Presentation on theme: "Proposals from the European Commission"— Presentation transcript:
1 Proposals from the European Commission EU Cohesion Policy 2014 – 2020Proposals from the European Commission
2 Structure of the presentation What is the impact of EU cohesion policy?Why is the Commission proposing changes for ?What are the main changes?How will the funding be allocated?When will the changes come into effect?Where can I find further information?
4 EU Cohesion Policy invests in … Support for SMEsTrainingEnergy efficiencyRenewable energyTransportCooperation between regionsResearchand innovation
5 Results of EU Cohesion Policy (figures from 2000-2006 period) 8400 km of rail built or improved5100 km of road built or improvedAccess to clean drinking water for 20 million more peopleTraining for 10 million people each yearOver 1 million jobs createdGDP/capita up 5 % in newer Member States
7 2. Why is the Commission proposing changes for 2014-2020?
8 Objectives Deliver the Europe 2020 strategy objectives of smart, sustainable and inclusive growthFocus on resultsMaximise the impact of EU funding
9 Connecting Europe Facility Proposed EU budget“Ambitious but realistic” proposals issued by the Commission in June 2011 for the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF)Cohesion Policy33 % (€336 billion)Other policies(agriculture, research, external etc.)63 % (€649 billion)Connecting Europe Facility4 % (€40 billion)
11 Reinforcing effectiveness and performance Focus on resultsCommon & programme-specific indicators, reporting, monitoring & evaluationPerformance framework for all programmesClear and measurable milestones and targetsPerformance reserve5 % of national allocations (by Member State, fund and category of region)Ex-ante conditionalityEnsuring conditions for effective investment are in placeMacro-economic conditionalityAlignment with new economic governance
12 More coherent use of available EU funds Comprehensive investment strategy: aligned with Europe 2020 objectivesCoherence with National Reform ProgrammesCoordination: cohesion policy, rural development, maritime & fisheries fundsObjectives and indicators to measure progress towards Europe 2020 targetsEffectiveness: introduction of a performance frameworkEfficiency: reinforcement of administrative capacity, cutting red tapeCommon Strategic FrameworkPartnership ContractOperational Programmes
13 A menu of thematic objectives Research & innovationInformation and communication technologies (ICT)Competitiveness of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs)Shift towards a low-carbon economyClimate change adaptation & risk prevention and managementEnvironmental protection & resource efficiencySustainable transport & removing bottlenecks in key network infrastructuresEmployment & supporting labour mobilitySocial inclusion & combating povertyEducation, skills & lifelong learningInstitutional capacity building & efficient public administrations
14 Concentrating resources to maximise impact Concentration of ERDF investmentsEnergy efficiency & renewable energyResearch & innovationCompetitiveness of SMEsMore developed & transitional regionsLess developed regionsFlexibility – different regions have different needs Special arrangements for ex-convergence regions
15 European Social Fund (ESF) Share of ESF within Cohesion Policy budgetOf total Structural Fund support (ERDF & ESF), ESF will represent:25 % in less developed regions40 % in transition regions52 % in more developed regions
16 European Social Fund (ESF) Fully in line with the Europe 2020 strategyPromoting employment & supporting labour mobilityInvesting in education, skills & life-long learningPromoting social inclusion & combating povertyEnhancing institutional capacity & efficient public administrationReinforced social dimension20 % of ESF allocations for social inclusionGreater emphasis on fighting youth unemploymentMainstreaming & specific support for gender equality & non-discrimination
17 Cohesion FundSupports Member States with GNI/capita < 90 % of EU27 averageInvesting in environmentClimate change adaptation and risk preventionWater and waste sectorsBiodiversity including through green infrastructuresUrban environmentLow carbon economyInvesting in transportTrans-European Transport Networks (TEN-T)Low-carbon transport systems and urban transport
18 SimplificationCommon rules - funds covered by Common Strategic FrameworkCohesion Policy, rural development and maritime & fisheries policyOption of multi-fund programmesERDF, ESF and Cohesion FundStreamlined delivery systemHarmonised rules on eligibility and durabilityGreater use of simplified costsLinking payments with resultse-Cohesion: “one stop shop” for beneficiariesProportional approach to control
19 Reinforcing Territorial Cohesion Focus on sustainable urban developmentAt least 5 % of ERDF resourcesCreation of urban development platformNetworking between cities and exchanges on urban policyInnovative actions for sustainable urban developmentSubject to a ceiling of 0.2 % of the annual fundingAreas with specific natural or demographic featuresAdditional allocation for outermost & sparsely populated regions
20 An investment-oriented policy Promoting the use of innovative financing instrumentsExtending scope to all areas of investmentClearer regulatory framework10 % bonus for innovative financing instruments & community-led developmentA range of options offering flexibility to programme managersMaximum co-financing rates75-85 % in less developed and outermost regions60 % in transition regions50 % in more developed regions
21 Management and control Financial managementNew system of annual accountsAnnual management declarationAnnual clearance of accounts by the CommissionManagement and control systemsNational accreditation (greater responsibility for Member States)Managing Authorities may act as Certifying AuthoritiesCommission can review accreditation (taking into account risks & track record)Greater proportionalityExemptions for low volume programmesExemptions for systems that have delivered consistently good resultsLimitations on frequency of Commission audits on individual operations
22 Territorial Cooperation Separate regulationIncrease of financial resources (+30 %)Concentration of programmes on up to 4 thematic objectivesSimplified programme management (merger of managing and certifying authorities)Easier creation of European Groupings of Territorial Cooperation (EGTC)
25 How will funding be allocated? Less developed regions/MSTransition regionsMore developed regionsCohesion Fund¹68.7Less developed regions162.6Transition regions38.9More developed regions53.1European Territorial Cooperation11.7Outermost regions and sparsely populated areas0.9Total336.0Budget allocation(in %)Population covered(in millions)¹ €10 billion from the Cohesion Fund will be allocated to the Connecting Europe Facility
27 Timeline 5th Report on Economic, Social and Territorial Cohesion & publicconsultationAgreement on MFF and adoption of new legislativepackageProposals for CohesionPolicyMarch2010Nov.2010June2011Oct.2011March20122012 – 20132014Adoption of Europe 2020StrategyProposal by the Commission for a MultiannualFinancialFramework(MFF)CommonStrategic FrameworkEntry into force and adoption of programmes
28 Where can I find further information? on Twitter
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