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

The European Commission has adopted a "Partnership Agreement" with Croatia 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 €8.6 billion in total Cohesion Policy funding over 2014-2020 (current prices, including European Territorial Cooperation funding and the allocation for the Youth Employment Initiative). Croatia also receives €2 billion for rural development and €252.6 million for the fisheries and the maritime sector.

The EU investments are aimed to boost the competitiveness, develop an environmentally friendly and a resource-efficient economy, support active employment measures and fight against social exclusion.

Commenting on the adoption, Commissioner for Regional Policy, Johannes Hahn said: "Today we have adopted a vital investment plan that sets Croatia on the path to jobs and growth for the next 10 years. This Partnership Agreement reflects the European Commission and Croatia'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 we must focus on quality not speed in the coming months, as we plan the 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.”

He continued: “The ERDF and Cohesion Fund in Croqtiq will be invested in research and innovation, support to entrepreneurship, e-economy, trans-European and urban transport, as well as the protection of the natural resources of the country. These investments will support the national reforms and efforts to develop a knowledge and innovation-based economy. I count on the national authorities to ensure that this comprehensive EU investment strategy has a positive impact on the economy and on the lives of Croatia’s citizens. Future programmes must translate this strategic plan into concrete actions and provide the right conditions for an efficient management and delivery of the funds on the ground".

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

The European Commission has adopted a "Partnership Agreement" with Slovenia 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 €3.07 billion in total Cohesion Policy funding over 2014-2020 (current prices, including European Territorial Cooperation funding and the allocation for the Youth Employment Initiative). Slovenia also receives €837.8 million for rural development and €24.8 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 investment plan that sets Slovenia on the path to jobs and growth for the next 10 years. This Partnership Agreement reflects the European Commission and Slovenia'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 we must focus on quality not speed in the coming months, as we plan the 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 Slovenia is already making to help the EU meet its goals of creating a resource efficient economy with sustainable energy use and sustainable mobility. Slovenia 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 Slovenian SMEs into models of growth, and secure Slovenia’s growing reputation in supporting research, developmentand innovation. The ESI Funds are helping Slovenia's regions and cities to face these challenges."

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

The European Commission has adopted a "Partnership Agreement" with Spain 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 €28.58 billion in total Cohesion Policy funding over 2014-2020 (current prices, including European Territorial Cooperation funding and the allocation for the Youth Employment Initiative). Spain also receives € 8.29 billion for rural development and € 1.16 billion 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 investment plan that setsSpain on the path to jobs and growth for the next 10 years. This Partnership Agreement reflects the European Commission and Spain'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 we must focus on quality not speed in the coming months, as we plan the 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 Spain is already making to help the EU meet its goal of sustainable long-term development in all its less developed regions. This Partnership Agreement, which covers all Structural and Investment Funds, provides a firm basis to design programmes that will boost competitiveness, enhance innovation, and provide very much needed access to finance for SMEs. The ESI Funds are helping Spain's regions and cities to face these challenges."

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European Commission adopts ‘Partnership Agreements’ with Spain, Slovenia and Croatia on using EU Structural and Investment Funds for growth and jobs in 2014-2020

The European Commission has adopted Partnership Agreements with 3 Member States today, setting down the strategy for the optimal use of European Structural and Investment Funds throughout the countries.

Today’s agreement paves the way for investments during the period 2014-2020 via the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) comprising the European Regional Development, the European Social Fund, The Cohesion Fund, The European Maritime and Fisheries Fund, The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.

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.

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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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