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Progress report Romania - Increasing the absorption of Structural and Cohesion Funds

The latest European Semester outlines the main measures adopted in 2012 with the aim of improving the absorption of Structural and Cohesion Funds in Romania. The report notes improvements in project cycle management, standardization of tender documentation and more effective coordination at the central level. An overview of payments and reimbursement claims at the level of operational programmmes is also included. 'Although some progress has been made in implementation of the PAP - Priority Action Plan, the absorption rate was still below expectations. Consequently, in November 2012, the European Commission has proposed the development of a new action plan for improving the administrative capacity for EU funds management. The new plan includes all unrealized measures of the PAP and contains new short, medium and long term measures.'

Greece: Achievements and developments in the field of Structural and Cohesion Funds

The 4th Quarterly Report of the Task Force for Greece highlights the main achievements and developments in the field of Structural and Cohesion Funds.: -The absorption target for 2012 was reached to a level of 87,3%. No funds have been decommitted in 2012, but there is a risk of decommitment in 2013; - In March 2013 the absorption rate stood at 56,1% ; - Projects concerning entrepreneurship have the highest absorption rates (75%). Spending on environmental projects is low (15%); - The number of sleeping projects was reduced by half; - The deadline for closing projects from the previous programming period was extended until December 31 2013. - 15 out of 181 priority projects have been completed, 86 are under implementation and on track, 70 projects need to be accelerated, 15 projects are unlikely to be concluded, 1 project has been cancelled.

Task Force for Greece - 4th Quarterly Report: Support for growth and jobs in Greece

Press release:  The Task Force has made steady progress in assisting the Greek authorities, in a spirit of solidarity, to help implement a wide range of reforms agreed in the context of the economic adjustment programme for Greece and to maximise the use of EU Structural Funds. The assistance provided by the Taskforce builds on the commitment of the Greek authorities to implement these reforms, which are necessary to rebuild an economy that is conducive to growth and job creation, as set out in the Memorandum of Understanding with Greece.

Main problems in the implementation of EU Funds in the Czech Republic

The 2012 Strategic Report for the period 2007-2013 identifies two main categories of problems hampering the effective implementation of Structural Funds in the Czech Republic:

Achievements of Cohesion Policy in Poland

More jobs, better infrastructure and sustained economic growth. These are in short the achievements of Cohesion Policy in Poland according to the 2012 Strategic Report on the implementation of current programmes in Poland.

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