Koheesiopolitiikka 2014 - 2020
Operational Programmes worth €132.4 billion have been adopted in 2014
These OPs unleash investments under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Cohesion Fund worth EUR 132.4 billion.
Regional Policy programmes for France, Luxembourg, Ireland, Croatia, Slovenia, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Slovakia, Malta, Cyprus, Greece, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Denmark and Lithuania are now adopted. Germany and Poland have also most of their programmes adopted.
Commenting on these adoptions, Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Creţu said: "Stepping up our efforts this week, we have managed to adopt a total of 148 vital investment programmes. This represents tremendous progress and I want to stress how fruitful the cooperation has been between the Commission and the national and regional authorities during discussions on these programmes; it is a very good sign for our collaboration for the coming years. I intend to keep this pace in early 2015, so we can start implementing these programmes on the ground as soon as possible. Each and every one of these programmes pave the way for a prosperous future in Europe's regions."
Boosting Romania's competitiveness: EU adopts investment plan worth €1.58 billion
The European Commission has today adopted the 2014‑2020 Operational Programme for Competitiveness in Romania, worth more than €1.58 billion of investments to the Romanian real economy, of which €1.32 billion comes from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
This investment programme will channel vital funding into Research and Development (R&D) to build a more compact and modern R&D environment that focuses on the businesses' needs. It is expected that the programme will better valorise the research capacities from the public sector, strengthen the links between businesses and research institutions and boost private investments in R&D, thus contributing to bolster the competitiveness of the Romanian economy.
Investments will also focus on improving the quality and use of public electronic services benefiting businesses and citizens. The use of information and communication technologies in education, culture and health will be encouraged. The programme will also enable the further deployment of fast broadband infrastructure for the whole country, creating essential linkages between rural areas with the urban centres.
European Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Crețu said: "This adoption is an essential step on the path to growth for Romania. It strengthens and supports our businesses to become more competitive and innovation-driven, contributing to the knowledge-based economy and helping to achieve the European goals of smart growth. The programme also reaps benefits for businesses and citizens through the opportunities offered by the digital economy and e-services."
Bulgaria will benefit from €1.6 billion of EU funds for developing better transport connections
The European Commission has adopted the 2014‑2020 Operational Programme "Transport and transport infrastructures", worth almost €1.9 billion - with €1.6 billion coming from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and Cohesion Funds and the rest from national funding.
Welcoming the adoption, Corina Crețu, Commissioner for Regional Policy, said: "This investment package will certainly contribute to the development of an integrated and sustainable transport system in Bulgaria. The construction of new infrastructure will stimulate the Bulgarian economy in times of low growth and, in the long-term; better transport connections will create new business opportunities and lower the costs for transporting goods".
The Programme aims at developing the Trans European Network for Transport for railway (190 km of new and modernized railway line) and roads (construction of 62 km motorway) and at making transport safer and more sustainable in Bulgaria.
Large parts of the Sofia-Septemvri and the Plovdiv-Burgas railway line will be reconstructed or modernised.
Most of the investments for road projects are foreseen for the completion of the Struma Motorway, which is a crucial link between Sofia and Thessaloniki in Greece as part of the Pan-European Corridor from Germany to Greece.
Moreover the reconstruction/modernisation of key railways stations will facilitate efficient intermodal transport. The extension of the metro in Sofia network will allow safe, fast and environmentally friendly transport for citizens and will provide direct connections to the international airport, the central railway station and to several tramway and bus lines.
- Press Release
- Summary of the Operational Programme for Cohesion Policy Funds 2014-2020
- Cohesion Policy and Bulgaria
- @CorinaCretuEU @EU_Regional #ESIF #CohesionPolicy
Supporting Greece to exit the crisis: European Commission adopts 18 new investment programmes for jobs and growth and better quality of life in 2014-2020
18 new EU investment Programmes for Greece and each of its regions have been given the green light today by the European Commission. These strategic investment programmes for 2014-2020 represent a major support in helping the country out of the crisis and will help creating jobs as well as new opportunities for growth and economic development. Together the value of the programmes amounts to more than €17 billion from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Cohesion Fund (CF).
