Ex post evaluation of major projects in the environmental sector financed by the ERDF and the Cohesion Fund 2000-2013 (2020)

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The objective of this ex post evaluation is to analyse the long-term contribution to economic development, quality of life and environmental sustainability of major projects in the environment sector co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) or the Cohesion Fund (CF) during the 2000-2006 or 2007-2013 programming periods. This will contribute to the wider effort engaged by the Commission to undertake ex post evaluation of Cohesion Policy.

Ten major projects have been selected from a shortlist provided by the ToR of 30 investments financed in the abovementioned programming periods. The major projects are located in ten different Member States and can be grouped in three sectors: water supply and sanitation (including wastewater treatment), solid waste management and environment remediation, protection and risk prevention. They are:

 Water supply and sanitation, including wastewater treatment:

  • Sofia integrated water project (Bulgaria)
  • Malta South sewage treatment plant (Malta)
  • Sochaczew sewage management (Poland)
  • Craiova sewerage network (Romania)
  • Water supply and sewerage system (Croatia)
  • Favara di Burgio aqueduct (Italy)
  • Aguilas desalination plant (Spain)

Solid waste management:

  • Purchase of a multifunctional ship (Estonia)
  • Waste management centre Celje (Slovenia)

Environment remediation, protection and risk prevention:

  • Sète-Marseillan lido protection (France)

Overall, these cases represent more than EUR 684 million of investment, including EUR 302 million of co-funding by the ERDF and CF. They were chosen on the basis of a set of criteria including strategic relevance, availability and quality of data as well as the willingness of stakeholders to cooperate. In the final selection care was taken to ensure a certain geographical/sectoral coverage. The rationale behind the selection was not to identify the most statistically representative projects, but to consider ten illustrative examples that can deliver interesting insights and policy lessons on the possible long-term effects of projects and on the causal chain leading to those effects.

  • Executive summary PDF de en fr
  • Staff working document: Ex post evaluation of major projects in environment financed by the European Regional Development Fund and the Cohesion Fund between 2000 and 2013 PDF en

Reference documents from the external evaluation study:

  • Terms of reference: Part 1 PDF en
  • Inception report PDF en
  • Case Studies:
    • Integrated water project in Sofia city, Bulgaria PDF Integrated water project in Sofia city, Bulgaria
    • Construction of a new desalination plant and enlargement of an existing desalination plant in Águilas, Spain PDF Construction of a new desalination plant and enlargement of an existing desalination plant in Águilas, Spain
    • A multifunctional ship to tackle marine pollution, Estonia PDF A multifunctional ship to tackle marine pollution, Estonia
    • Protection and sustainable organisation of the Lido from Sete to Marseillan, France PDF Protection and sustainable organisation of the Lido from Sete to Marseillan, France
    • Water supply and sewerage system with wastewater treatment plant for Slavonski Brod, Croatia PDF  Water supply and sewerage system with wastewater treatment plant for Slavonski Brod, Croatia
    • South wastewater treatment infrastructure, Malta PDF South wastewater treatment infrastructure, Malta
    • Improvement of sewage management in the city of Sochaczew - stage I, Poland PDF Improvement of sewage management in the city of Sochaczew - stage I, Poland
    • Craiova city, rehabilitation of sewerage network and wastewater treatment facilities to protect the River Danube, Romania PDF Craiova city, rehabilitation of sewerage network and wastewater treatment facilities to protect the River Danube, Romania
    • Regional waste management centre Celje – phase II – mechanic biological and thermal treatment of municipal waste, Slovenia PDF Regional waste management centre Celje – phase II – mechanic biological and thermal treatment of municipal waste, Slovenia
    • Pilot case studies: Italy - Romania PDF Pilot case studies: Italy - Romania
  • Final report PDF en