of cumulating grants from different EU funding instruments in one operation; Horizon2020 rules for participation– Reg. 1290/2013  37 - possibility of cumulative funding, provided that the grants do not cover the same cost items. Concept of synergies  Bringing together in one project (possible only for Horizon2020)  Successive projects  Parallel projects  ESIF financing successful Horizon2020 projects but not financed 13 Cohesion Policy

14 Opportunities for R&I synergies with centrally managed EU funding programmes All ESI Funds (ERDF, ESF, Cohesion Fund + ETC = € 325 billion, EAFRD = €85 billion, EMFF= €5.5 billion) Horizon2020 for mostly transnational research and innovation projects, incl. non-EU: €79.4 billion COSME for SME competitiveness, financial instruments, business support services, etc.: € 2 bn Erasmus+ for students, teachers, pupils mobility + training: €14.5 bn Creative Europe for culture and creative industries: €1.4 billion Digital service part of CEF for EU wide e-government platforms to roll-out e-ID, eProcurement, electronic health care records: €0.85 billion Also of interest with regard to take-up of eco-innovation, uptake of climate-related R&I results, but not covered in guide: LIFE programme for environment and climate, incl. financial instruments: € 3,4 billion Programme for Employment and Social Innovation ("EaSI"): € 0.92 billion See annex I to CPR: Common Strategic Framework (CSF) Cohesion Policy

15 "Down-stream" Research & DevelopmentInnovationMarketCapacity Building Horizon 2020 ESIF National/Regional R&I systems "Up-stream" "Research Excellence" Excellence" "Stairway to Excellence" "Innovation Excellence" Hopefully also excellence, but "Innovation Excellence" € 79.4 billion €100 billion for innovation in wide sense Overall concept for complementarity: Emphasis of programmes Cohesion Policy

16 ESIF side Strategy development comes first: Include Horizon2020 actors (Researchers, members of the programme committee, EIPs, ETPs, EIT-KICs, PPPs (JTIs), MarieCurie centres, research institutions with success in FP7, EUREKA, National ESFRI Roadmaps) and international contacts in the entrepreneurial discovery process to design RIS3 and get involved in structured cooperation / delegated implementation of H2020. See: RIS3 guide, annex III Programme development: Open OPs for transnational activities, foresee H2020 compatible / complementary support forms that could help attaining the economic transformation objectives of your RIS3. Team up with other MS/regions around RIS3 fields instead of waiting for H2020 calls. OP implementation Design OP management system and project selection methods to be able to synchronise award decisions with H2020 calls & evaluations. Foresee support to applicants for finding international partners, etc. Cohesion Policy

17 RIS 3 How to use entrepreneurial discovery process towards more synergies Detect potential boundary-spanners between different stakeholder / interest groups, new innovative entrepreneurs, hidden champions, or persons with a potential for this and with an international outlook. Horizon2020 related actors should be involved in the creative strategy development process. See new annex III of RIS3 Guide: guide guide Business manufacturing and services, primary sectors, financial sector, creative industries, social sector, large firms, SMEs, young entrepreneurs, students with business ideas, cluster and business organisations, Research public and private research bodies, universities, science and technology parks, NCPs, Technology transfer offices, Horizon2020 committee members, regional ESFRI roadmaps etc. Different departments, if relevant at different government levels, agencies e.g. for regional development, business advice, public procurement offices, incubators, etc. Public administration NGOs and citizens’ initiatives related to societal challenges for which innovative solutions would be helpful, consumers associations, Talents! etc. Civil society / Users Entrepreneurial in: -Composition and -Spirit: (risk-taking, demand and supply side, view beyond boundaries, creativity …) Entrepreneurial in: -Composition and -Spirit: (risk-taking, demand and supply side, view beyond boundaries, creativity …) Cohesion Policy

18 Guidance material  Incubators  Universities & regional development  Broadband  Service innovation  Creative industries  Green growth  Entrepreneurial mind-set  Social innovation  ►SME innovation Soon available: ► Clusters ► Public procurement for innovation ► Horizon2020 & ESIF funds ► Technology Parks ► ICT vouchers Cohesion Policy

19 Thank you for your attention Contact: Cohesion Policy


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