Cohesion policy 2014-2020
Partnership agreements between the European Commission and individual EU countries set out the national authorities' plans on how to use funding from the European Structural and Investment Funds between 2014 and 2020. They outline each country's strategic goals and investment priorities, linking them to the overall aims of the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.
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Based on the lessons learnt during the 2007-2013 programming period and the Commission's legislative proposals for 2014-2020, the Commission prepared for each Member State a position paper on the development of Partnership Agreement and programmes for the period 2014-2020.
The position papers inform the Member States of the Commission's views on the main challenges and funding priorities. They also establish a framework for dialogue between the Commission and each Member State on the preparation of the partnership agreement and programmes which will form the basis for delivery of the EU Structural and Investment Funds.
The position papers were presented to the Member State authorities as the Commission's views based on the Commission's legislative proposals, without prejudice to the final outcome of the negotiations on the legislative package.