Draft Partnership Agreement - Czech Republic 2014-2020

The draft Partnership Agreement for the programming period 2014-2020 of the Czech Republic has been published on the Website of the Czech Ministry of Regional Development. The document is under public consultation. It document describes the country's main challenges and strategy for 2014-2020. It also includes the indicative list of operational programmes and their complementarity with other EU funding sources, as well information on ex-ante conditionalities, simplification and measures for effective implementation.

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Hungary 2014-2020: EC approves the first draft of Hungary's Partnership Agreement

According to a press release issued by the Hungarian Ministry for Economy on 9 July 2013, the European Commission approved the first draft of Hungary's Partnership Agreement for the period 2014-2020. Hungary plans to spend around 60% of its allocated resources on economic development.

'The largest amount, an expected 1,200 billion forints (4bn EUR), will be spent on boosting employment', twice as much as in the current generation of programmes (2007-2013). Further 1,100 billion forints will be spent on improving the competitiveness of SMEs. Hungarian authorities plan to submit the Partnership Agreement to the European Commission in November 2013. The Partnership Agreement and the operational programmes are expected to be approved in the first quarter of 2014.

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Study: Economic, social and territorial situation of Berlin

The study provides an overview of German's socio-economic, poitical and administrative framework for Cohesion Policy. 'With a focus on the state of Berlin, it presents the Operational Programmes 2007 - 2013 as well as the main policy objectives. The paper gives also an insight into the German view on the future of Cohesion policy and the preparation of the programming period 2014 - 2020'.

Read the full study Source: European Parliament


Development priorities for Hungary 2014-2020

The 2013 National Reform Programme of Hungary includes a chapter on the preparations for the next generation on EU-funded programmes. The reports presents five development priorities: 1) Improving the competitiveness and global performance of the business sector; 2) Increasing the level of employment through economic development, employment, education and social inclusion policies, taking account of territorial disparities; 3) Enhancing energy and resource efficiency; 4) Tackling social and demographic challenges; 5) Local and regional development aimed at promoting economic growth.

Slovakia 2014-2020: lessons learnt from the current programming period

The 2013 National Reform Programme of the Slovak Republic highlights the country's preparations for the next generation of programmes (2014-2020), as well as the lessons learnt from the current programming period. Based on the experience of the 2007 - 2013 programmes, the report notes the need for more simplification, as well as the need to improve the quality of processes in the field of public procurement. The document also includes a chapter dedicated to institutional aspects of the implementation of the Europe 2020 Strategy in Slovakia.

Progress report Romania - Increasing the absorption of Structural and Cohesion Funds

The latest European Semester outlines the main measures adopted in 2012 with the aim of improving the absorption of Structural and Cohesion Funds in Romania. The report notes improvements in project cycle management, standardization of tender documentation and more effective coordination at the central level. An overview of payments and reimbursement claims at the level of operational programmmes is also included. 'Although some progress has been made in implementation of the PAP - Priority Action Plan, the absorption rate was still below expectations. Consequently, in November 2012, the European Commission has proposed the development of a new action plan for improving the administrative capacity for EU funds management. The new plan includes all unrealized measures of the PAP and contains new short, medium and long term measures.'

Greece: Achievements and developments in the field of Structural and Cohesion Funds

The 4th Quarterly Report of the Task Force for Greece highlights the main achievements and developments in the field of Structural and Cohesion Funds.: -The absorption target for 2012 was reached to a level of 87,3%. No funds have been decommitted in 2012, but there is a risk of decommitment in 2013; - In March 2013 the absorption rate stood at 56,1% ; - Projects concerning entrepreneurship have the highest absorption rates (75%). Spending on environmental projects is low (15%); - The number of sleeping projects was reduced by half; - The deadline for closing projects from the previous programming period was extended until December 31 2013. - 15 out of 181 priority projects have been completed, 86 are under implementation and on track, 70 projects need to be accelerated, 15 projects are unlikely to be concluded, 1 project has been cancelled.

Task Force for Greece - 4th Quarterly Report: Support for growth and jobs in Greece

Press release:  The Task Force has made steady progress in assisting the Greek authorities, in a spirit of solidarity, to help implement a wide range of reforms agreed in the context of the economic adjustment programme for Greece and to maximise the use of EU Structural Funds. The assistance provided by the Taskforce builds on the commitment of the Greek authorities to implement these reforms, which are necessary to rebuild an economy that is conducive to growth and job creation, as set out in the Memorandum of Understanding with Greece.

Main problems in the implementation of EU Funds in the Czech Republic

The 2012 Strategic Report for the period 2007-2013 identifies two main categories of problems hampering the effective implementation of Structural Funds in the Czech Republic:

Achievements of Cohesion Policy in Poland

More jobs, better infrastructure and sustained economic growth. These are in short the achievements of Cohesion Policy in Poland according to the 2012 Strategic Report on the implementation of current programmes in Poland.