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Partnership Agreements and Operational Programmes - State of Play

The European Commission has adopted 18 out of 28 Partnership Agreements (PA)and is now analysing the official PAs received from the other 10 Member States, as well as draft Cohesion Policy Operational Programmes (OP) from all countries outlining their investment plans for EU Structural and Investment Funds for the 2014-2020 programming period.

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

  • Danmark: PA adopted 05/05 and their one OP adopted
  • Deutschland: PA adopted 22/05 and all 16 OPs submitted
  • Polska: PA adopted 23/05 and all 21 OPs submitted
  • Ελλάδα: PA adopted 23/05 and all 16 OPs submitted
  • Latvija:PA adopted 20/06 and their one OP submitted
  • Lietuva: PA adopted 20/06 and their one OP adopted
  • Eesti: PA adopted 20/06 and their one OP submitted
  • Κύπρος: PA adopted 20/06 and their one OP submitted
  • Slovensko: PA adopted 20/06 and all five OP submitted
  • Portugal: PA adopted 30/07 and all ten OPs submitted
  • România: PA adopted 06/08 and three OPs submitted
  • България/Bulgaria: PA adopted 07/08 and all four OPs submitted
  • France: PA adopted 08/08 and all 32 OPs submitted
  • Nederland: PA adopted 22/08 and all four OPs submitted
  • Česká republika: PA adopted 26/08 and all six OPs submitted
  • Magyarország: PA adopted 29/08 and all five OPs submitted
  • Suomi/Finland: PA adopted 07/10 and their one OP submitted
  • Österreich: PA adopted 17/10 and their one OP submitted
  • Slovenija: PA 10/04 and their one OP submitted
  • Sverige: PA 17/04 and nine OPs submitted
  • Malta: PA 01/04 and one OP submitted
  • United Kingdom: PA 17/04 and their six OPs submitted
  • Italia: PA 22/04 and 23 OPs submitted
  • España: PA 22/04 and all 22 OPs submitted
  • Hrvatska: PA 22/04 and their one OP submitted
  • Éire/Ireland: PA 22/04 and their two OPs submitted
  • Belgien/Belgique/België: PA 23/04 and two OPs submitted
  • Luxembourg : PA 30/04 and their one OP submitted

96% of all REGIO-led OPs are now submitted, while 3 OPs (DK, DE - Schleswig-Holstein, LT) adopted

The Commission has underlined that a strategic approach to the use of the funds is critical and quality is more important than speed.

The Commission will continue thoroughly analysing the remaining Partnership Agreements and Operational Programmes, sending observations, where appropriate, to Member States.

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

The European Commission has adopted a "Partnership Agreement" with Finland 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 €1.47 billion in total Cohesion Policy funding over 2014-2020 (current prices, including European Territorial Cooperation funding). Finland also receives €2.38 billion for rural development and €74.4 million for fisheries and the maritime sector.

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.

Commenting on the adoption, Commissioner for Regional Policy, Johannes Hahn said: "Today we have adopted a vital, strategic investment plan that sets Finland on the path to jobs and growth for the next 10 years. This Partnership Agreement reflects the European Commission and Finland's joint determination to make the most efficient use of EU funding. Our investments must be strategic, according to the new Cohesion Policy- focusing on the real economy, on sustainable growth and investing in people. This plan will provide support to world class R&D and innovation, help SMEs to grow, internationalise and be more competitive and assist in diversifying the economic base of Finnish regions. Furthermore, it will address the specific challenges of the Northern Sparsely Populated Areas and provide an important contribution to the shift to low-carbon economy. But quality not speed is the paramount aim and in the coming months we are fully dedicated to negotiating the best possible outcome for investments from the European Structural and Investment Funds in 2014-2020. Commitment is needed on all sides to ensure good quality programmes are put in place.”

Commissioner Hahn added: "This investment strategy builds on the important contribution Finland is already making to help the EU meet its goals of achieving sustainable smart and inclusive growth. Finland now has a firm base in this Partnership Agreement that covers all Structural and Investment Funds and gives strategic direction to future programmes that will enhance innovation, transform Finnish SMEs into models of growth, and secure Finland's leading role in boosting innovation and new technologies. The ESI Funds are helping Finland's regions and cities to face these challenges."

