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Cretu's Priorities for 2015

Yesterday Corina Cretu, Commissioner for Regional Policy communicated her priorities for 2015. 

Her utmost priority will be helping Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Italy spend as much as possible of the unused funds from 2007-2013 programming period. Task Force on Implementation will help these countries to invest the remaining commitments during 2015. 

Further information available on the bog of Corina Cretu. 

Interreg vs. Country-Specific Operational Programmes

Cohesion Policy 2014-2020 has two major goals, one being Investment for Growth and Jobs goal and the other one being European Territorial Cooperation goal. Investment for Growth and Jobs goal is achieved through country-specific operational programmes. European Territorial Cooperation goal is achieved through Interreg operational programmes, while providing a framework for the implementation of joint actions and policy exchanges between national, regional and local actors from different Member States. 

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Financial Corrections and Recoveries 2013

The total amount of financial corrections and recoveries for ERDF, ESF and Cohesion Fund confirmed/decided in 2013 decreased by approximately 10% compared to 2012. The total amount of financial corrections and recoveries implemented for ERDF, ESF and Cohesion Fund in 2013 decreased by roughly 42% compared to 2012. Exact figures are detailed on the attached graph. 

Cohesion Policy Achievements 2010-2014

Johannes Hahn summed up the EU Cohesion Policy achievements during his term in the office. The main achievements are as follows: 

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Recommended actions to support the role of cities in Cohesion Policy

The European Parliament has recently commissioned a study on the role of cities in 2014-2020 Cohesion Policy. The study has been completed in September 2014 and the main findings are outlined below.

Breakdown of Structural and Cohesion Funds in Portugal

With the recent adoption of the Portuguese Partnership Agreement on the use of European Structural and Investment Funds, the allocations of European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), European Social Fund (ESF) and Cohesion Fund (CF) have been clearly defined. The biggest fund that will co-fund Cohesion Policy in Portugal will expectedly be ERDF, which will amount to 10.773 million EUR. ESF will co-finance different eligible projects with 7.546 million EUR. Co-funding that will be available through CF will amount to 2.812 million EUR.

The EC Adopted a Partnership Agreement with Portugal

On Wednesday, 30th of July the European Commission (EC) adopted a Partnership Agreement (PA) with Portugal on the use of European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIFs). The Partnership Agreement with Portugal is tenth in a row of 28 Partnership Agreements that will be adopted by the end of the year. These Partnership Agreements will determine the funding priorities of the Cohesion Policy in Member States of the European Union.

ECA Special Report 06/2014 “Cohesion policy funds support to renewable energy generation - has it achieved good results?”

Press Release on a European Court of Auditors Special Report 06/2014

EU spending on renewable energy needs improvements to enhance its contribution to policy goals, say EU Auditors

Adoption of the First Partnership Agreement

Press Release 

The European Commission adopted the first of the 28 Partnership Agreements (PAs).

Partnership Agreement with Denmark specifies investment priorities for Cohesion Policy, fisheries and rural development. A set of pre-conditions has been met (e.g., national innovation strategy), which enabled the timely adoption of the Partnership Agreement between the European Commission and Denmark. Partnership Agreement is available on the website of the European Commission in Danish.

The Partnership Agreement with Denmark concentrates on:  

Informal Meeting of the Ministers Responsible for Cohesion Policy

An Informal Meeting of the EU Ministers for the Cohesion Policy  was held in Athens on the 24th and 25th of April. The main topic on the agenda has been SME support. Discussion focused on crucial issues, as access to finance and enabling business environment for SMEs with the support of Structural Funds. European Commission’s proposal on the European Urban Agenda and the role of cities have also been discussed. 

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