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Member States and regions must lose no time in preparing the next generation of EU programmes for growth

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EU Commissioner for Regional Policy, Johannes Hahn has told Member States and regions there is no time to lose in planning the EU structural funds programmes for 2014-2020. The call to action comes after members of the European Parliament's Regional Development Committee adopted a series of reports that in principle agree a radical reform of Regional Policy. Key elements of reform confirmed by today's vote:

  • 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

New cohesion policy: MEPs approve €325 billion investment tool for EU regions

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New rules for investing €325 billion in regional development projects across the EU in 2014-2020 were approved by the Regional Development Committee on Wednesday. This funding - roughly a third of the EU budget - will boost local growth and job creation. MEPs ensured that local and regional partners will have a bigger say in decisions, theme-based planning will be more flexible and regional policy will focus more closely on environmental issues.

"After many months of intense negotiations, thanks to my negotiating teams' insistence, we have reached agreement with the Council on more than 90% of the whole legislative package and considerably improved the rules for a more efficient future Cohesion Policy. With the vote, those who implement the programmes and projects in the regions will have more certainty. We will continue to work hard to find a compromise with the Council also on the remaining issues, in order to have a final vote in October so that by 2014 the programmes will be up and running", said Regional Development Committee Chair Danuta Hübner (EPP, PL).The five draft reports in the legislative package voted in committee reflect the outcome of more than 10 months of negotiations with the Council.

Draft Cohesion Policy budget 2014-2020

Data: European Commission - 26 June 2013

More information on the draft budget 2014-2020

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Welcome, Croatia! Information on Croatia's operational programmes and Convergence Regions

On the course of the following six months Croatia will have access to 450 million EUR in Structural Funds. The budgetary proposal for the programming period 2014-2020 foresees an allocation of 8 billion EUR for the newest EU Member state. Investments will focus on strengthening the country's competitiveness, increasing labour participation and matching education with labour market needs. Other investment priorities are the preservation of natural resources.Read more about Croatia's priorities in 2014-2020

Read more about Croatia's management authorities and EU funded projects

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Hungary 2014-2020 - Structural Funds for Social Inclusion

The evaluation report on interventions targeting social inclusion in Hungary puts forward several recommendations for the programming period 2014-2020 regarding the structure of operational programmes, the key areas of investment, coordination mechanisms and options to target socially excluded groups.

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