Post 2013 Euro funding programmes

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Post 2013 Euro funding programmes

  1. 1. European Structural Funds:2014 -2020Rob HalfordWales European Funding Office
  2. 2. Content:- Parameters / Expectations- Planning Process- Priorities
  3. 3. Commission Expectations • Delivery on Policies: Europe 2020,Flagship Initiatives etc. • Links to EU policy Strategic Architecture • Integration of funds. Domestically (ERDF, ESF, EAFRD, EMFF) and EU delivered (Horizon 2020, Connecting Europe, LIFE+) • Stronger focus on performance and achieving outcomes and results. • Clear intervention logic • Use of stronger (contractual) conditions i.e. sanctions for missing agreed specific targets in programme. • Concentration of resources on fewer activities.Ewrop & Chymru: Ewrop & Chymru: Buddsoddi yn eich dyfodol Buddsoddi yn eichDyfodol Europe & Wales: Investing in your future Europe and Wales: Investing in your future
  4. 4. SMART Thematic Objectives • strengthening research, technological development and innovation; • enhancing access to, and use and quality of, information & communication technologies; • enhancing the competitiveness of SMEs, the agricultural sector (EAFRD) and the fisheries / aquaculture sector (EMFF); SUSTAINABLE • supporting the shift towards a low-carbon economy in all sectors; • promoting climate change adaptation, risk prevention and management; • protecting the environment and promoting resource efficiency; • promoting sustainable transport and removing bottlenecks in key network infrastructures; INCLUSIVE • promoting employment and supporting labour mobility; • promoting social inclusion and combating poverty; • investing in education, skills and lifelong learning; • enhancing institutional capacity and an efficient public administrationEwrop & Chymru: Ewrop & Chymru: Buddsoddi yn eich dyfodol Buddsoddi yn eichDyfodol Europe & Wales: Investing in your future Europe and Wales: Investing in your future
  5. 5. Investment Focus: ERDF Commission’s Draft Regulations puts clear focus on: •Research & Innovation •Energy efficiency & Renewable Energy, •SME competitiveness Concentration of ERDF resources on the above themes: •80% in more developed and transition regions (EW) •50% of resources in less developed regions (WWV) •Remaining resources must be applied to themes in Commission listEwrop & Chymru: Ewrop & Chymru: Buddsoddi yn eich dyfodol Buddsoddi yn eichDyfodol Europe & Wales: Investing in your future Europe and Wales: Investing in your future
  6. 6. Investment Focus: ESF ESF draft regulations also focus on Europe 2020 goals: • Promoting employment and supporting labour mobility • Investing in education, skills and life-long learning • Promoting social inclusion and combating poverty – min. 20% of ESF • Enhancing institutional capacity and efficient public administration • Greater emphasis on fighting youth unemployment • Strengthened provision for transnational co-operation, social innovation, gender equality and equal opportunities.Ewrop & Chymru: Ewrop & Chymru: Buddsoddi yn eich dyfodol Buddsoddi yn eichDyfodol Europe & Wales: Investing in your future Europe and Wales: Investing in your future
  7. 7. Planning Process:We must all face up to the challenge of making tough choicesabout how and where we should invest resources. Resourcescannot be spread thinly across a broad range of interventions.We need to invest in areas which have genuine potential totransform our economic prospects…...A whole-Governmentapproach is needed to integrate interventions to deliverrealistically on our ambitions. Deputy Minister’s Oral Statement 8 May 2012
  8. 8. Next Steps: Welsh Government Guiding Principles • Creation of sustainable jobs and growth: facilitating role of business. • Balance between greater thematic concentration and more effective spatial targeting- essentially greater concentration in fewer geographic areas- to maximise impact. • Alignment of programmes with relevant Welsh Government strategies and policies. • Contribution to a transformational impact on the Welsh economy. • Ensure sustainability of future investments: clear exit strategies, takes account of role of private sector, building social resilience etc. • Demonstrate clear added value and based on sound evidence.Ewrop & Chymru: Ewrop & Chymru: Buddsoddi yn eich dyfodol Buddsoddi yn eichDyfodol Europe & Wales: Investing in your future Europe and Wales: Investing in your future
  9. 9. Structural Fund: Proposed Priorities and Cross Cutting Themes ERDF ESF• SME Cross-Cutting • Young People Themes Competitiveness• R&D and • Employment • Sustainable Innovation Development• Infrastructure • Skills • Tackling Poverty• Energy • Equal Opportunities EAFRD & EMFF Rural and Fisheries Ewrop & Chymru: Buddsoddi yn eich dyfodol Europe & Wales: Investing in your future
