PROSPECTS FOR STRUCTURAL FUNDS2014-202026 July 2012 RAWMSandra Turner, BIS
CHANGING TIMES Economic landscape : recession & Eurozone crisis EU budget & Structural Funds in particular : MORE focus...
EU ‘COMMON STRATEGIC FRAMEWORK’INVESTMENT THEMES1. Innovation and R&D2. ICT: Improving access; quality and usage3. SMEs: I...
EUROPEAN COMMISSION’s UK PRIORITIES– STRUCTURAL FUNDS - Increasing R&D spend &‘localising’ impact of national investment...
More integrated programmes / geographic flexibility Community-led local development (all 4 funds)‘Local Action Groups’ ab...
‘LESS DEVELOPED’ REGIONS 2014-2020 GDP/head below 75% EU27average 75%-85% EU co-financing availablefor wider range of ac...
‘TRANSITION’ REGIONS 2014-2020GDP/head between 75% and 90% of EU27average60% EU co-financingSafety net” of 2/3 of previ...
‘MORE DEVELOPED’ REGIONS 2014-2020 GDP/head more than 90% EU27 average 50% EU co-financing Minimum spend in the range o...
TIMELINES & DEPENDENCIES EU 7 year budget framework: next spring 2013? To set financial allocations to countries; to spe...
KEY QUESTIONS how to get more local input into strategic planning onhow funds are spent? if some national elements remai...
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Sandra Turner (BIS) gave a presentation on the Future of European Funding Conference: RAWM & NCVO European Funding Network, Thursday 26 July 2012.

NCVO’s European Funding Network, in association with RAWM co-hosted an event in Birmingham to provide VCS organisations in the West Midlands with the opportunity to listen to and comment on BIS proposals for future EU funding and to exchange good practice from the current funding period.

Find out more about NCVO's european policy work: http://europeanfundingnetwork.eu

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Prospects for Structural Funds 2014-2020

  1. 1. PROSPECTS FOR STRUCTURAL FUNDS2014-202026 July 2012 RAWMSandra Turner, BIS
  2. 2. CHANGING TIMES Economic landscape : recession & Eurozone crisis EU budget & Structural Funds in particular : MORE focussed on driving the EU forward vs globalcompetitors / EU 2020 Concentration of EU investment on top drivers ofEU growth & delivering UK National Reform Plan More flexibility to align EU funds to increaseimpact (regional, social, rural and fisheries) Streamlining red tape
  3. 3. EU ‘COMMON STRATEGIC FRAMEWORK’INVESTMENT THEMES1. Innovation and R&D2. ICT: Improving access; quality and usage3. SMEs: Improving competitiveness, incl. in the agricultural andaquaculture sectors4. Shift to low carbon economy5. Climate change adaptation and risk management6. Environmental protection & 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 for efficient publicadministration
  4. 4. 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; troubled families; ex-offenders;unskilled people (including employees of SMEs);self-employment/entrepreneurship Higher level skills What else?....
  5. 5. More integrated programmes / geographic flexibility Community-led local development (all 4 funds)‘Local Action Groups’ able to draw on all 4 StrategicFramework funds according to an integrated plan. Joint Action Plans (ERDF & ESF only)Lump sum payments to a single beneficiary more than €5mor 10% (current proposals) of an Operational Programme -whichever is lower - to manage a group of projects aimedat a specific purpose (but not for major infrastructure) Integrated Territorial Investments (ERDF & ESF only)Urban development or Territorial strategy drawing on amultiplicity of programme strands and programmes.Aspects of management can be delegated to a city or NGO.LOCAL FOCUS : NEW OPPORTUNITIES
  6. 6. ‘LESS DEVELOPED’ REGIONS 2014-2020 GDP/head below 75% EU27average 75%-85% EU co-financing availablefor wider range of activities Safety net” of 2/3 of previousallocation for regions moving ‘up’and out of this category Minimum 20- 25% (?) spend mustbe from European Social Fund(possible to count ERDF) onEmployment, Skills, Inclusion Likely to be West Wales and theValleys + Cornwall and ScillyIsles
  7. 7. ‘TRANSITION’ REGIONS 2014-2020GDP/head between 75% and 90% of EU27average60% EU co-financingSafety net” of 2/3 of previous allocation forregions moving ‘upwards’ into this category35- 40% (?)spend must be from European SocialFund (and ERDF) onEmployment/Skills/Inclusion, of which 70% ofeach programme must focus on only 4priorities, with 20% earmarked for tacklingsocial exclusion at national level (includingERDF spend?)80% ERDF to focus on only 3 (4?) prioritiesLikely to include :– Devon– Lincolnshire– East Yorkshire & N. Lincolnshire– Shropshire & Staffordshire– South Yorkshire– Merseyside– Lancashire– Tees Valley & Durham– Highlands & Islands– Cumbria– Northern Ireland
  8. 8. ‘MORE DEVELOPED’ REGIONS 2014-2020 GDP/head more than 90% EU27 average 50% EU co-financing Minimum spend in the range of 45- 50% must be from EuropeanSocial Fund (& ERDF) on Employment, Inclusion and Skills of which80% of each programme must focus on 4 priorities At least 20% ESF to focus on social exclusion at national level(although ERDF spend might also count towards the 20%) 80% ERDF to focus on only 3 (possibly 4) thematic objectives: Innovation SME competitiveness Low carbon and energy efficiency (at least 20%) ICT ??
  9. 9. TIMELINES & DEPENDENCIES EU 7 year budget framework: next spring 2013? To set financial allocations to countries; to specialstatus areas (eg transition) & to priority issues Then European Parliament (3months + ?), then back togovernments (3 months + ?) Then UK business plan negotiated with Commission,followed by programme proposals (3 months + ?) Earliest possible start : Spring 2014but Eurozone turbluence, requirement for unanimousagreement by 27 governments & German elections likelyto push back schedule(last time round: budget framework Dec ’05; structuralfunds agreement July ’06 – without EuropeanParliament!)
  10. 10. KEY QUESTIONS how to get more local input into strategic planning onhow funds are spent? if some national elements remain what mechanisms dowe need for effective local engagement? what are the arguments for different local deliverymodels? what are the benefits of aligning ESF and ERDF?contact: structuralfundsnegotiations@bis.gsi.gov.uksandra.turner@bis.gsi.gov.uk

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