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  • 1. EU COMMON STRATEGIC FRAMEWORK FUNDS IN ENGLAND 2014-2020 GOVERNMENT PROPOSALS 7 DECEMBER 2012
  • 2. HMG’s OBJECTIVES FOR TODAY Present the Government’s latest thinking for an EU Common Strategic Framework (CSF) Funds delivery model and get feedback from you to inform its further development Listen to your views Understand from you your plans and aspirations for how to use the CSF Funds
  • 3. 2012 EU BUDGET (commitments) €147.2 billion = 1.12% of EU gross national income Citizens, freedom, security and justice 1% The EU as a global player: including development aid Administration 6% 6% Natural Sustainable growth: resources: Jobs, competitiveness,Agriculture & regional developmentenvironment 46%: 41% of which STRUCTURAL FUNDS 36% (€53 bn)
  • 4. ‘ALLOCATED’ TO THE UK: STRUCTURAL FUNDS, RURAL DEVELOPMENT & FISHERIES FUNDSEUROPEAN REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT FUND (£2.8 bn 2007-2013 England) Innovation and knowledge based economy (incl commercialisation of research and technology transfer) Stimulating enterprise and supporting SMEs Sustainable Development & low carbon technologies Building sustainable communities – incl regeneration10 programmes in England managed by DCLG (previously RDAs)EUROPEAN SOCIAL FUND (£2.5 bn 2007-2013 for England) Helping unemployed and inactive people into work (especially disadvantaged groups such as ex-offenders, young people NEET and unskilled people) Improving workforce skills and redundancy support1 English programme managed by DWP
  • 5. ‘ALLOCATED’ TO THE UK (continued): STRUCTURAL FUNDS, RURAL DEVELOPMENT & FISHERIES FUNDSEUROPEAN AGRICULTURAL FUND FOR RURAL DEVELOPMENT (£3.7bn 2007-2013 for England)Improving the environment and countryside; Improving the competitiveness of the agricultural and forestry sector ; Quality of life in rural areas and diversification of the rural economy. One English programme / DEFRA.EUROPEAN FISHERIES FUND (£40m for England in 2007-2013)Smart, green fisheries (to address discards); aquaculture businesses ; coastal communities dependent on fishing. 1 UK programme / DEFRA.
  • 6. CHANGING TIMES - NEGOTIATIONS FOR 2014-2020 - Economic landscape : recession & Eurozone crisis EU budget & Structural Funds in particular :  Increased focus on driving the EU forward vs global competitors : EU 2020 (external)  Concentration of EU investment on top drivers of EU growth and jobs & delivering UK National Reform Programme  More flexibility to align EU funds to increase impact (regional, social, rural and fisheries)  Streamlining red tape
  • 7. WHAT’S HAPPENED SO FAR…… Informal consultation (April 2012) Bespoke events for specific audiences eg. universities, local authorities, voluntary sector, fund specific management committees, etc (Spring-Autumn 2012) Development of an initial delivery model and Ministerial discussion (November 2012) Road testing the approach (today!) Refining the model for formal consultation 2013
  • 8. WHAT YOU HAVE TOLD US SO FAR Preference for place based programmes with flexible geographies Any approach must be responsive to local need and national priorities Simplification of fund management Integrated programming, in particular in relation to the Structural Funds (ERDF and ESF) Better co-ordination of match-funding & co-financing across the public sector
  • 9. GROWTH PROGRAMME THEMESTop priorities Research, technological development and innovation – esp. commercialisation Raising SME competitiveness – esp re exports Shift to low-carbon economy – esp energy efficiency & renewable technologies Employment & skills (inc. social inclusion)Other objectives Climate change adaptation, risk prevention & management Environmental protection & resource efficiency Sustainable transport and removing network bottlenecks Access to & use of ICT
  • 10. GROWTH PROGRAMME ORGANISING PRINCIPLES Complex EU funds packaged as a coherent Variable and consistent geographies programme National and local priorities Local decision aligned BETTER FOCUS making and drive HIGHER IMPACT A single set of INCREASED Common standards targets and milestones across GROWTH and transparent England accountabilities EU regulatory Lower cost & requirements met simplifies and financial risk administration minimised
  • 11. PROPOSED DELIVERY ARRANGEMENTS Maritime Rural andGrowth Programme Development Fisheries (ERDF, ESF & EAFRD) Programme Programme (EAFRD) (EMFF) Community Led Local Development, including Leader and FLAGs Projects
  • 12. GROWTH PROGRAMME An “EU Growth Programme” to be financed by ERDF and ESF with a contribution from EAFRD A single “EU Growth Programme Board” incorporating a joint Programme Managing Committee for ESF and ERDF LEPs to be the fundamental building blocks receiving a 7 year notional allocation subject to periodic performance reviews LEPs to identify their preferred EU investment prospectus as part of their wider growth strategy, for agreement by the Growth Board. LEPs will not take on project delivery accountabilities, however but retain a strategic oversight role in cooperation with local partners. Government departmental teams to work as “CSF Area Growth Teams” to support LEPs in their strategic role. All final funding decisions to be dependant upon due diligence by fund Managing Authorities. National co-financing initiatives to take account of local needs ‘ITIs’ may be an option in a limited number of places - where this arrangement will deliver better value, higher impact results.
  • 13. GROWTH PROGRAMME: A SIMPLER SYSTEM Greater alignment of eligibility rules for projects across the country Improved and harmonised guidance to applicants Managing authority to ‘hide the wiring’ where projects draw on more than one fund
  • 14. RURAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME Securing environmental benefits Boosting the competitiveness and growth of agriculture and forestry sector Strengthening rural communities
  • 15. MARITIME AND FISHERIES PROGRAMME Smart, Green Fisheries  tackle fish ‘discards’  fisheries which are less damaging to the marine environment and support innovation Smart, Green Aquaculture Sustainable Development of Fisheries Areas  reverse the decline of communities dependent on fishing
  • 16. EU PRIORITIES Europe 2020: “smart, sustainable and inclusive growth” National Reform Programme  Commercialise new technologies  Finance SMEs  Invest in low carbon power, infrastructure and new ‘green’ markets  Address NEETs & higher/intermediate skills gaps Common Strategic Framework  Align CSF funds to improve coherence, impact, efficiency and effectiveness Thematic Concentration  80% ERDF for innovation, SMEs, low carbon (ICT?) - except Cornwall (tbc)  20% ESF &ERDF for social inclusion (tbc) Commission position paper for the UK – 6 December
  • 17. IDEAS INTO REALITY : CSF NEGOTIATIONS PROCESS Informal Ministers Formal Develop programmes consultation agree consultation domestic delivery Develop UK CSF negotiating Identify, develop and test policy options Go live positionsEU Commission tests & UK negotiates with other EU countries, European Parliament and launches Commission proposals Develop UK EU budget UK negotiates EU budget negotiating positions EU - Eurozone crisis; downward pressure on EU budget; upward pressure on CSF funds to deliver results UK – pressure to drive high impact growth; localism; city deals; CSR; ministerial change & elections
  • 18. WHAT DO YOU THINK?!