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The main topic of this presentation was the EU Common Strategic Framework Funds in England (2014-2020).

Government proposals were discussed on 7 December 2012.

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    2. 2. HMG’s OBJECTIVES FOR TODAY Present the Government’s latest thinking for an EUCommon Strategic Framework (CSF) Funds deliverymodel and get feedback from you to inform its furtherdevelopment Listen to your views Understand from you your plans and aspirations for howto use the CSF Funds
    3. 3. €147.2 billion = 1.12% of EU gross national incomeCitizens, freedom,security and justice1%Administration6%Sustainable growth:Jobs, competitiveness,regional development46%:of whichSTRUCTURAL FUNDS36% (€53 bn)The EU as a global player:including development aid6%Naturalresources:Agriculture &environment41%2012 EU BUDGET (commitments)
    4. 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 commercialisationof 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 (especiallydisadvantaged groups such as ex-offenders, young people NEET andunskilled people) Improving workforce skills and redundancy support1 English programme managed by DWP
    5. 5. EUROPEAN AGRICULTURAL FUND FOR RURAL DEVELOPMENT(£3.7bn 2007-2013 for England)Improving the environment and countryside; Improving thecompetitiveness of the agricultural and forestry sector ;Quality of life in rural areas and diversification of the ruraleconomy. One English programme / DEFRA.EUROPEAN FISHERIES FUND(£40m for England in 2007-2013)Smart, green fisheries (to address discards); aquaculturebusinesses ; coastal communities dependent on fishing. 1 UKprogramme / DEFRA.‘ALLOCATED’ TO THE UK (continued):STRUCTURAL FUNDS, RURAL DEVELOPMENT & FISHERIES FUNDS
    6. 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 globalcompetitors : EU 2020 (external) Concentration of EU investment on top driversof EU growth and jobs & delivering UK NationalReform Programme More flexibility to align EU funds to increaseimpact (regional, social, rural and fisheries) Streamlining red tape
    7. 7. WHAT’S HAPPENED SO FAR…… Informal consultation (April 2012) Bespoke events for specific audiences eg. universities,local authorities, voluntary sector, fund specificmanagement committees, etc (Spring-Autumn 2012) Development of an initial delivery model andMinisterial discussion (November 2012) Road testing the approach (today!) Refining the model for formal consultation 2013
    8. 8. WHAT YOU HAVE TOLD US SO FAR Preference for place based programmes with flexiblegeographies Any approach must be responsive to local need andnational priorities Simplification of fund management Integrated programming, in particular in relation to theStructural Funds (ERDF and ESF) Better co-ordination of match-funding & co-financingacross the public sector
    9. 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. 10. GROWTH PROGRAMME ORGANISING PRINCIPLESNational andlocal prioritiesalignedCommon standardsand transparentaccountabilitiesBETTER FOCUSHIGHER IMPACTINCREASEDGROWTHLocal decisionmaking and driveA single set oftargets andmilestones acrossEnglandEU regulatoryrequirements metand financial riskminimisedLower cost &simplifiesadministrationComplex EU fundspackaged as a coherentand consistentprogrammeVariablegeographies
    11. 11. PROPOSED DELIVERY ARRANGEMENTSProjectsCommunity Led LocalDevelopment, including Leaderand FLAGsMaritimeandFisheriesProgramme(EMFF)RuralDevelopmentProgramme(EAFRD)Growth Programme(ERDF, ESF & EAFRD)
    12. 12. GROWTH PROGRAMME An “EU Growth Programme” to be financed by ERDF and ESF witha contribution from EAFRD A single “EU Growth Programme Board” incorporating a jointProgramme Managing Committee for ESF and ERDF LEPs to be the fundamental building blocks receiving a 7 yearnotional allocation subject to periodic performance reviews LEPs to identify their preferred EU investment prospectus as partof their wider growth strategy, for agreement by the GrowthBoard. LEPs will not take on project delivery accountabilities,however but retain a strategic oversight role in cooperation withlocal partners. Government departmental teams to work as “CSF Area GrowthTeams” to support LEPs in their strategic role. All final fundingdecisions to be dependant upon due diligence by fund ManagingAuthorities. National co-financing initiatives to take account of local needs ‘ITIs’ may be an option in a limited number of places - where thisarrangement will deliver better value, higher impact results.
    13. 13.  Greater alignment of eligibility rules for projectsacross the country Improved and harmonised guidance to applicants Managing authority to ‘hide the wiring’ where projectsdraw on more than one fundGROWTH PROGRAMME: A SIMPLER SYSTEM
    14. 14. RURAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME Securing environmental benefits Boosting the competitiveness and growth of agricultureand forestry sector Strengthening rural communities
    15. 15. MARITIME AND FISHERIES PROGRAMME Smart, Green Fisheries tackle fish ‘discards’ fisheries which are lessdamaging to the marineenvironment and support innovation Smart, Green Aquaculture Sustainable Development of Fisheries Areas reverse the decline ofcommunitiesdependent on fishing
    16. 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 andeffectiveness 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. 17. IDEAS INTO REALITY : CSF NEGOTIATIONS PROCESSEU Commissiontests &launchesproposalsMinistersagreedomesticdeliveryGo liveInformalconsultationDevelop UK EUbudgetnegotiatingpositionsDevelop UKCSFnegotiatingpositionsUK negotiates EU budgetDevelop programmesFormalconsultationIdentify, develop and test policy optionsUK negotiates with other EU countries, European Parliament andCommissionEU - Eurozone crisis; downward pressure on EU budget; upward pressure on CSF funds to deliver resultsUK – pressure to drive high impact growth; localism; city deals; CSR; ministerial change & elections
    18. 18. WHAT DO YOU THINK?!