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Operational Programmes - State of Play

The European Commission is now analysing the draft Cohesion Policy Operational Programmes (OPs) from all countries outlining their investment plans for EU Structural and Investment Funds for the 2014-2020 programming period.

63 Programmes have been adopted so far including 4 cooperation programmes, for a total amount of more than EUR 47 billion.

The OPs (managed by DG REGIO) have come from:

  • Danmark: Their one OP adopted
  • Deutschland: All 16 OPs submitted and 12 adopted
  • Polska: All 21 OPs submitted and 2 adopted
  • Ελλάδα: All 16 OPs submitted
  • Latvija: Their one OP adopted
  • Lietuva: Their one OP adopted
  • Eesti: Their one OP adopted
  • Κύπρος: Their one OP submitted
  • Slovensko: All five OP submitted and 3 adopted
  • Portugal: All ten OPs submitted
  • România: 4 OPs submitted
  • България/Bulgaria: All four OPs submitted
  • France: All 32 OPs submitted and 23 adopted
  • Nederland: All four 4 OPs adopted
  • Česká republika: All six OPs submitted
  • Magyarország: All five OPs submitted
  • Suomi/Finland: Their one OP adopted
  • Österreich: Their one OP submitted
  • Sverige: 10 OPs submitted
  • Malta: 2 OP submitted and 1 OP adopted
  • United Kingdom: Their six OPs submitted and 5 adopted
  • Italia: 25 OPs submitted
  • Belgien/Belgique/België: 3 OPs submitted and 1 adopted
  • Luxembourg : Their one OP submitted
  • España: All 22 OPs submitted and 1 adopted
  • Slovenija: Their one OP submitted
  • Hrvatska: Their one OP adopted
  • Éire/Ireland: Their two OPs submitted and 1 adopted

OP summaries are published on this website.

The Operational Programmes are designed by the Member States and regional authorities and then discussed with the Commission. The goal is to adopt as many operational programmes as possible before the end of 2014. Astrategic approach to the use of the funds is critical and quality is more important than speed.

Austria and Germany: EU invests 54 million euro to boost cooperation across Bavaria's border

The European Commission has adopted yesterday the new interregional cooperation programme ("Interreg") between Austria and the German region of Bavaria, worth more than 54 million euro from EU Regional funds. A key focus will be on cross border initiatives to protect the fragile Alpine environment, boost tourism and link research and development.

Welcoming the adoption today European Commissioner for Regional Policy Corinne Crețu said:" Our cross border programmes are one of the most tangible ways the EU is working to help citizens address common challenges and tap into shared potential – together. The programme adopted today means the border region of Southern Bavaria and Western Austria can step up a gear in their integration. We have moved a long way from building bicycle paths and basic infrastructure to financing top-end research co-operation between Austrian and Bavarian universities. Our focus on research and development and environmental protection will address both the strengths and the challenges of the region head on so people living here can reap the rewards."

The programme will promote the better integration of research and development capacities on both sides of the border to exploit the full economic potential of the region. At the same time, it will address the environmental protection of highly sensitive Alpine areas and increasing challenges linked to climate change, in particular flood risk management. Actions in these two main priorities will be complemented by efforts to foster closer co-operation in legal and administrative questions to create a fully integrated border region.

This first call for cross-border projects will be launched in 2015. From the creation of cross-border research networks and the joint management of environmental protection areas to cross-border activities in the tourism sector – projects will receive up to 85% of EU funding for their activities. A special "small projects fund" will also help to bring the 5.9 million people living in the border region closer together.

"Interreg" programmes as well as macro regional strategies demonstrate that borders should no longer be seen as obstacles, and that cross border cooperation is vital to tackle specific issues, such as climate change and transport infrastructure, for example. In Milan on 1st of December, Commissioner Corina Creţu highlighted some of the key aspects in the development of the future EU Strategy for the Alpine Region which, like the newly adopted Austrian-German Interreg programme, transcends national borders to provide citizens and businesses of the region with tailored and more efficient policies.

More information:

Press Release

Cohesion Policy and Cross-border Cooperation  

Twitter: @EU_Regional / @CorinaCretuEU

Commissioner Crețu marks important milestones to start the flow of EU regional investments

Corina Crețu, Commissioner for Regional Policy today announced the adoption of strategic programmes that pave the way for EU investments in hundreds of cross-border and regional projects in Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

The first of Europe's cross-border cooperation or INTERREG programmes – worth some €444 million, between Germany and the Netherlands will mainly invest in making the region's SMEs more innovative and helping create a greener economy in the Dutch-German border region. More generally it will help citizens and companies see the border as an opportunity instead of an obstacle.

