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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.