Five national programmes adopted today cover investments in competiveness and innovation; transport and environment; and technical assistance to support an efficient and modern management of these programmes. Contrary to the previous programming period 2007-2013, every one of the 13 Greek regions will have its own, tailored programme of investments.
Commissioner for Regional Policy, Corina Crețu who jointly approved the Operational Programmes for Greece said:"We can only tackle the crisis if we work together and help each other. This major investment plan represents our commitment to support Greece's own efforts to get back on the path to growth. Each investment will be strategically targeted on the critical needs of each region: from transport and environment to support for SMEs, these programmes will deliver concrete benefits to the people of Greece. We need to make the best use of this investment opportunity, business as usual is not an option. Together, we can bring back trust and growth to the Greek economy."
Marianne Thyssen, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, said: "For the period 2014-2020, around 800 million euro will be invested in the Greek regions from the European Social Fund aiming mainly to promote social inclusion and combat poverty. We will also support actions to promote sustainable and quality employment, equal opportunities and socio-economic integration of marginalised communities. The promotion of social entrepreneurship will also be supported through the ESF as a tool to facilitate access to employment and provide better services to those most in need".
The Greek programmes contribute to European goals for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth by channelling vital funding into the real economy - supporting small and medium sized enterprises, R&D and innovation, focusing on linking academic and research centres with enterprises as well as into the promotion of education, training, employment and social inclusion. To this end, 34.500 SMEs will receive support and around 2.700 new enterprises are expected to be created and 2.000 SMEs to cooperate with research institutions in order to promote research and innovation. This support from the programmes would result in employment increase of more than 16.000 full time equivalents and around 8.000 new researchers working in supported entities.
Investments will also focus on energy efficiency of public and private buildings, showing country's commitment to move towards a low-carbon economy. More than 26.000 households will be classified in improved energy consumption category and almost 200.000 energy users will connect to smart grids.
A key focus will be on protecting the environment as well as natural and cultural heritage and promoting sustainable urban development. Waste recycling capacity will increase to 1.2 million tonnes per year while around 1 million more people will be served by improved water supply and waste water treatment.
Last but not least, the new programming will target at completing key infrastructures, in particular for transport, therefore constructing some 260km new TEN-T roads and 161km TEN-T railways.
In the meantime, the adoption of a new law proposed by the Greek authorities to govern the Management and control system of the 2014-2020 programming period is expected before the end of the year. It should provide for a sound and transparent management system that will operate in a context of well framed antifraud strategy.
- FULL summaries of 16 Operational Programmes adopted today
- Press Release
- MEMO on Partnership Agreement
- EU Cohesion Policy and Greece
Uudistetun koheesiopolitiikan puitteissa käytettävissä on yhteensä 351,8 miljardia euroa, joka voidaan investoida Euroopan alueisiin, kaupunkeihin ja reaalitalouteen. Se tulee olemaan EU:n tärkein investointiväline, jolla tuetaan Eurooppa 2020 -strategian tavoitteiden saavuttamista. Nämä ovat talouskasvu ja työllistyminen, ilmastonmuutokseen reagoiminen ja energiariippuvuuden ratkaiseminen sekä köyhyyden ja sosiaalisen syrjäytymisen vähentäminen. Tavoitteiden saavuttamista edistetään kohdentamalla Euroopan aluekehitysrahaston rahoitusta tärkeimpiin painopisteisiin kuten pk-yrityksille annettavaan tukeen. Kyseinen tuki on tarkoitus kaksinkertaistaa 70 miljardista eurosta 140 miljardiin euroon seitsemän vuoden kuluessa. Kaikissa Euroopan rakenne- ja investointirahastoissa korostetaan aiempaa enemmäntulossuuntautuneisuutta ja niissä on uusi suoritusvaraus, joka toimii kannustimena hyvien hankkeiden toteuttamiseen.Lisäksikoheesiopolitiikan, maatalouden kehittämisen ja kalatalousrahaston tehokkuus liitetään myös talouden ohjausjärjestelmään jäsenvaltioiden kannustamiseksi noudattamaan eurooppalaisen ohjausjakson puitteissa annettuja EU:n suosituksia.
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