Partnership Agreements and Operational Programmes - State of Play
The European Commission has adopted nine 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 18 countries outlining their investment plans for EU Structural and Investment Funds for the 2014-2020 programming period.
The PAs and OPs have come from:
- Polska: PA adopted 23/05 and all 21 OPs submitted
- France: PA 14/01 and all 32 OPs submitted
- Latvija:PA adopted 20/06 and their one OP submitted
- Portugal: PA 04/02 and all 10 OPs submitted
- Lietuva: PA 04/01 and their one OP submitted
- Slovensko: PA adopted 20/06 and all 5 OP submitted
- Suomi/Finland: PA 17/02 and one OP submitted
- Deutschland: PA adopted 22/05 and 15 OPs submitted
- Eesti: PA adopted 20/06 and their one OP submitted
- Danmark: PA adopted 05/05 and both OPs submitted
- Magyarország: PA 07/03and all 5 OPs submitted
- Nederland: PA 10/03 and all 4 OPs submitted
- România: PA 01/04
- Malta: PA 01/04
- България/Bulgaria: PA 02/04and all 4 OPs submitted
- Slovenija: PA 10/04and their one OP submitted
- Sverige: PA 17/04 and 9 OPs submitted
- Κύπρος: PA adopted 20/06
- Česká republika: PA 17/04
- Österreich: PA 17/04 and one OP submitted
- United Kingdom: PA 17/04 and 3 OPs submitted
- Ελλάδα: PA adopted 23/05
- Italia: PA 22/04
- España: PA 22/04
- Hrvatska: PA 22/04
- Éire/Ireland: PA 22/04
- Belgien/Belgique/België: PA 23/04and one OP submitted
- Luxembourg : PA 30/04
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 July, with the later ones in autumn.
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.
Commission adopts European Structural and Investment Funds ‘Partnership Agreement’ with Germany
The Commission has adopted today a "Partnership Agreement" with Germany setting down the strategy for the optimal use of European Structural and Investment Funds in the German regions and cities. This is a strategic investment plan to bring Germany on the path to jobs and growth for the next 10 years.
Today’s agreement will pave the way for € 19.2 billion (current prices) Cohesion Policy funding and €8.3 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.
The investment plan will help Germany to face its major challenges, such as the demographic change. It will also contribute to Germany's efforts to reduce regional disparities within the country, secure its competiveness in the world and decrease its regional innovation gap.
The Commission provided a menu of thematic objectives to enable Member States and regions to meet the agreed growth goals of Europe 2020 Strategy. The Member States then selected a number of investment priorities to translate those objectives into concrete actions responding to the real development needs.
In order to boost competitiveness and growth, Germany chose to invest a large part of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) in strengthening its research and innovation capacities, improving the competitiveness of SMEs and supporting the shift towards a low-carbon economy. The future ERDF investments will particularly focus on measures to increase the use of renewable energy sources, support energy transition, and enhance energy efficiency in order to help Germany to meet the goals of green growth.
Germany will mainly use the European Social Funds (ESF) investments to combat social exclusion, improve educational outcomes and promote high-quality employment. ESF investments will enable Germany to adapt to the demographic change, which has led to a shortage of skills in various sectors and regions. They will focus on a better use of the labour market potential, in particular regarding women, as well as on the provision of education and training for the young generation and the improvement of the situation of disadvantaged people.
The implementation of the Partnership Agreement will be carried out by 47 operational programmes under the four Funds.
For 2014-2020, Germany has been allocated around € 19.2 billion (current prices) in total CohesionPolicy funding:
- € 9.7 billion for transition regions (Brandenburg, Bremen, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Sachsen (except Leipzig), Sachsen-Anhalt, Thüringen; Lüneburg)
- € 8.6 billion for developed regions (Baden-Württemberg, Bayern, Berlin, Hamburg, Hessen,Niedersachsen (except Lüneburg); Nordrhein-Westfalen, Rheinland-Pfalz, Saarland, Schleswig-Holstein; Leipzig)
- € 0.9 billion for European Territorial Cooperation.
Also, the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development will invest a further €8.3 billion.The allocation under Fisheries and Maritime Policy will be finalised and published in the summer 2014.
In totaal zal via het hervormde cohesiebeleid tot 351,8 miljard EUR ter beschikking kunnen worden gesteld voor investeringen in de regio's en steden van Europa en in de reële economie. Het zal het belangrijkste investeringsinstrument van de EU zijn om de Europa 2020-doelstellingen te verwezenlijken: groei en banen scheppen, de klimaatverandering en de energieafhankelijkheid aanpakken en de armoede en sociale uitsluiting terugdringen. Dit zal worden ondersteund door het Europees Fonds voor regionale ontwikkeling, dat zich zal concentreren op essentiële prioriteiten zoals steun aan kleine en middelgrote ondernemingen, waarvoor een verdubbeling van 70 miljard tot 140 miljard EUR over de periode van zeven jaar wordt beoogd. Er komt een grotere resultaatgerichtheid en een nieuwe prestatiereserve in alle Europese structuur- en investeringsfondsen om goede projecten te belonen. Tot slot zal efficiëntie in het cohesiebeleid, plattelandsontwikkeling en het visserijfonds ook worden gekoppeld aan de economische governance, teneinde de lidstaten te stimuleren om de EU-aanbevelingen in het kader van het Europees semester op te volgen.
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