UK Structural Funds 2014-2020


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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.

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UK Structural Funds 2014-2020

  1. 1. UK STRUCTURAL FUNDS 2014-2020Regional Action West MidlandsConsultation event 26thJuly 2012Sharon Shattock
  2. 2. A COMMON STRATEGIC APPROACHEurope 2020: EU drive for greater impact, betteralignment & stronger accountability Improved focus and prioritisation to drive faster economic growth Better co-ordination and integration between EU programmes Programmes focussed on delivering results and impact More transparent, efficient, streamlined and simplified deliverysystems for beneficiaries
  3. 3. COMMON STRATEGIC FRAMEWORKOpportunity to align substantial investments: Regional economic development (ERDF) Skills, employment & pre-employment (ESF)And also: Rural development(EAFRD – currently part of the CAP) Fisheries (EMFF – currently part of the CFP)
  4. 4. THEMATIC OBJECTIVESCOMMON STRATEGIC FRAMEWORK FUNDS1. 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 (‘Technical Assistance’)
  5. 5.  Integrated interventions Geographic flexibility(eg. Nationalissue based; pan-regional city-wide; local communities) Streamlined systems(reduced red tape for beneficiaries in exchange for strongerperformance management accountability at Member State level) Community-led local development (all 4 funds)‘Local Action Groups’ able to draw on all 4 Strategic Framework fundsaccording to an integrated plan. Joint Action Plans (ERDF & ESF only)Lump sum payments to a single beneficiary up to €10m or 20% of anOperational Programme (whichever is lower) to manage a group of projectsaimed at a specific purpose (but not for infrastructure or major projects) Integrated Territorial Investments (ERDF & ESF only)Urban development or Territorial strategy drawing on a multiplicity ofprogramme strands and programmes. Management can be delegated to acity or NGO.COMMON STRATEGIC FRAMEWORK - OPPORTUNITIES
  6. 6. ‘LESS DEVELOPED’ REGIONS 2014-2020 GDP/head below 75% EU27average 75%-85% EU co-financing availablefor wider range of activities At least 25% spend must be fromEuropean Social Fund 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At least 40% spend must be from EuropeanSocial Fund, of which 70% of eachprogramme must focus on only 4priorities, with 20% earmarked fortackling social exclusion at national level80% ERDF to focus on only 3 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 At least 52% spend must be from European Social Fund,of which 80% of each programme must focus on only 4priorities At least 20% ESF to focus on social exclusion at nationallevel 80% ERDF to focus on only 3 priorities:InnovationSME competitivenessLow carbon and energy efficiency (at least 20%)
  9. 9. ERDF - key to local growth £3.2bn in England 2007-13LOCALISM - what do we mean by local areas & what arethe building blocks?-Local leadership and descision-makingRole of role of Local Enterprise Partnerships – organisingprogrammes according to larger functional economic areasCities – as key drivers within programme areas utilisingscale and flexibilities, eg City DealsProgrammes that are consistent with national strategicpriorities and can lever public and private sector matchfundingERDF in England - 2014-2020
  10. 10. ERDF AND THE OTHER EU FUNDS- What are theopportunities and what do we mean by alignment?ERDF & ESF - joint support for SMEs/entrepreneurship/self-employmentERDF and EAFRD and EMFF - building rural and coastaleconomiesMechanisms - mono/dual fund programmes; ITI/JAP/CLLDLIABILITIES -how much responsibility and whose?Administrative options that: maximise local relevanceand minimise budget riskCommission parameters & drivers - ManagingAuthority/Intermediary Body/NUTS2/Cities and FunctionalUrban Areas/Fund alignment
  11. 11. Consultation• NCVO event 27THApril 2012BIS Informal Stakeholder consultation April 2012;• 200 Responses• 21 from the voluntary sector including NCVO• Key messages to government:• Reduce administrative burden• Support integrated programmes• Flexible programme boundaries• Fresh thinking on match funding
  12. 12. Future perspectives Areas left for debate in design of UK/EnglishProgrammes;• Partnership Agreement – setting out proposals tostreamline and reduce bureaucracy; proposedgovernance and implementation structures, financialallocations and Programme geographies.• Shape and design of operational programmes –alignment with EU Commission, UK Government andlocal strategic policy and spatial objectives.• How best to achieve integration and alignment betweenfunds eg ERDF support for SMEs alongside ESFbusiness skills and with Defra Funds in rural and coastalcommunities.• How to embed local influence and direction withinProgramme development and delivery.
  13. 13. Next Steps• Autumn 2012 series of consultation events to presentGovernments thinking and gain further views fromstakeholders.• Government Consultation on Partnership Agreementanticipated beginning of 2013.• Operational Programme development and negotiationfrom 2013• Partnership Agreement can be submitted to theCommission for approval in January 2014 once budgetsare finalised.• Programmes in place from 2014