Politică de coeziune 2014-2020
Partnership Agreements - State of Play
The European Commission is now analysing the official Partnership Agreements received from 10 Member States outlining their investment plans for EU Structural and Investment Funds.
These have come from:
Both the commission services and EU Regional Policy Commissioner, Johannes Hahn have underlined that quality is more important than speed.
The 18 remaining official Partnership Agreement proposals are to be submitted to the Commission by 22 April, for adoption as soon as possible so that programme funding can begin.
Programming 2014-2020 : the timetable
The Regulation establishes that each Member State shall submit its Partnership Agreement (PA) to the Commission within 4 months from the entry into force of the Regulation.
The Commission shall in turn make observations within 3 months of the date of submission of the PA by the Member State and shall adopt the Agreement no later than 4 months from its submission, provided that the Member State has adequately taken into account the observations made by the Commission.
This means that as a general rule, PAs should be adopted by end of August 2014 at the latest.
The Regulation establishes that Operational Programmes (OPs) shall be submitted by Member States at the latest 3 months following the submission of the PA.
The Commission shall make observations within 3 months of the date of submission of the OP and adopt the OP no later than 6 months from the date of its submission, provided that the Member State has adequately taken into account the Commission observations.
As a general rule, therefore, OPs should be adopted by end of January 2015 at the latest.
Adoption of the code of conduct on partnership for 2014-2020 programmes
The Commission adopted on 7January the Delegated Regulation on the European code of conduct on partnership, which lays down the conditions for involvement of partners in the preparation and implementation of 2014-2020 partnership agreements and programmes.
In accordance with article 5 of Regulation (EU) 1303/2013 (Common Provisions Regulation, “CPR”) the Commission shall set out a common set of standards to improve consultation, participation and dialogue with partners such as regional, local, urban and other public authorities, trade unions, employers, non-governmental organisations and bodies responsible for promoting social inclusion, gender equality and non-discrimination during the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of projects financed by the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF).
The Code of Conduct, which takes the form of a legally-binding Commission Delegated Regulation, sets out objectives and criteria to ensure that Member States implement the partnership principle in line with the provisions of Article 5 of the CPR. This means that Member States are required to:
- ensure transparency in the selection of partners representing regional, local and other public authorities, social and economic partners and bodies representing the civil society, to be appointed as full members in the monitoring committees of the programmes;
- provide partners with adequate information and sufficient time as a prerequisite for a proper consultation process;
- ensure that partners must be effectively involved in all phases of the process, i.e. from the preparation and throughout the implementation, including monitoring and evaluation, of all programmes;
- support the capacity building of the partners for improving their competences and skills in view of their active involvement in the process
At the same time, the code of conduct leaves ample flexibility to Member States to organise the precise practical details for involving relevant partners in the different stages of the programming.
The Delegated Regulation on the code of conduct is accompanied by a Staff Working Document gathering examples of best practices as regards implementation of the partnership principle in the European Structural and Investment Funds' programmes.
This Delegated Regulation has not yet entered into force, as it is subject to the right of the European Parliament and of the Council to express objections within the deadline of two months from its adoption, in accordance with Article 290 (2) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.
Cohesion Policy Regulations to enter into force
The new rules and legislation governing the next round of EU Cohesion Policy investment for 2014-2020 have been formally endorsed by the Council of the European Union and will enter into force once published in the 'Official Journal of the EU'. Member States now move to finalising their strategic plans with investment priorities for regional development, following months of preparation. These Partnership Agreements are expected to be adopted in the early part of 2014.
Official Journal L 347 ( 20 December) contains the new Regulations
În ansamblu, politica de coeziune reformată va pune la dispoziție până la 351,8 miliarde EUR pentru a se investi în regiunile, orașele și economia reală a Europei. Acesta va fi principalul instrument de investiții al UE pentru a atinge obiectivele strategiei Europa 2020: crearea de locuri de muncă și generarea de creștere economică, abordarea problemei schimbărilor climatice și a dependenței energetice, reducerea sărăciei și a excluziunii sociale. La aceasta va contribui și definirea mai bună a priorităților-cheie ale Fondului european de dezvoltare regională, cum ar fi sprijinul pentru întreprinderile mici și mijlocii, obiectivul fiind de a dubla sprijinul, de la 70 la 140 de miliarde EUR pe durata celor 7 ani. În toate fondurile structurale și de investiții europene care stimulează proiectele bune va exista un grad mai mare de orientare spre rezultate, precum și o nouă rezervă de performanță. În fine, în cadrul politicii de coeziune, al dezvoltării rurale și al fondului pentru pescuit, eficiența va fi corelată, de asemenea, cu guvernanța economică pentru a încuraja respectarea de către statele membre a recomandărilor UE din cadrul semestrului european.
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