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Poland 2014-2020 - Information on operational programmes, investment priorities and budgets

In the programming period 2014-2020 Poland will manage six national operational programmes (OPs) and 16 regional programmes (one for each region).

  • The OP Infrastructure and environment will support energy efficiency and low-carbon economy projects, in particular in cities. Its main beneficiaries will be public bodies (including local authorities), but also private companies.
  • The OP Intelligent Development will aim to increase Poland's innovation and competitiveness by supporting private sector research and development. The OP will focus on strengthening the link between business and education, as well as the development of innovative companies. Its main beneficiaries will be SMEs, research institutions, clusters and business associations.
  • The OP Knowledge, Education and Development will aim to improve the quality and efficiency of the Polish higher education system.
  • The OP Digital Poland will be dedicated to ICT projects, broadband networks and e-services.
  • The OP Eastern Poland will focus on increasing the competitiveness of the macro-region.
  • The OP Technical Assistance will ensure the smooth implementation of Structural and Investment Funds in Poland.
  • The 16 regional operational programmes will finance a series of activities that are complementary to the investments envisaged by the 6 national programmes: promotion of entrepreneurship, education, employment, social inclusion, ICT, infrastructure, environment, energy and transport.
  • As previously announced by Polish authorities, more funds will be managed at the regional level (around 41,5% compared to 24,9% - excluding the figures for European Territorial Cooperation).

Source: Polish Ministry of Regional Development Read the full press release concerning Poland's draft partnership agreement (under public consultation)

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Slovakia 2014-2020 - Indicative list of operational programmes

In addition to the operational programmes (OP) listed above and financed from Structural and Investment Funds under Objective 1, Slovak authorities will also manage the following programmes: OP Rural Development, OP Fisheries, as well as several European Territorial Cooperation programmes.

Source: www.nsrr.sk

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List of ex-ante conditionalities - Germany 2014-2020

Ex-ante conditionalities are an essential part of the preparations for the next programming period. They represent pre-conditions that all Member States will have to fulfil and are linked to the effective and efficient use of EU funds.  Should ex-ante conditionalities not be fulfilled by the time the Partnership Agreement (PA) has been submitted, EU countries will need to present the European Commission with an action plan and a timetable for implementation. Ex-ante conditionalities must be fulfilled no later than 31 December 2016 (or within two year following the adoption of the PA). - See more at: http://insideurope.eu/node/367#sthash.MGoi5wez.dpuf

Ex-ante conditionalities are an essential part of the preparations for the next programming period. They represent pre-conditions that all Member States will have to fulfil and are linked to the effective and efficient use of EU funds. Should ex-ante conditionalities not be fulfilled by the time the Partnership Agreement (PA) has been submitted, EU countries will need to present the European Commission with an action plan and a timetable for implementation. Ex-ante conditionalities must be fulfilled no later than 31 December 2016 (or within two year following the adoption of the PA). In the case of Germany, the following ex-ante conditionalities have been defined:

Ex-ante conditionalities are an essential part of the preparations for the next programming period. They represent pre-conditions that all Member States will have to fulfil and are linked to the effective and efficient use of EU funds.  Should ex-ante conditionalities not be fulfilled by the time the Partnership Agreement (PA) has been submitted, EU countries will need to present the European Commission with an action plan and a timetable for implementation. Ex-ante conditionalities must be fulfilled no later than 31 December 2016 (or within two year following the adoption of the PA). - See more at: http://insideurope.eu/node/367#sthash.MGoi5wez.dpuf
  • Develop regional research and innovation strategies for smart specialisation and ensure effective coordination and cooperation between the regions in the development and implementation phase;
  • Develop and implement a national strategy for poverty reduction;
  • Define appropriate and congruent selection criteria for the implementation of the rural development policy;
  • In fisheries, adopt a multiannual national strategic plan for aquaculture, improve data collection for fisheries management (ensuring a smooth shift from direct to shared management) and the implementation of a Union control, inspection and enforcement system.

Source:  Position Paper on the Commission Services on the development of the Partnership Agreement and Programmes for the period 2014-2020 in Germany

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Cohesion Policy 2014-2020: Key elements of reform

Following intense negotiations with the Presidency of the EU Council, the European Parliament Committee on Regional Development  voted the legislative package for Cohesion Policy 2014-2020. Here are the key elements of reform agreed:

  • Focusing investments on key areas for growth and jobs as outlined in the Europe 2020 strategy through a common set of rules which apply to all five European Structural and Investment Funds (European Regional Development Fund, European Social Fund, Cohesion Fund, European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and European Maritime and Fisheries Fund);
  • The majority of the budget to be concentrated on few priorities closely linked to the EU 2020 growth strategy. In particular:
  • Between 50% and 80% of the ERDF budget concentrated on measures to support innovation and R&D, the digital agenda, the competitiveness of SMEs, and the shift towards a low carbon economy.
  • On low carbon economy a further obligation to allocate at least between 12% and 20% to energy efficiency and renewable energy.
  • Member States and regions to establish clear and measurable targets on the impact of the investments. Progress to be measured and communicated.
  • Measures to cut red tape and simplify the use of EU funds: more common rules among all funds, more targeted but fewer reporting demands, more use of digital technology (“e-cohesion”).

Read the full press release Source: European Commission

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