Presentation on theme: "Financial Instruments under the European Structural and Investment (ESI) Funds 2014-2020 MS expert meeting 17 June 2013."— Presentation transcript:
1 Financial Instruments under the European Structural and Investment (ESI) Funds 2014-2020 MS expert meeting17 June 2013
2 Agenda of the meetingKey features and scope for secondary legislation under the Common Provisions Regulation (CPR) – COM PRESENTATIONDISCUSSION on Implementing ActsDISCUSSION on the objectives and the outline of the "off-the-shelf" instruments (part of the Implementing Act)Lunch breakDISCUSSION on Delegated ActsINFORMATION on a Technical Assistance Platform
3 Key features under the Common Provisions Regulation (CPR)
4 Financial instruments 2014-2020: Introduction Background:Increased importance of financial instruments in implementing EU budget resources in future (Budget review, 5th Cohesion Report, MFF)EU central level / „direct management“: „EU Debt and Equity Platforms“ to serve as standardised rules for FIs using EU budgetRegional Policy / „shared management“: Strengthening and expansion of financial instruments in the context of Cohesion PolicyLegislative framework toprovide 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.
5 Financial instruments 2014-2020: 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 managementTailor-made instruments (cf. current period)Standardised "off-the-shelf instruments for quick roll-outContribution to EU level FIs under central management (ring- fencing)
6 Financial instruments 2014-2020: Key novelties (2) Ex-ante assessment to be carried out before launch of FI operation under the ESIFBetter 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 recipientAt the level of final recipients: Combination is now possible also with assistance from other programmes supported by the EU budgetMAs may undertake implementation tasks directly for FIs consisting solely of loans and guaranteesIncentives 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 foreseenInstruments 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
7 Financial instruments 2014-2020: Key novelties (3) Phased contributions to FIsMAs to pay programme contributions in at least 4 tranchesSubsequent payments from MA to FI to be made on the basis of FI investment rate in relation to programme contributions receivedMore detailed rules concerningeligible 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 MAsMA to report to COM on FI operations annually (annex to the annual implementation report); reporting items should be aligned with requirements of the Financial RegulationCOM to publish annual summary report on the basis of data received
9 Delegated Acts (Article 290 TFEU) and Implementing Acts (Article 291 TFEU) The CPR gives four empowerments for delegated acts and five empowerments for implementing actsDelegated 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 CommissionImplementing Acts allow adoption of uniform conditions for the implementation of financial instrumentsThe 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
10 Delegated ActsImplementing Acts32(10): Purchase of land and combination of TA with FI33(3)(a):FI complying with standard terms and conditions33(4): Role, liabilities and responsibilities of bodies implementing FI and selection criteria33(9): Transfer and management of programme contributions34(5): Management, control and audit arrangements35(3): Payments and withdrawal of payments to FI36(4): Capitalisation of annual instalments for interest rate and guarantee fee subsidies36(5): Calculating management cost and fees40(3): Monitoring and reporting
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