Cohesion policy 2014-2020
Partnership Agreements and Operational Programmes - State of Play
The European Commission has adopted ten out of 28 Partnership Agreements (PA)and is now analysing the official PAs received from the other 19 Member States, as well as draft Cohesion Policy Operational Programmes (OP) from 19 countries outlining their investment plans for EU Structural and Investment Funds for the 2014-2020 programming period.
The PAs and OPs have come from:
- Danmark: PA adopted 05/05 and their one OP submitted
- 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 submitted
- Eesti: PA adopted 20/06 and their one OP submitted
- Κύπρος: PA adopted 20/06
- Slovensko: PA adopted 20/06 and all five OP submitted
- Portugal: PA adopted 30/07 and all ten OPs submitted
- France: PA 14/01 and all 32 OPs submitted
- România: PA 01/04 and two OPs submitted
- България/Bulgaria: PA 02/04and all four OPs submitted
- Nederland: PA 10/03 and all four OPs submitted
- Suomi/Finland: PA 17/02 and their one OP submitted
- Magyarország: PA 07/03and all five OPs submitted
- Slovenija: PA 10/04 and their one OP submitted
- Česká republika: PA 17/04 and all six OPs submitted
- Sverige: PA 17/04 and nine OPs submitted
- Österreich: PA 17/04 and their one OP submitted
- Malta: PA 01/04 and one OP submitted
- United Kingdom: PA 17/04 and three OPs submitted
- Italia: PA 22/04 and 20 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
Three ETC (European Territorial Cooperation) OPs have also been submitted
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.
The next adoptions are expected in August, with the later ones in autumn.
Commission adopts ‘Partnership Agreement’ with Portugal on using EU Structural and Investment Funds for growth and jobs in 2014-2020
The European Commission has adopted a "Partnership Agreement" with Portugal 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 €21.46 billion in total Cohesion Policy funding over 2014-2020 (current prices, including European Territorial Cooperation funding and the allocation for the Youth Employment Initiative). Portugal also receives €4.06 billion for rural development and €392 million for fisheries and the maritime sector.
Commenting on the adoption, President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso said: ”The adoption of the 'Partnership Agreement' is vital to continue the support to Portugal's recovery and development. It is very much geared towards improving competitiveness, creating jobs and promoting social inclusion. It is now paramount to use the €26 billion in an efficient and productive manner, directly benefiting Portuguese people.
Our efforts must now be focused in finalising the negotiation of good quality programmes, translating the priorities set-out by the Partnership Agreement, in order to effectively channel EU resources as soon as possible to the real economy to promote growth and support the economic recovery efforts in the country.“
Commissioner for Regional Policy, Johannes Hahn, said:"Today we have adopted a vital, strategic investment plan that sets Portugal on the path to jobs and growth for the next decade. This Partnership Agreement reflects the European Commission and Portugal'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: "The Partnership Agreement will focus very much on key interventions to support Portugal's economic recovery through a significant increase in its competitiveness. These include, for instance, supporting entrepreneurship and business innovation, fostering R&D knowledge transfer between academia and businesses, enhancing the competitiveness of SMEs, supporting the shift to a low-carbon economy and promoting resource efficiency, as well as contributing to the modernisation of the public administration, and investing in education, training and vocational training."
- Press release
- MEMO on Partnership Agreements and Operational Programmes
- Cohesion Policy and Portugal
- European Commission-Portugal Partnership Agreement
Commission adopts European Structural and Investment Funds ‘Partnership Agreement’ with Greece
The European Commission has adopted a "Partnership Agreement" with Greece setting down the strategy for the optimal use of European Structural and Investment Funds in the country's regions and cities. This paves the way for €15.52 billion current prices in total Cohesion Policy funding (including European Territorial Cooperation funding) and €4.2 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.
Today's agreement sets the foundations for a new growth model in Greece, thanks to EU investments. The adoption of the Partnership agreement comes timely to support Greece's efforts to exit from the crisis. Competitiveness and innovation of SMEs, sustainable job creation and tackling unemployment through capacity building and development of human resources, environmental protection, modernisation of public administration and promotion of structural and administrative reforms as well as developing and completing infrastructures for socio-economic development are among the key strategic choices that will produce visible results in the near future.
Greece has made smart choices and prioritised its investments with a special focus on the sectors of tourism, energy, agro-food, environment, blue economy and logistics, which will be the primary drivers for growth and jobs, while culture, specialised health services, aquaculture, pharmaceuticals, ICT, waste management, trade and freight transport services will also play a prominent role for Greece's future growth model.
For 2014-2020, Greece has been allocated around € 15.52 billion (current prices) in total Cohesion Policy funding:
- € 7.03 billion for less developed regions (Eastern Macedonia and Thrace, Central Macedonia, Thessaly, Epirus, Western Greece)
- € 2.31 billion for transition regions (Western Macedonia, Continental Greece, Ionian Islands, Peloponnesus, Crete, North Aegean Islands)
- € 2.53 billion for more developed regions (Attica, South Aegean Islands)
- € 3.25 billion under the Cohesion Fund
- € 231.7 million for European Territorial Cooperation
- €171.5 million for the Youth Employment Initiative.
Commission adopts European Structural and Investment Funds ‘Partnership Agreement’ with Poland
The European Commission has adopted today a "Partnership Agreement" with Poland setting down the strategy for the optimal use of European Structural and Investment Funds in the country's regions, cities and people.
Today’s agreement paves the way for investing €77.6 billion in total Cohesion Policy funding over 2014-2020 (in current prices, including European Territorial Cooperation funding), which is the biggest national allocation among the EU’s 28 Member States. Poland also receives €8.6 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.
Since Poland's accession to the European Union, 10 years ago, the European Structural and Investment Funds have spurred substantial development across the country and played a key role to ensure growth during the years of crisis. They have helped to create more than 43 000 new jobs. More than 3.2 million people enjoy better urban transport, hundreds of thousands now have clean water and nearly 6000 km of roads have been modernised or built to better connect the country.
Now for 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds will build on that success. Investments under Cohesion Policy will prove a powerful lever to support research and innovation, SMEs and extending broadband to every household and enterprise. This will boost Poland’s competitiveness and will create substantial new quality employment. With a new focus in EU Cohesion Policy on support for energy efficiency and renewables, the plan agreed today will not only help Poland reach its national growth and jobs targets but also to meet its climate change obligations. Plans to substantially upgrade the electricity grids will mean less energy dependency as well. Sustainable urban transport and railways will be a focus of the investments to connect and transform Poland’s cities and enable higher quality of life and lower emissions.
For 2014-2020, Poland has been allocated around € 77.6 billion (current prices) in total Cohesion Policy funding:
- € 51.2 billion for less developed regions: Dolnośląskie, Kujawsko-Pomorskie, Łódzkie, Lubelskie, Lubuskie, Małopolskie, Opolskie, Podkarpackie, Podlaskie, Pomorskie, Śląskie, Świętokrzyskie, Warmińsko-mazurskie, Wielkopolskie and Zachodniopomorskie;
- € 2.2 billion for more developed regions: Mazowieckie.;
- ● € 23.2 billion through the Cohesion Fund;
- € 700.5 million for European Territorial Cooperation;
- € 252.4 million for the Youth Employment Initiative.
Overall, the reformed cohesion policy will make available up to EUR 351,8 billion 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.
 current prices.
Targeting Investments on Key Growth Priorities