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Greece - measures to speed up the implementation of EU Funds and challenges faced

The 2012 Strategic report on the implementation of programmes in Greece highlights some of the measures adopted to fight off the economic crisis and to speed up the implementation of Structural Funds: - Activation of new financial instruments; - The 2012 review of the National Strategic Reference Framework and operational programmes; - Elaboration of an Action Plan aimed at strengthening youth employment and entrepreneurship; - Drafting of a list of 181 priority projects totaling 11,5 billion EUR; - Simplification of the management system of co-financed projects; - Increasing the EU - cofinancing rate.

Bulgaria: Impact of Structural Funds 2009-2012 and lessons learnt

The 2012 Strategic report on the implementation of the 2007-2013 programmes in Bulgaria highlights some of the results of structural investments between 2009-2012: private consumption is up by 3.9%, government consumption is up by 8.8%, government investments are 26.3% higher, whilst the the unemployment rate is down by 2.4 p.p.

Funding priorities for Ireland 2014-2020

The Position Paper on the development of the Partnership Agreement and programmes in Ireland for the period 2014-2020 outlines three main funding priorities that the European Commission would like to co-finance in Ireland: 1. Combating long-term and youth unemployment and social exclusion; 2. Support for R&D investments and business sector competitiveness; 3. Promotion of environmentally-friendly and resource efficient economy.

Position of the Commission Services on the development of the Partnership Agreement and programmes

The European Commission has recently released all Position Papers for the development of the 2014-2020 Partnership Agreement and programmes in each Member States. All 28 documents (27 Member States + Croatia) are available here. The Position Papers are based on the lessons learnt during the 2007-2013 period and were presented to each Member States as the Commission Services' views, without prejudice to the final outcome of the negotiations on the legislative package on the future Cohesion Policy.

Funding priorities for Lithuania 2014-2020 -Summary of the Position Paper of the European Commission

The Position Paper of the Commission Services on the development of the Partnership Agreement in Lithuania sets out the country-specific challenges and presents the Commission’s preliminary view on Lithuania’s funding priorities for 2014-2020. Four complementary and mutually reinforcing funding priorities have been proposed: 1. Innovative and competitive business and research environment; 2. Modern infrastructure for growth and jobs; 3. High employment, skilled people and inclusive society; 4. Energy efficiency and sustainable management of natural resources.

Funding priorities for Slovakia 2014-2020 - Summary of the Position Paper of the European Commision

The Position Paper of the Commission Services on the development of the Partnership Agreement in Slovakia sets out the country-specific challenges and presents the Commission’s preliminary view on Slovakia’s funding priorities for 2014-2020. Five complementary and mutually reinforcing funding priorities have been proposed: 1. Innovation friendly business environment; 2. Infrastructure for economic growth and jobs; 3. Human capital growth and improved labour market participation; 4. Sustainable and efficient use of natural resources; 5. Modern and professional administration.

Third quarterly report of the Task Force for Greece

The third quarterly report of the Task Force for Greece on technical assistance was published in December 2012. The Task Force covers 40 technical assistance projects in ten policy domains, including Structural and Cohesion Funds, budget and taxation, administrative reform and health policy. The report notes progress in accelerating Cohesion Policy projects despite liquidity constraints and a politically complex period: 'Payment claims of approximately €1.234 million (all cohesion policy Funds included) were declared to the Commission during the first 11 months of 2012 against an MoU target of €1.231 million for the first half of 2012 and €3.730m million for the whole year (achievement of 33% of the latter). In particular, for ERDF and Cohesion Fund, the Greeks have declared payment claims for about €889 million against the annual target of €2.850 million (31.1%); as regards the ESF, the Greeks have declared payment claims for about €345 million against the annual target of €880 million(39.2%). Nevertheless for a few operational programmes (due to their specific low absorption rate), the risk exists of Greece losing significant EU funds at the end of 2012 because of the N+2/3 rule'.

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