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31/03/2010 00:00:00

93 billion euro or 27 % of EU funding has been allocated to projects for investment in jobs and growth in Europe over the last three years, according to a report adopted today on the EU's cohesion programmes for the 2007-2013 period. Presented by Commissioners Johannes Hahn (Regional Policy) and László Andor(Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion), the report assesses, for the first time, the rate of progress of each country on delivering agreed EU objectives. With projects selected[1] for 35% of the available funds the UK is doing better than the EU-average.

Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for Regional Policy, said: "This report is a new feature for cohesion policy. It puts into practice our ambition to establish a robust system for the delivery of structural fund investments during the programming period. The global economic crisis has obviously had an impact upon implementation. However, the overall picture is positive. It shows cohesion policy is successful in investing in regions. Delivery of the agreed strategies is being put in place at a good pace, with progress in key sectors such as Research & Development and innovation particularly encouraging. Member States now have to move forward and improve the implementation of programmes."

László Andor, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion said: "The training and up skilling offered by the European Social Fund to people looking for work is progressing and bearing fruit. But more can be done to help those hit hardest by the downturn. Member States need to step up investments, especially in the area of social inclusion and institutional capacity building so that they can run programmes effectively". He added: "The crisis has proven the relevance and value of the European Social Fund when we see that the measures most resorted to have been active labour market policies to get people into work".

The bulk of cohesion policy resources (around 230 billion euro) have been earmarked for investment in the key areas of the growth and jobs agenda. While the report suggests that progress has been positive in important areas such as Research & Development (R&D), innovation, lifelong learning and active labour market policies, it also indicates that more should be done to accelerate project implementation in the rail sector, in key energy and environment investments, in the digital economy, and in support of social inclusion. The Commission calls on the Member States to target these priority areas, if necessary, by putting in place action plans to overcome the delays.

The report contains an indicative selection of 40 projects that illustrate the broad range of areas covered and there are two UK examples in the shortlist:

- The Next Generation Broadband project in Northern Ireland – it aims to deliver access for 85% of businesses to next generation broadband networks by 2011

- The Better West Midlands project – it provides support and training for workers under threat or notice of redundancy with the aim to help them move straight to new employment.

[1]The term "selected projects" means that they have been selected by the 'managing authorities' (i.e. a national, regional or local public authority or public/private body) responsible for implementing cohesion policy at a regional or national level. This does not necessarily imply that implementation is actually underway, nor that payments have been made to the project holders on the ground.

 

    Background

    Millions of Europeans and hundreds of thousands of enterprises benefit from the cohesion policy programmes. Through its three funds - the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the European Social Fund (ESF), and the Cohesion Fund, the EU will invest 347 billion euro in 2007-2013 in the 27 Member States. This represents 35% of the total EU budget for the same period (975 billion euro).

    Further information MEMO/10/115

    More information on strategic reporting

    http://ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/policy/reporting/index_en.htm

    and link  to the UK national strategic report

    http://ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/policy/reporting/document/uk_strategic_report.pdf

    More information on European cohesion policy:

    http://ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/index_en.htm (European Regional Development Fund and Cohesion Fund)

    http://ec.europa.eu/esf (European Social Fund)

    Audiovisual material on projects and people supported by the European Social Fund

    http://ec.europa.eu/employment_social/esf/video/videos_en.htm

     

    ANNEX I

    Global progress by Member State in selecting projects

    MS

    Programme volumes - EU contribution (euro)

    EU amount allocated to selected projects (euro)

    %

    AT

    1.204.478.581

    247.155.550

    20,5 %

    BE

    2.063.500.766

    1.260.898.467

    61,1 %

    BG

    6.673.628.244

    1.348.913.250

    20,2 %

    CB[1]

    7.815.224.954

    1.882.310.420

    24,1 %

    CY

    612.434.992

    258.686.686

    42,3 %

    CZ

    26.302.604.484

    5.615.772.516

    21,6 %

    DE[2]

    25.488.616.290

    4.919.757.173

    19,3 %

    DK

    509.577.239

    153.011.045

    30,0 %

    EE

    3.403.459.881

    1.779.726.718

    52,3 %

    ES

    34.657.733.981

    10.099.811.458

    29,1 %

    FI

    1.595.966.044

    505.746.852

    31,7 %

    FR

    13.449.221.051

    3.501.386.380

    26,0 %

    EL

    20.210.261.445

    2.400.948.542

    11,9 %

    HU

    24.921.148.600

    11.541.360.316

    46,3 %

    IE

    750.724.742

    388.568.643

    51,8 %

    IT

    27.965.315.403

    10.633.897.198

    38,0 %

    LT

    6.775.492.823

    2.396.316.031

    35,4 %

    LU

    50.487.332

    14.460.188 

    28,6%

    LV

    4.530.447.634

    1.673.017.721

    36,9 %

    MT

    840.123.051

    409.452.037

    48,7 %

    NL

    1.660.002.737

    926.353.744

    55,8 %

    PL

    65.221.852.992

    12.682.948.883

    19,5 %

    PT

    21.411.560.512

    8.136.196.969

    38,0 %

    RO

    19.213.036.712

    2.711.947.484

    14,1 %

    SE

    1.626.091.888

    787.989.893

    48,5 %

    SI

    4.101.048.636

    1.731.582.355

    42,2 %

    SK

    11.360.619.950

    2.106.256.613

    18,6 %

    UK

    9.890.937.463

    3.482.870.901

    35,2 %

    Total

    344.305.598.427

    93.444.474.921

    27,1 %

     

     

     

     

    DE

    2009 allocations

    3.636.194.313

     

    Total

     

    97.080.669.234

    28,2 %

    NB – Six MS (DE, EE, EL, ES, FR, SI) have provided their data on allocation to selected projects at dates other than 30/09/09. This fact should be carefully taken into consideration when making comparative analysis of the Annexes. It is recommended to compare MS progress to the EU average rather than making direct comparison between MS.

    For more information, please contact the London press office on 020 7973 1971.


    [1]               CB = Cross Border or European Territorial Cooperation programme allocations.

    [2]               DE has reported 3.6bn € allocated to selected operations in 2009. It was not in a position to provide a thematic breakdown.

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