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1 Regional Policy Financial Instruments under the European Structural and Investment (ESI) Funds MS expert meeting 17 June 2013

2 Regional Policy Agenda of the meeting Key features and scope for secondary legislation under the Common Provisions Regulation (CPR) – COM PRESENTATION DISCUSSION on Implementing Acts DISCUSSION on the objectives and the outline of the "off-the-shelf" instruments (part of the Implementing Act) Lunch break DISCUSSION on Delegated Acts INFORMATION on a Technical Assistance Platform 2

3 Regional Policy Key features under the Common Provisions Regulation (CPR)

4 Regional Policy Financial instruments : Introduction Background: Increased importance of financial instruments in implementing EU budget resources in future (Budget review, 5 th Cohesion Report, MFF) EU central level / direct management: EU Debt and Equity Platforms to serve as standardised rules for FIs using EU budget Regional Policy / shared management: Strengthening and expansion of financial instruments in the context of Cohesion Policy Legislative framework to provide a clear set of rules, based on existing experience / guidance, facilitate wider and more flexible use (e.g. capture synergies with grants, wider thematic scope, more implementation options), ensure better targeting, budgeting and monitoring of FIs, achieve compatibility with financial instruments at EU level. 4

5 Regional Policy Financial instruments : Key novelties (1) Wider scope: Expansion to all thematic objectives & priorities foreseen by ESIF OPs (ERDF, ESF, Cohesion Fund, EAFRD,EMFF) More implementation options for managing authorities: Contribution to national or regional EU level FIs under shared management Tailor-made instruments (cf. current period) Standardised "off-the-shelf instruments for quick roll-out Contribution to EU level FIs under central management (ring- fencing) 5

6 Regional Policy Financial instruments : Key novelties (2) Ex-ante assessment to be carried out before launch of FI operation under the ESIF Better combination of FIs & other forms of support: In financial instrument: Grant component may cover financing (e.g. state aid compliant subsidy element) or technical assistance for the benefit of the final recipient At the level of final recipients: Combination is now possible also with assistance from other programmes supported by the EU budget MAs may undertake implementation tasks directly for FIs consisting solely of loans and guarantees Incentives regarding EU co-financing rates: EU-level instruments: Up to 100% of the paid support may come from ERDF, ESF and CF; separate priority axis to be foreseen Instruments implemented at national/regional level: ERDF, ESF, CF co-financing rate to increase by 10% if an entire priority axis is implemented through financial instruments 6

7 Regional Policy Financial instruments : Key novelties (3) Phased contributions to FIs MAs to pay programme contributions in at least 4 tranches Subsequent payments from MA to FI to be made on the basis of FI investment rate in relation to programme contributions received More detailed rules concerning eligible expenditure at closure, the (re-)use of interest/other gains and ESIF resources returned during the programming period, the use of interest/other gains and ESIF resources returned after closure (legacy) Annual reporting by MAs MA to report to COM on FI operations annually (annex to the annual implementation report); reporting items should be aligned with requirements of the Financial Regulation COM to publish annual summary report on the basis of data received 7

8 Regional Policy Delegated and Implementing Acts

9 Regional Policy Delegated Acts (Article 290 TFEU) and Implementing Acts (Article 291 TFEU) The CPR gives four empowerments for delegated acts and five empowerments for implementing acts Delegated Acts allow supplementing non-essential elements of the basic legislative act to provide for a coherent framework and continuity of guidance given previously by the Commission Implementing Acts allow adoption of uniform conditions for the implementation of financial instruments The DA & IA are based on lessons learnt and as such take into account the COCOF guidance note, ECA's recommendations and the revised Financial Regulation 9

10 Regional Policy 10 Delegated ActsImplementing Acts 32(10): Purchase of land and combination of TA with FI 33(3)(a):FI complying with standard terms and conditions 33(4): Role, liabilities and responsibilities of bodies implementing FI and selection criteria 33(9): Transfer and management of programme contributions 34(5): Management, control and audit arrangements 35(3): Payments and withdrawal of payments to FI 36(4): Capitalisation of annual instalments for interest rate and guarantee fee subsidies 36(5): Calculating management cost and fees 40(3): Monitoring and reporting


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