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1 1 The Lisbon strategy for growth and jobs and EU regional policy DG REGIO

2 2 Title INNOVATION PERFORMANCEINNOVATION PERFORMANCE

3 3 EU regional policy – based on: 1.A concentration of resources on the least prosperous regions 2.A concentration of the effort on the Lisbon agenda

4 4 1. Concentration on the regions: policy targets Over ¼ of population lives in regions below 75% of EU average GDPOver ¼ of population lives in regions below 75% of EU average GDP 14 Member States have GDP below 90% of average (34% of population)14 Member States have GDP below 90% of average (34% of population)

5 5 1. Concentration on the regions: basic principles of EU Regional Policy Regional approach – 268 (NUTS 2) regionsRegional approach – 268 (NUTS 2) regions >average: ca km sq. – 1.8 million population Not income transfers – support for programmesNot income transfers – support for programmes

6 6 1. Concentration on the regions: basic principles of EU Regional Policy Concentration of EU budgetary resourcesConcentration of EU budgetary resources –81.5% Convergence regions (32% of population); up from 69% –16.0% Competitiveness regions –2.5% Territorial co-operation

7 7 Geographical Eligibility for Structural Funds Support Objective 'Regional Competitiveness and Employment ' Convergence objective (Regions > 75% in EU25) Geographical Eligibility for Structural Funds Support Objective 'Regional Competitiveness and Employment' Phasing-in regions, "naturally" above 75%

8 8 2. Concentration on the Lisbon agenda: what is the Lisbon agenda? 1.Originally adopted in March 2000 (Gothenburg update in 2001) 2.Aims to make Europe the most competitive and dynamic economy in the world… 3.Updated in 2005 : the growth and jobs agenda 4.Two quantitative targets: employment rate of 70% by 2010, R&D 3% of GDP… 5.Since 2005, reinforced governance: detailed annual reporting; peer pressure

9 9 2. Concentration on the Lisbon agenda: process Community Strategic Guidelines National Strategies (NSRFs) National and Regional programmes Integrated Guidelines National Reform Programmes Annual Progress Report COHESION POLICYLISBON AGENDA

10 10 2. Concentration on the Lisbon agenda: substance (CSG) 1.Making Europe and its regions a more attractive place to invest and work: a.expand and improve transport infrastructures b.improve the environmental contribution to growth and jobs c.address the intensive use of traditional energy sources

11 11 2. Concentration on the Lisbon agenda: substance (CSG) 2.Knowledge and innovation for growth: a.increase and improve investment in RTD b.facilitate innovation and promote entrepreneurship c.promote the information society for all d.improve access to finance

12 12 2. Concentration on the Lisbon agenda: substance (CSG) 3. More and better jobs a.attract and retain more people in employment and modernise social protection systems b.improve adaptability of workers and enterprises and the flexibility of the labour market c.increase investment in human capital through better education and skills d.administrative capacity e.health and the labour force

13 13 2. Concentration on the Lisbon agenda: new instruments Closer co-operation with International Financial Institutions (IFIs): –JASPERS: a new technical assistance/evaluation partnership with EIB and EBRD for large projects –JEREMIE: finance for business development for micro to medium enterprises through European Investment Fund. Loans for the first time. –JESSICA: financial engineering for sustainable urban development with EIB, CEB and other IFIs And to develop better cooperation between regions –European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation: legal basis to implement joint programmes

14 14 A policy that works: GDP trends in the regions? All EU15 Objective 1 regions: GDP per head up from 63% to 70% of EU15 average –gap relative to EU15 reduced by one sixth Ireland: GDP 64% of EU15 average in 1988 and 121% in Growth of 8% per year since 1995

15 15 A policy that works: impact assessment Increase in GDP levels attributable to regional policy: : –10.0% in Greece and 8.5% in Portugal –3.7% in Ireland and 3.1% in Spain : –6.0% for Greece and Portugal –4.0% in German Länder and 2.4% in Spain : preliminary estimates suggest: –8.0% for Lithuania, Czech Republic and Slovakia –6.0% for Bulgaria, Poland and Romania –3.0% in Greece and 1.5% in Spain, German Länder and Mezzogiorno

16 16 A policy that works: other impacts Internal market: trade between cohesion countries and rest of EU doubled in last decade (¼ of Objective 1 expenditures return as imports – particularly in Greece – 42% - and Portugal – 35%) 43 billion of Cohesion funding invested in transport in Objective 1 regions in the period

17 17 Outlook Reform Treaty before EP elections in 2009 Budgetary review for post-2013:


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