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Draft Partnership Agreement - Czech Republic 2014-2020

The draft Partnership Agreement for the programming period 2014-2020 of the Czech Republic has been published on the Website of the Czech Ministry of Regional Development. The document is under public consultation. It document describes the country's main challenges and strategy for 2014-2020. It also includes the indicative list of operational programmes and their complementarity with other EU funding sources, as well information on ex-ante conditionalities, simplification and measures for effective implementation.

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Hungary 2014-2020: EC approves the first draft of Hungary's Partnership Agreement

According to a press release issued by the Hungarian Ministry for Economy on 9 July 2013, the European Commission approved the first draft of Hungary's Partnership Agreement for the period 2014-2020. Hungary plans to spend around 60% of its allocated resources on economic development.

'The largest amount, an expected 1,200 billion forints (4bn EUR), will be spent on boosting employment', twice as much as in the current generation of programmes (2007-2013). Further 1,100 billion forints will be spent on improving the competitiveness of SMEs. Hungarian authorities plan to submit the Partnership Agreement to the European Commission in November 2013. The Partnership Agreement and the operational programmes are expected to be approved in the first quarter of 2014.

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Study: Economic, social and territorial situation of Berlin

The study provides an overview of German's socio-economic, poitical and administrative framework for Cohesion Policy. 'With a focus on the state of Berlin, it presents the Operational Programmes 2007 - 2013 as well as the main policy objectives. The paper gives also an insight into the German view on the future of Cohesion policy and the preparation of the programming period 2014 - 2020'.

Read the full study Source: European Parliament

 

Development priorities for Hungary 2014-2020

The 2013 National Reform Programme of Hungary includes a chapter on the preparations for the next generation on EU-funded programmes. The reports presents five development priorities: 1) Improving the competitiveness and global performance of the business sector; 2) Increasing the level of employment through economic development, employment, education and social inclusion policies, taking account of territorial disparities; 3) Enhancing energy and resource efficiency; 4) Tackling social and demographic challenges; 5) Local and regional development aimed at promoting economic growth.

Slovakia 2014-2020: lessons learnt from the current programming period

The 2013 National Reform Programme of the Slovak Republic highlights the country's preparations for the next generation of programmes (2014-2020), as well as the lessons learnt from the current programming period. Based on the experience of the 2007 - 2013 programmes, the report notes the need for more simplification, as well as the need to improve the quality of processes in the field of public procurement. The document also includes a chapter dedicated to institutional aspects of the implementation of the Europe 2020 Strategy in Slovakia.

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