The impact of cohesion policy 2007-2013: model simulations with Quest III - Final Report - WORK PACKAGE 14a Ex post evaluation of Cohesion Policy programmes 2007-2013, focusing on the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Cohesion Fund (CF)

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Date : 25/05/2016

This report provides an assessment of the programmes implemented under EU cohesion and rural development policies during the programming period 2007-2013. The impacts of these programmes at country level, and on the EU economy, are analysed based on a set of simulations conducted with QUEST III, a model developed by the Directorate General for Economic and Financial Affairs of the European Commission.

Overall, this analysis indicates that the policies for cohesion and rural development yield high value for money. As expected from policies aimed at supporting long-term sustainable development, the impact on GDP per euro invested increases steadily over time. Furthermore, the results indicate that the Union efforts to allocate resources to these policies generate a common benefit for all the members of the EU, especially in the medium and long run.

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Evaluations of the 2007-2013 programming period