About the SRSP
The Structural Reform Support Programme (SRSP) is an EU programme that provides tailor-made technical support to all EU countries for their institutional, administrative and growth-enhancing reforms. The SRSP support covers the entire reform process, from preparation and design to implementation of the reforms. It is demand driven and does not require co-financing from EU countries. The SRSP is coordinated by the European Commission's Directorate-General for Structural Reform Support.
As of January 2021, the mandate of the Structural Reform Support Programme will be taken over by the Technical Support Instrument (TSI), its successor programme in the 2021-2027 Multiannual Financial Framework.
SRSP support for reform
- starts with a request for support from an EU country
- is tailor-made to address the country's needs
- provides a unique combination of expertise (from the European Commission, EU countries, international organisations and/or the private sector)
- strengthens the capacity of an EU country to design and implement reforms
- requires no co-financing
€222.8 million over the period 2017-2020
Types of support
EU countries wishing to request SRSP support can do so to implement:
- reforms undertaken at their own initiative
- economic adjustment programmes
- growth-sustaining reforms in the context of EU economic governance (e.g. Country-Specific Recommendations under the European Semester and implementation of EU law)
How does it work?
An EU country wishing to receive technical support submits a request to the Commission, via a national Coordinating Authority. This request must be submitted by 31 October of each year.
The Commission analyses requests received and enters into dialogue with the national Coordinating Authorities to assess the country' specific needs and the options to support design and implementation of the reforms.
Support may be provided directly through the Commission’s in-house expertise or with other providers of technical support:
- experts from national administrations
- international organisations
- private firms and consultancies
- individual experts from the private sector
TAIEX-SRSP Peer 2 Peer is an instrument managed in cooperation with the Directorate General for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR) to implement part of the SRSP of DG REFORM. The instrument allows experts from national administrations to exchange expertise through expert missions, study visits and workshops.
The instrument is only available for projects selected under the SRSP.
Reform areas covered
- Governance and public administration
- Tax revenue and public financial management
- Growth and business environment
- Labour market, health and social services
- Financial sector and access to finance
Project in the spotlight
Each month, the European Commission chooses a project to be its ‘project in the spotlight’. The featured projects, from different policy areas and in different countries, are selected on the basis of effective implementation, promising results on the ground as well as a potential to be replicated across the EU. In this way, the Commission seeks to encourage best practices.
For December 2020, we feature a recent project in which the European Commission helped the Flanders Investment and Trade agency (FIT) become an artificial intelligence (AI)-ready organisation that can master modern technologies, modernise its services to businesses, and enhance its efficiency using modern technologies. As a result of the project, FIT has started implementing the recommendations in an ambitious way. With an enhanced importance of digitalisation in the recovery, this project is an example that can be used to encourage other EU Member States to take inspiration from.
Please see the video below to find out more about the project.
The dedicated news item is available here.
Examples of projects
So far, more than 1000 reform projects have been supported in 27 Member States. These include:
- improving the operational capacity and efficiency of public administrations
- modernising public financial management
- reforming tax administrations
- developing the digital economy
- achieving climate and energy goals
- attracting foreign direct investment
- reforming education systems
- improving financing opportunities under the Capital-Markets-Union initiative
- improving the efficiency of dealing with non-performing loans
Main contact point for EU countries:
For more on the SRSP:
Directorate General for Structural Reform Support: REFORM-SRSP@ec.europa.eu
Entities implementing EU funds under indirect management:
- GIZ – Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH
- European Bank for Reconstruction and Development