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Evaluation of EU cohesion policy helps to:

  • Improve the effectiveness and efficiency of programmes
  • Provide information about the impacts of cohesion policy

Evaluation of cohesion policy is undertaken on a partnership basis, with Member States responsible for ex ante evaluation and the European Commission for ex post evaluation.

The European Commission:

  • Communicates the main achievements of cohesion policy.
  • Produces the 2013 and 2010 Strategic reports.
  • Publishes the evaluations undertaken by the Commission and Member States.
  • Provides guidance on the evaluation of EU cohesion policy, as well as broader issues linked to the evaluation of socio-economic development.
  • Coordinates exchanges of experience on evaluation..
  • Publishes an annual evaluation plan on EU regional policy.

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Public authorities delivering energy efficiency and social inclusion solutions

Eight case studies on Multi Level governance and local and regional policies delivering EUROPE 2020 objectives have been published by DG REGIO.   These case studies are part of an overall study focusing on how governance (and changes in governance) can influence policy outcomes. It seeks to answers to the questions "How important is governance?" and "how can it be improved to serve policy objectives?" The study is using the 8 case studies– involving volunteer partners from across the EU - to draw lessons on governance and to test the possibility to transfer governance arrangements to twinning partners. The transfer processes will continue until end 2014. The final report of the study will be presented at a public seminar in March 2015.

Read the case studies.

Competition for the best evaluations and evaluation proposals

The Directorates-General for Regional and Urban Policy and Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion of the European Commission will organise a conference on "Effectiveness of EU Cohesion Policy" in 2016.  The conference will be a showcase for the best evaluations, a place to discuss good practices in evaluation planning, and an opportunity to broaden the actors involved in the evaluation of Cohesion Policy.  It will bring together those responsible for managing Structural Funds and evaluators.

In preparation for the conference, the European Commission invites those interested to take part in a competition for the best evaluations of EU Cohesion Policy. For more information, download the competition flyer.

New guidance on evaluation plans

A new guidance on evaluation plans was discussed with Member States in a joint meeting organised by DG EMPL and DG REGIO on 15 May. This guidance will support Managing Authorities in designing the evaluation plan that will be submitted to the monitoring committee not later than one year after the adoption of the programme.  Evaluations are an essential element of the strengthened result-focus of the policy. The evaluation plan will help to improve their quality and the use of their findings in the programming and reporting activities of the Managing Authorities. It will also help them to fulfil the new regulatory obligation to assess the impact of the programmes.

Guidance document on evaluation plans



Exchanging experience on good governance

In the context of the DG REGIO study on "Multi-level governance in support of Europe 2020" two multi-lateral meetings will soon take as follows:

  • Governance in support of energy efficiency policies - Milan - 26-27 March 2014
  • Governance of social inclusion in urban areas - Stockholm – 1-2 April 2014

The study, funded by DG REGIO and carried out by a consortium led by Spatial Foresight, aims to generate lessons from policy experiences and to stimulate learning and exchange between regions. Four case studies will be presented at each of the multilateral meetings in the presence of other interested regions. More details on the background to the study and the multilateral meetings is available in the Inception report

If you are interested in participating in either meeting contact:

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