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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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Guidelines for the Use of Financial Instruments in ESIF 2014-2020

The European Commission issued a short reference on Financial Instruments in ESIF programs 2014-2020, which is designed to provide an overview of the main elements of the new legislation as it pertains to financial instruments. It may be expanded or supplemented with more detailed specific guidance as relevant.

Cohesion Policy will change significantly from a solidarity instrument to an investment policy

Press Release - The Commission Work Programme 2014 

Mr. Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for Inter-Institutional Relations and Administration spoke on Friday at the CoR’s plenary about European Commission’s priorities for the upcoming year.  

Commission approves Croatia’s plan for Cohesion Policy for the remaining time of the current programming period

Press release Commission approves Croatia’s plan for EU cohesion policy investment of 450m euro to deliver growth and jobs

The European Commission has approved Croatia’s investment plan to use EU cohesion policy funds worth €449.4m allocated to the country when it joined the EU on 1st July 2013. The National Strategic Reference Framework (NSRF) prepared by the Croatian authorities sets out the investment priorities for Croatia’s regions in order to accelerate economic growth and create employment, boosting the country’s overall competitiveness. Strategic projects with clear, pre-defined goals matching these priorities must quickly be identified so as to make the best use of this valuable investment by the 2016 deadline.

The NSRF outlines three strategic goals: strengthening economic competitiveness; establishing optimal economic conditions for job creation and employability; and achieving balanced regional development. Its adoption paves the way for implementation of strategic operational programmes in: "environment", "transport", "regional competitiveness" and "human resources", with a further breakdown of investment priority axes and project selection criteria.

Cohesion Fund (€149.8m) investments will go towards waste and wastewater management, as well as improvement of the water supply. The European Regional Development Fund (228.4m) will be invested in business support for SMEs, research and innovation, along with more basic infrastructures, such as railway and waterways. The European Social Fund (60m) will support job creation and invest in social inclusion and education projects.

Croatia joins the current financial period of cohesion policy only six months before its end, which means, in keeping with EU rules - all projects selected for investment should be completed by the end of 2016.

It is expected that the experience Croatia has gained under previous programmes and projects under the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA) will facilitate the efficient and timely management of investments from this first tranche of cohesion policy funding.

Read the full press release from 26 August 2013

Source: European Commission press releases database

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Guide to Multi-Benefit Cohesion Policy Investments in Nature and Green Infrastructure

DG REGIO has just published a guide to multi-benefit Cohesion Policy investments in Nature and Green Infrastructure. Here is its official description:

'Cohesion policy has been an active partner in helping regions to preserve and ensure the sustainable management of their natural assets. All over the EU, projects in Natura 2000 areas, the restoration of wetlands and floodplains, the development of green corridors and support to information systems for the monitoring of biodiversity were co-funded. Similar investments will be carried out between 2014 and 2020. In this framework this guide underlines the crucial interconnections which exist between nature, society and the economy. In particular it shows that investments in nature, biodiversity and green infrastructure are relevant for cohesion policy. Further, it emphasises how investments of the ERDF and Cohesion Fund in nature and green infrastructure can actually contribute to several policy objectives and deliver multiple benefits, in particular socio-economic development. And eventually it assists authorities and stakeholders with practical recommendations to improve the delivery of the co-funded programmes and projects'.

Read the Guide to Multi-Benefit Cohesion Policy Investments in Nature and Green Infrastructure Source: European Commission

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