Absorption Rates in Poland - Cohesion Policy 2007-2013

By the end of November 2013, Polish beneficiaries of ESI funds spent 61% of the allocated funds. 

Approximately 92,000 contracts were signed, which summed up to approximately 92% of the total allocations for Poland. Additional projects will be realized in 2014 and 2015. 

OP Human Capital had the best absorption rate, while the highest amount of payments to the beneficiaries had OP Infrastructure and Environment. Among 16 regional OPs, the best absorption rate had OP Opolskie with more than 80% of the allocated funds already absorbed. 

Success factors for the implementation of EU Funds in Romania

The provisions of the new Public Procurement Directive should be implemented by the government without delay, while at the same time removing political influence from decision-making.

Structural funds eligibility by region in selected countries

The maps below depict regional eligibilities of selected Member States. 


Both of Croatia`s regions are considered to be less-developed, as their GDP per capita amounts to less than 75% of the EU-27 average. Thus, at least 50% of its investments are geared towards supporting innovation and research, digital agenda, SMEs, and at least 12% of its allocations will support the shift to low-carbon economy. Croatia will receive almost € 6 billion in funding from structural funds. 

Portugal submits its official proposal for a Partnership Agreement

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On 31 January Commissioner Hahn met Miguel Poiares Maduro, Portuguese Minister for Regional Development in Brussels. Mr Maduro submitted the official draft of Portugal’s Partnership Agreement for EU Funds 2014-2020.

Total Allocations for Cohesion Policy 2014-2020 in Current Prices

The table below depicts total allocations breakdown for Cohesion Policy 2014-2020 in current prices and million of EUR. 

* breakdown by category of allocations subject to transfers between categories at the request of the Member States

Source: European Commission

Cohesion Policy 2014-2020 Timeline for 2014

Programming period 2014-2020 has recently started and thus it raises questions of what is to come next.  Common Provisions Regulation (EU) No. 1303/2007 has identified envisioned timeline that gives us a clear idea of what to expect this year. All Partnership Agreements (PAs) and Operational Programmes (OPs) should be up and running by January 2015. 

Cohesion Policy and EU Regions and Cities

The Committee of the Regions (CoR) has produced an infografic highlighting the impact of the Cohesion Policy reform on the EU cities and regions. 

The CoR has stressed the following: 

The European Code of Conduct on the Partnership Principle

The European Commission has today adopted a common set of standards – European Code of Conduct on the Partnership Principle – for improving participation and dialogue with partners  (regional and local authorities, trade unions, employers, NGOs) responsible for implementation, monitoring and evaluation of projects financed by ESIF1. This delegated act strengthens the Article 5 of the Regulation (EU) No.

`Single Audit` of Cohesion Spending

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