Original publication: September 2016
Authors: Diána Haase and Filipa Azevedo, Research Administrators
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Evaluation of the Report under Article 16(3) of the CPR

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The Committee on Regional Development (REGI) of the European Parliament (EP) decided to draw up an implementation report on the European Commission (EC) communication on “Investing in jobs and growth – maximising the contribution of European Structural and Investment Funds”, published on 14 December 20161 (Rapporteur: Lambert van Nistelrooij). This EC communication is an obligation foreseen in the Common Provisions Regulation (CPR) 2 under Article 16(3) (the so called Article 16 Report).

In May 2016, Policy Department B – Structural and Cohesion Policies was requested to provide internal expertise in support of the ongoing work on the aforementioned implementation report. This analysis has been drawn up in response to this request, addressing the following topics:

  • Relations between Cohesion Policy and the European Semester (relevant Country specific recommendations and their role in programming; Europe 2020 goals and implementation of thematic concentration in programming);
  • European Territorial Cooperation (ETC): (thematic concentration, synergies among cooperation programmes and other instruments and programmes, uptake of new measures, performance framework and result orientation; specific challenges; simplification);
  • Synergies between ESI Funds and other Union Policies and Instruments, including EFSI;
  • Simplification (e-cohesion and its implementation and the use of simplified cost options).

It should be noted that the present research work is limited to a synthesis of key findings in existing studies carried out earlier for REGI. The requested topics are elaborated in chapters 2-5 in this document.

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