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

The European Commission has adopted a "Partnership Agreement" with Hungary 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 €21.9 billion in total Cohesion Policy funding over 2014-2020 (current prices, including European Territorial Cooperation funding and the allocation for the Youth Employment Initiative).

Hungary also receives €3.45 billion for rural development and €39 million for fisheries and the maritime sector.

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.

Commenting on the adoption, Commissioner for Regional Policy, Johannes Hahn said: "Today we have adopted a vital, strategic investment plan that sets Hungary on the path to jobs and growth for the next 10 years. This Partnership Agreement reflects the European Commission and Hungary's joint determination to make the most efficient use of EU funding. In line with the reformed Cohesion Policy, the strategic feature of all our investments has to be strengthened, focusing on economic sectors where impact can be maximised, on sustainable growth and investing in people. The paramount aim is also to ensure quality programmes and implementation.”

Commissioner Hahn added: "This investment strategy builds on the important contribution Hungary is already making to help the EU meet its goals of creating sustainable long-term development of all of its less developed regions. Hungary now has a firm base in this Partnership Agreement that covers all Structural and Investment Funds and gives strategic direction to future programmes that will enhance innovation, contribute to transforming Hungary's SMEs to become more competitive and internationally integrated, and boost Hungary's growing reputation in promoting research and technical development projects. The ESI Funds are helping Hungary's regions and cities to face these challenges and support local companies and people in achieving these objectives."

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

The European Commission has adopted a "Partnership Agreement" with the Czech Republic 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 €22 billion in total Cohesion Policy funding over 2014-2020 (current prices, including European Territorial Cooperation funding and the allocation for the Youth Employment Initiative).

The Czech Republic also receives €2 billion for rural development and €31 million for the fisheries sector.

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.

Commenting on the adoption, Commissioner for Regional Policy, Johannes Hahn said: "Today we have adopted a vital, strategic investment plan that sets the Czech Republic on the path to jobs and growth for the next 10 years. This Partnership Agreement reflects the European Commission and the Czech Republic's joint determination to make the most efficient use of EU funding –Our investments must be strategic, according to the new Cohesion Policy- focusing on the real economy, on sustainable growth and investing in people. But quality not speed is the paramount aim and in the coming months we are fully dedicated to negotiating the best possible outcome for investments from the European Structural and Investment Funds in 2014-2020. Commitment is needed on all sides to ensure good quality programmes are put in place.”

Commissioner Hahn added: "This investment strategy builds on the important contribution the Czech Republic is already making to help the EU meet its goals of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. The Czech Republic now has a firm base in this Partnership Agreement that covers all Structural and Investment Funds and gives strategic direction to future programmes that will enhance innovation, transform Czech SMEs into models of growth, and secure the Czech Republic's growing reputation in sectors like energy, engineering and nano-technologies.The ESI Funds are helping Czech regions and cities to face these challenges."

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Overall, the reformed cohesion policy will make available up to EUR 351,8 billion[1] to invest in Europe's regions, cities and the real economy. It will be the EU's principle investment tool for delivering the Europe 2020 goals: creating growth and jobs, tackling climate change and energy dependence, and reducing poverty and social exclusion. This will be helped through targeting the European Regional Development Fund at key priorities such as support for small and medium-sized enterprises where the objective is to double support from EUR 70 to 140 billion over the 7 years. There will be stronger result-orientation and a new performance reserve in all European Structural and Investment Funds that incentivises good projects. Finally, efficiency in cohesion policy, rural development and the fisheries fund will also be linked to economic governance to encourage compliance of Member States with the EU's recommendations under the European Semester.

[1] current prices.


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Refocusing EU Cohesion Policy for Maximum Impact on Growth and Jobs: The Reform in 10 points

Infographic : A reformed Cohesion Policy for Europe : the main investment policy for growth and jobs
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Thematic Flyers

Targeting Investments on Key Growth Priorities

  • Research and Innovation
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  • Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)
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  • Enhancing the competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)
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  • Supporting the shift towards a low-carbon economy
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