Evaluation of EU cohesion policy helps to:
- Improve the effectiveness and efficiency of programmes
- Provide information about the impacts of cohesion policy
Evaluation of cohesion policy is undertaken on a partnership basis, with Member States responsible for ex ante evaluation and the European Commission for ex post evaluation.
The European Commission:
- Communicates the main achievements of cohesion policy.
- Produces during the 2014-2020 period annual summary reports and Strategic reports in 2017 and 2019.
- Publishes the evaluations undertaken by the Commission and Member States.
- Provides guidance on the evaluation of EU cohesion policy, as well as broader issues linked to the evaluation of socio-economic development.
- Coordinates exchanges of experience on evaluation.