The first of the UK's regional operational programmes unleashes an investment package worth €406 million and €1.8 billion respectively to East Wales and to West Wales and the Valleys. The investments, through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), will help drive research and innovation, boost the competitiveness and access to finance of small businesses, further develop energy efficiency and renewables, and support sustainable public transport systems, such as the Metro in the Cardiff Capital City Region.

These programmes are the concrete translations of the investment priorities that each Member State has chosen in the Partnership Agreements with the European Commission. The last of these strategic plans was adopted just this week with Ireland, paving the way for over €3.3 billion worth of investments in the real economy there. Each Member State has also set itself clear, transparent and measurable targets for achievement to ensure the optimal use of European Structural and Investment Funds across the EU.

Corina Crețu, Commissioner for Regional Policy, said: "These programmes embody the true spirit of the reformed Cohesion Policy. They are about improved and more efficient cooperation and partnership. The Germany-Netherlands programme goes well beyond our co-financing requirements with 50% match-funding from the regional partners to our ERDF. This is a 60% increase compared to the 2007-2013 period and shows the true added value of cooperation across borders".

She added: "I congratulate our Welsh partners in reaching this milestone in strategic investment planning. Wales is a model for the rest of Europe's regions in terms of 'partnership in action'. These vital investment programs will set Wales on the path to smart and green growth - connecting people, skills and jobs."

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European Commission adopts ‘Partnership Agreement’ with Ireland on using EU Structural and Investment Funds for growth and jobs in 2014-2020

The European Commission has adopted a "Partnership Agreement" with Ireland setting down the strategy for the optimal use of European Structural and Investment Funds throughout the country.

Today’s agreement paves the way for investing €3.357 billion in total European Structural and Investment funding over 2014-2020 (current prices, including European Regional Development Fund, European Social Fund, European Maritime and Fisheries Fund, the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Youth Employment Initiative).

The EU investments will help tackle unemployment and boost competitiveness and economic growth through support to innovation, training and education in cities, towns and rural areas. They will also promote entrepreneurship, fight social exclusion and help to develop an environmentally friendly and a resource-efficient economy.

Corina Crețu, Commissioner for Regional Policy, said: "Today we have adopted a vital investment plan that sets Ireland on the path to jobs and growth for the next 10 years. This Partnership Agreement reflects the Commission's and Ireland's joint determination to make the most efficient use of EU funding. Our investments must be strategic - focusing on the real economy, on sustainable growth and investing in people. This strategy builds on the important contribution Ireland is already making to help the EU meet its growth goals. This Partnership Agreement is a firm base for maximising the potential of the Structural and Investment Funds, giving strategic direction to future programmes that will enhance innovation, help Irish SMEs to grow, and boost Ireland's reputation in delivering innovation, business competitiveness, and market leadership."

More information:

MEMO on Partnership Agreements and Operational Programmes

Cohesion Policy and Ireland

European Commission - Ireland Partnership Agreement and Summary

Všechny zprávy

Reformovaná politika soudržnosti umožní investovat celkem až 351,8 miliardy EUR[1] do evropských regionů, měst a reálné ekonomiky. Bude představovat hlavní investiční nástroj EU k dosažení cílů strategie Evropa 2020, mezi něž patří nastartování růstu, tvorba pracovních míst, boj proti změně klimatu, řešení energetické závislosti, omezení chudoby a sociálního vyloučení. Důležité bude v tomto směru zacílení Evropského fondu pro regionální rozvoj, který se bude soustředit na klíčové priority, jako je podpora malých a středních podniků, kde by se během sedmi následujících let měly dostupné prostředky zdvojnásobit ze 70 na 140 miliard EUR. Patrná bude výraznější orientace na výsledky a v rámci všech evropských strukturálních a investičních fondů se uplatní nová výkonnostní rezerva, jež by měla fungovat jako pobídka k provádění kvalitních projektů. V neposlední řadě je třeba zmínit, že efektivita v oblasti politiky soudržnosti, rozvoje venkova a rybářského fondu bude propojena rovněž se správou ekonomických záležitostí s cílem zajistit dodržování doporučení EU v rámci evropského semestru ze strany členských států.

[1] V běžných cenách.

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