Commission adopts European Structural and Investment Funds ‘Partnership Agreement’ with Germany
The Commission has adopted today a "Partnership Agreement" with Germany setting down the strategy for the optimal use of European Structural and Investment Funds in the German regions and cities. This is a strategic investment plan to bring Germany on the path to jobs and growth for the next 10 years.
Today’s agreement will pave the way for € 19.2 billion (current prices) Cohesion Policy funding and €8.3 billion for rural development to be invested in the country’s real economy. The allocation under Fisheries and Maritime Policy will be finalised and published this summer.
The investment plan will help Germany to face its major challenges, such as the demographic change. It will also contribute to Germany's efforts to reduce regional disparities within the country, secure its competiveness in the world and decrease its regional innovation gap.
The Commission provided a menu of thematic objectives to enable Member States and regions to meet the agreed growth goals of Europe 2020 Strategy. The Member States then selected a number of investment priorities to translate those objectives into concrete actions responding to the real development needs.
In order to boost competitiveness and growth, Germany chose to invest a large part of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) in strengthening its research and innovation capacities, improving the competitiveness of SMEs and supporting the shift towards a low-carbon economy. The future ERDF investments will particularly focus on measures to increase the use of renewable energy sources, support energy transition, and enhance energy efficiency in order to help Germany to meet the goals of green growth.
Germany will mainly use the European Social Funds (ESF) investments to combat social exclusion, improve educational outcomes and promote high-quality employment. ESF investments will enable Germany to adapt to the demographic change, which has led to a shortage of skills in various sectors and regions. They will focus on a better use of the labour market potential, in particular regarding women, as well as on the provision of education and training for the young generation and the improvement of the situation of disadvantaged people.
The implementation of the Partnership Agreement will be carried out by 47 operational programmes under the four Funds.
For 2014-2020, Germany has been allocated around € 19.2 billion (current prices) in total CohesionPolicy funding:
- € 9.7 billion for transition regions (Brandenburg, Bremen, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Sachsen (except Leipzig), Sachsen-Anhalt, Thüringen; Lüneburg)
- € 8.6 billion for developed regions (Baden-Württemberg, Bayern, Berlin, Hamburg, Hessen,Niedersachsen (except Lüneburg); Nordrhein-Westfalen, Rheinland-Pfalz, Saarland, Schleswig-Holstein; Leipzig)
- € 0.9 billion for European Territorial Cooperation.
Also, the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development will invest a further €8.3 billion.The allocation under Fisheries and Maritime Policy will be finalised and published in the summer 2014.