  10. 10. ‘Presumption Against’: • General Business support and grant-based business support - other than for R&D or targeted interventions. • Primary or ‘blue-skies’ research. • Engagement and support measures where support could restrict the ability of the private or third sectors to operate. • Labour market interventions that are more social in nature with little prospect of outcomes that enhance employability. • Managed access to countryside and coast and initiatives developing the natural , historic or cultural environment. • Building more integrated and effective public services. (Not an exhaustive list)Ewrop & Chymru: Ewrop & Chymru: Buddsoddi yn eich dyfodol Buddsoddi yn eichDyfodol Europe & Wales: Investing in your future Europe and Wales: Investing in your future
  11. 11. Planning the new Programmes: Partner Engagement • European Programmes Partnership Forum (2014-2020) • Key mechanism for partnership engagement – all sectors represented. • Workstreams • Development of detail for Operational Programmes, Evaluation, Delivery and Compliance, and Territorial Co-Operation. • Public Consultation: • Two stage process – ‘direction then detail’ • Reflection Exercise – 80 responses – informed Ministerial Statement on Principles and Priorities (8th May 2012) • Formal consultation on the detailed content of the Operational Programmes - early 2013.Ewrop & Chymru: Ewrop & Chymru: Buddsoddi yn eich dyfodol Buddsoddi yn eichDyfodol Europe & Wales: Investing in your future Europe and Wales: Investing in your future
  12. 12. EU Negotiation of Budget / Regulations Planning Process Publish draft Publish Agreement regulations & draft of Financial draft financial Common Perspective perspective Strategic and budget Agreement of Structural (2014-2020?) Framework Negotiations allocations Fund Regulations 2011 2012 2013 2014 First meeting Early Detailed Public Negotiation of Begin of Post-2013 programme programme consultation Operational programme Partnership development development on draft Programmes implementation Forum & consultation documents Establish workstreams WEFO key stages / milestonesEwrop & Chymru: Ewrop & Chymru: Buddsoddi yn eich dyfodol Buddsoddi yn eichDyfodol Europe & Wales: Investing in your future Europe and Wales: Investing in your future
  13. 13. New EU Programmes: Priorities
  14. 14. Structural Fund: Proposed Priorities and Cross Cutting Themes ERDF ESF• SME Cross-Cutting • Young People Themes Competitiveness• R&D and • Employment • Sustainable Innovation Development• Infrastructure • Skills • Tackling Poverty• Energy • Equal Opportunities EAFRD & EMFF Rural and Fisheries Ewrop & Chymru: Buddsoddi yn eich dyfodol Europe & Wales: Investing in your future
  15. 15. ERDF - SME Competitiveness Aim: Business growth and jobs • Core performance indicators: New businesses created; and New jobs created. • Regulatory Restrictions: only SMEs eligible • Commission expectations: use of loans and equity vehicles; more targeted and focussed support; clear focus on improving access to finance • Rationale: – SMEs key source of private-sector employment, – comparatively low levels of entrepreneurship in Wales, – management skills and experience; business innovation; access to finance; effective networks are barriers to growth – Evidence on the economic benefits of direct support to businesses by government is mixed. – Businesses are best placed to advise other businesses.Ewrop & Chymru: Ewrop & Chymru: Buddsoddi yn eich dyfodol Buddsoddi yn eichDyfodol Europe & Wales: Investing in your future Europe and Wales: Investing in your future
  16. 16. ERDF – Research and Innovation Aim: address productivity gap: increased capacity and attract funding for research and innovation; embedding a culture of innovation; and increasing the economic exploitation of R&I • Core performance indicators: R&D jobs created; Enterprises introducing new / improved products; Private investment induced; Enterprises co- operating with Research Institutions. • Regulatory restrictions: State Aid issues with larger organisations • Commission expectations: clear link to economic outcomes; smart specialisation; focus on Grand societal challenges. • Rationale: – Exploitation of new technologies and research, and networking, of critical importance in boosting productivity. – Greater specialisation and focus on world-class excellence is required to remain competitive for increasingly over-subscribed UK, EU and global research funds. – Access to finance remains the main barrier for innovative businesses.Ewrop & Chymru: Ewrop & Chymru: Buddsoddi yn eich dyfodol Buddsoddi yn eichDyfodol Europe & Wales: Investing in your future Europe and Wales: Investing in your future
