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A presentation by the European Commission on the draft legislative package and Common Strategic Framework

A presentation by the European Commission on the draft legislative package and Common Strategic Framework

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  • 1. EU Structural funds 2014 -2020: the draft legislative package & Common Strategic FrameworkBACK TO THE FUTURECurrent experiences & future perspectives: Civil Societyengagement in the EU structural funds27/04/2012Dirk ReyntjensDG Employment, social affairs and inclusion
  • 2. Legislative package• The General Regulation Common provisions for cohesion policy, the rural development policy and the maritime and fisheries policy Common provisions for cohesion policy only (ERDF, CF, ESF)• Fund specific regulations for ERDF; CF and ESF • ETC regulation• EGTC regulation
  • 3. Guiding political principles of the reform• Concentration on Europe 2020 Strategy• Focus on results• Better coordination and harmonisation between the funds• Simplification for beneficiaries
  • 4. Coverage and budget• Three categories of regions • Less developed regions (GDP per capita < 75% of EU average) • Transition regions (GDP per capita between 75% and 90%) • More developed regions (GDP per capita > 90%) • Budget • 336 billion: of this • 255 billion for the Investment for growth and jobs
  • 5. ESF - minimum shares• At least 25% of the Cohesion envelope for the ESF  € 84 billion • (25% for the less developed regions, 40% for the transition regions and 52% for the more developed regions)• Why? • Important contribution to the Europe 2020 strategy and 3 of its headline targets on employment, education and poverty reduction • Key factor for medium term growth (OECD) • Expression of European solidarity In 2011, 16 million people were reached out
  • 6. Strengthening the Strategic Approach Common Strategic FrameworkCode ofConduct Partnership Agreement Operational Programmes
  • 7. Integration and Synergies• Programming • The Common Strategic Framework at EU level and the Partnership Agreement at national level covering all five CSF Funds • Possibility for Member States to prepare and implement multi-fund programmes combining ERDF, ESF and the Cohesion Fund• Tools • Possibility to finance operations from more than one fund • Integrated territorial investment • Community-led local development ! Complexity • Joint Action Plans
  • 8. Conditionality• Ex ante conditionality • Conditions to be fulfilled prior to submission of PA & OPs • Directly related to the investment priorities or horizontal conditions of effectiveness • Self-assessment carried out by MS • Non-fulfillment constitutes a basis for suspension of interim payments• Reinforced macroeconomic conditionality for the funds • Closer link between cohesion policy and the economic governance of the Union
  • 9. A focus on results• Performance framework and reserve• Indicators: • Fund Specific Common • Programme Specific Indicators• Evaluation: • Ex-ante • Evaluation during the programming period • Ex-post evaluation by the Commission• Tools: • Joint Action Plans • Strategic programming
  • 10. Specific provisions for the ESF
  • 11. Scope 18 Investment priorities ESF contribution to the other in 4 thematic thematic objectives notably: objectives 3. Supporting an3. Promoting employment environmentally sustainable and supporting labour economy (low carbon…) mobility 5. Enhancing the accessibility,5. Promoting social inclusion use and quality of ICT and combating poverty 7. Strengthening research and7. Investing in education, innovation skills and lifelong learning 9. Enhancing the9. Enhancing institutional competitiveness of small and and administrative medium-sized enterprises capacities
  • 12. Programming logic EU 2020 Thematic objectives Investment priorities National, regional and local needs Actions
  • 13. Thematic concentrationLESS TRANSITION MOREDEVELOPED REGIONS DEVELOPEDREGIONS REGIONS60% OP budget 70% OP budget 80% OP budgeton 4 investment on 4 investment on 4 investmentpriorities priorities priorities 20% ESF budget on Social Inclusion / poverty reduction
  • 14. Strong involvement of social partners and NGOsReinforced provisions on partnership in the CPRSpecific provisions in the ESF regulationPossibility to involve social partners and NGOs throughglobal grantsIn the less developed regions or in the MS eligible forthe Cohesion Fund: • appropriate amount of ESF resources to be allocated to capacity-building activities and to activities jointly undertaken by social partners • appropriate amount of ESF resources to be allocated to capacity-building of NGOs
  • 15. Gender equality and non-discriminationIn the general regulation• Mainstreaming the principle for equality between men and women and non-discriminationIn the ESF regulation• Obligation to plan specific targeted actions for equality between men and women and non- discrimination (dedicated investment priorities)
  • 16. Transnationality and Social Innovation• A clear requirement for Member States • The ESF shall promote social innovation • MS shall support transnational cooperation• A large range of freedom for Member States in the choice of themes• Strengthening the role of the Commission as facilitator
  • 17. Reinforcing the territorial approachPossibility to continue ESF support to local employmentinitiatives, territorial employment pacts…Integrated approach to community-led local development • Facilitates integrated investment by small communities including local authorities, NGOs, and economic and social partners • Can be financed jointly from ERDF, ESF, EAFRD and EMFFPossible support of sustainable urban developmentstrategies • At least 5% of the ERDF resources to be allocated to integrated actions for sustainable urban development • The ESF may complement the ERDF for the actions falling under its scope
  • 18. Specific provisions for financial management• Eligibility of expenditure: equipment is eligible• Simplified cost options : • obligatory for small projects • higher ceiling for lump sums • more legal security provided• Financial instruments
  • 19. European Social Fund 2014 - 2020 Thank you very much for your attention! More information: