Task Force for Better Implementation

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The Commission set up a Task Force for Better Implementation in late 2014.

The Task Force aims to help Member States spend funding that is still available from the 2007-2013 funding period, and make sure that this is invested strategically in order to generate the best returns in terms of growth and job creation.

Eight countries whose rate of absorption of funding is significantly below the EU average are covered by the Task Force:

  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Hungary
  • Italy
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia

Low absorption in these countries could lead to the “decommitment” and loss of allocated funds. For the latest absorption rates per country, see the Cohesion Policy Open Data Platform.

The Task Force has undertaken a stocktaking and country-by-country analysis. Based on this analysis, a tailored action plan is drawn up for each Member State.

In a second stage, the Task Force will concentrate on the implementation of the 2014-2020 programmes, in particular through supporting administrative capacity and learning the lessons from the past.