  17. 17. ERDF: Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency • Aim: address climate change objectives and support the development of a low-Carbon economy and green jobs. • Core performance indicators: jobs created; renewable energy generated; users connected to smart grids. • Regulatory restrictions: renewable energy only; only existing housing for energy efficiency; issues of State Aid and where Government schemes exist (e.g. feed-in tariffs, Green Deal). • Commission expectations: consideration of planning issues • Rationale: – Strong case on environmental and economic grounds – immediate job impacts of energy efficiency investments deliver and longer term gains through renewable energy generation, research, and demonstration. – Natural resources and existing expertiseEwrop & Chymru: Ewrop & Chymru: Buddsoddi yn eich dyfodol Buddsoddi yn eichDyfodol Europe & Wales: Investing in your future Europe and Wales: Investing in your future
  18. 18. ERDF –Infrastructure • Aim: improved environment for business creation and growth through: better connections for business and employment; completion of digital networks; strategic infrastructure to drive economic development • Core performance indicators: new jobs created; km road / rail created / improved; increase in use of supported transport; population covered by broadband • Regulatory restrictions: roads need to be linked to TEN-T networks • Commission expectations: very limited infrastructure in UK; addressing “bottlenecks”, “sustainable” transport; urban congestion • Rationale: – Peripherality has major impacts on levels of productivity – Need for other components of growth other than transport – ICT infrastructure essential for growth – Mixed evidence of the economic impact of regenerationEwrop & Chymru: Ewrop & Chymru: Buddsoddi yn eich dyfodol Buddsoddi yn eichDyfodol Europe & Wales: Investing in your future Europe and Wales: Investing in your future
  19. 19. ESF – Skills • Aim: to invest in skills as a driver of productivity and growth, tackling identified skills gaps, supporting progression in employment • Rationale: – Basic skills requirements remain including as a pathway to higher skills – Higher levels of qualification are associated with higher levels of employment and higher wages. – Higher skilled jobs set to increase, lower skills jobs set to decrease – Skills development of a workforce offers employer flexibility and adaptability – Skills development can facilitate career progression and help address in- work povertyEwrop & Chymru: Ewrop & Chymru: Buddsoddi yn eich dyfodol Buddsoddi yn eichDyfodol Europe & Wales: Investing in your future Europe and Wales: Investing in your future
  20. 20. ESF – Young People Aim: To address rising levels of youth unemployment and tackle poverty, inclusion and disadvantage through investing in the development of children and the education, training and employment of young people. Rationale Significant impact of economic downturn on youth employment. More competitive labour market – with people working longer. Early interventions can help prevent individuals becoming NEET. Possible Themes: 1 Early Years – Improving the life chances of children from early years. 2 Youth Attainment and Engagement- increasing skills and educational attainment amongst young people 3. Youth Employment - supporting the progression of young people ( up to age 25) into employmentEwrop & Chymru: Ewrop & Chymru: Buddsoddi yn eich dyfodol Buddsoddi yn eichDyfodol Europe & Wales: Investing in your future Europe and Wales: Investing in your future
  21. 21. ESF – Employment Aim: To contribute to increasing the employment rate and to tackle poverty and social inclusion in Wales through supporting people in finding and maintaining sustained employment. Rationale Challenging labour Market environment. Decline in low skilled occupations/ higher skilled more insulated from effects of recession. Getting a job – or progressing within employment are best means of combating poverty and in work poverty. Possible Themes Helping People into Work Inclusion and Engagement in the Labour Market Helping People stay and Progress in WorkEwrop & Chymru: Ewrop & Chymru: Buddsoddi yn eich dyfodol Buddsoddi yn eichDyfodol Europe & Wales: Investing in your future Europe and Wales: Investing in your future
  22. 22. Thank You.Rob HalfordWales European Funding Office

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