CHANGING TIMES Economic landscape Concentration of EU investment on top drivers of EU growth & delivering UK National Reform Plan Focus on results More flexibility to align EU funds to increase impact (regional, social, rural and fisheries) Simplification
4Thematic ObjectivesCommon Strategic Framework Funds1. Innovation and R&D2. ICT: improving access, quality and usage3. SME’s: improving competitiveness, including in the agricultural and aquaculture sectors4. Shift to a low carbon economy5. Climate change adaptation and risk management6. Environmental Protection and resource efficiency7. Sustainable transport and unblocking key networks8. Employment and labour mobility9. Social Inclusion and fighting poverty10. Education, skills and lifelong learning11. Improving Institutional Capacity (Technical Assistance and capacity building)
Specific Provision for ESF_ SCOPE18 investment priorities ESF contribution to thein 4 Thematic Objectives other thematic1.Employment and Labour objectivesMobility 1.Low Carbon2.Social Inclusion andCombatting Poverty (min. 2.Enhancing accessibility,20% at UK level) use and quality of ICT3.Education, Skills andLifelong learning 3.Research and Innovation4.Institutional andAdministrative Capacity 4.SME Competitiveness
EUROPEAN COMMISSION’s UK PRIORITIES – STRUCTURAL FUNDS - Increasing R&D spend & ‘localising’ impact of national investment Improving access to finance for SMEs More renewable energy NEETS / youth unemployment; marginalised groups into employment Higher level skills Official Launch 6 December
7 UK Partnership Agreement• A business plan for the CSF Funds in 2014-20 providing clear line of site between Europe 2020 and Programmes.• Sets out: – the rationale for the activities we will focus on in the UK; – the targets for measuring our success; and – the Programmes and their allocations including how the Funds can best be integrated• Separate chapters covering the Devolved Administrations.
8UK Partnership Agreement:Content Subject To European Commission ApprovalArrangements to ensure alignment with Europe 2020: analysis of disparities, development needs and growth potential (TOs, territorial disparities, NRPs, CSR); ex-ante evaluations key findings (with justification of selection of TOs and allocations; list of selected TOs and expected results; indicative allocations by TOs at national level for each of the CSF funds; number of OPs for ESF and ERDF & EARFRD and EMFF.Arrangements to ensure effective implementation: Compliance with the rules on additionality; timetable for fulfilment of ex-ante conditionalities; performance framework
9UK Partnership Agreement:Content Not Subject To European Commission Approval An integrated approach (es) to territorial development supported by CSF funds: National/regional coordination between the CSF funds, Financial Instruments, other Union and national funding instruments; implementation arrangements for CLLD and Local Development Strategies; Integrated Territorial Investment; priority areas for cooperation; integrated approach to address needs of areas affected by poverty OR target groups at high risk of exclusion; summary of actions to involve partners. Arrangements to ensure efficient implementation of the CSF Funds at OP level: Needs assessment for reinforcement of capacity (authorities and beneficiaries) Action to reduce administrative burden for beneficiaries Assessment of existing Electronic Data Exchange
10 10Partnership Agreement:Next Steps •Developed at national level with close involvement of partners – Informal consultation for England just closed, Government response published end June • Around 187 responses received • Respondents were local authorities, universities, civil society, Local Enterprise Partnerships, business representatives – Partnership Team working with stakeholders to understand further what is required. – Formal consultation first half 2013
11Key messages from informal consultation:•Integrated and aligned programmes•Reduced administrative burden•Flexible programme boundaries•Place-based programmes•Fresh thinking on match funding
12Road shows Nov-Dec 2012Purpose:•present ‘direction of travel’ in terms of delivery models•Stakeholders’ views important•Opportunity to discuss what should be delivered with the CSF fundsNext steps:2013: Formal consultation on UKPA (Spring); Ops developed;Regulations (late 13); negotiations of PA and Ops with Commission.Mid 2014 (?): Programme start
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