Financing priorities for Italy 2014-2020

The European Commission presented each Member States with a Position Paper on the development of the Partnership Agreement and programmes for the period 2014-2020. The Papers serve as framework for dialogue and negotiation between the Commission Services and the Member States. In the case the Italy, the following challenges and financing priorities for 2014-2020 have been identified:

Main challenges

  • A business environment unfavourable to innovation
  • Significant infrastructure gaps in less developed areas and inefficient management of natural resources
  • Low unemployment, particularly of young people and women, and skills mismatch
  • Weak administrative capacity and an inefficient public administration

Priorities for funding

1. Developing an innovation-friendly business environment

  • Increasing private investments in R&D and innovation
  • Promoting the development of ICT-based activities by SMEs
  • Easing access to finance and advanced business services for SMEs
  • Incentivising start-ups and growing very small businesses

2. Putting in place performing infrastructures and efficient management of natural resources

  • Modernising and integrating network infrastructures for rail and maritime transport in less developed areas
  • Promoting broadband infrastructures in less developed areas and access to ultra-broadband facilities
  • Completing infrastructures for the management of water, wastewater and solid waste in less developed areas
  • Promoting renewable energies, resource efficiency and low carbon urban mobility
  • Promoting adaptation to climate change and prevention of natural risks
  • Protecting ecosystems dependent on agriculture and preserving biodiversity

3. Increasing labour market participation, promoting social inclusion and improving the quality of human capital

  • Fighting youth unemployment by integrating young people in the labour market also by supporting transitions between education and employment
  • Integrating the most vulnerable (women, older workers, migrants and people at risk of social exclusion and poverty) in the labour market
  • Improving the quality of education and training
  • Promoting labour mobility
  • Modernising and strengthening labour market institutions
  • Combating undeclared work

4. Supporting the quality, effectiveness and efficiency of the public administration

  • Reducing administrative burden for businesses
  • Promoting e-government services /e-public procurement
  • Ensuring efficiency of the judicial system
  • Strengthening the capacity of bodies involved in the management and delivery of CSF fund programmes, in particular in the less developed regions

Read the full position paper here.

Source: Italian Institute for the Development of Vocational Training of workers