Volume 2, Issue 2  July 2017

This UPDATE issue focuses on the subject-related studies commissioned by the Policy Department at the request of the REGI Committee of the European Parliament since January 2017.

Research for REGI on Implementation of Cohesion Policy in the 2014-2020 Programming Period – July 2017 UPDATE

The implementation timetable for cohesion policy is defined largely by its legislative framework, which explicitly provides for European Parliament involvement in a number of cases. In order to be able to plan parliamentary work and exercise systematic scrutiny of policy implementation and of the Commission’s work, it is essential to have an overview of the expected timing of different steps in policy implementation in the coming years. The briefing was first published in 2014, and has been updated since then.
The briefing includes a detailed (but non-exhaustive) timetable of policy actions connected with the implementation of the European Structural and Investment Funds in the second half of 2017, together with an overview of major actions for the remainder of the programming period, from 2018.

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Research for REGI on Cohesion policy and Paris Agreement Targets

This study examines experience of the mainstreaming of climate policy objectives into cohesion policy in the current (2014-2020) and earlier programming periods, including with respect to its urban dimension, and to territorial cooperation. It identifies the implications of the Paris Agreement on climate change, and makes recommendations for further development of climate mainstreaming in cohesion policy in future programming periods.

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Research for REGI on Indicators in Cohesion Policy

GDP per capita is the sole criterion for identifying specific conditions of eligibility to the benefit of the structural funds. This criterion does not reveal really the well-being of local people. This study examines alternative measures, like final consumption expenses or a more sophisticated synthetic index, and their impact on the eligibility of the regions.
The impact of the UK Referendum is examined, either using the present criterion or the alternative ones.

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Research for REGI on Lessons learnt from the Closure of the 2007-13 Programming Period

This study analyses the closure process for programmes funded under the European Regional Development Fund and the Cohesion Fund in 2007-13. It details the regulatory provisions, guidance and support provided for closure in 2007-13 and assesses the closure experiences of programme authorities before drawing lessons and developing conclusions and recommendations for EU-level institutions and programme authorities.

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Research for REGI on Building Blocks for a Future Cohesion Policy – First Reflections

The reform of the EU budget and policy priorities in the post-2020 MFF comes at a difficult time for the EU with major internal and external challenges. The challenges for economic, social and territorial cohesion remain profound. However, there are also competing pressures on the EU budget, such as keeping net payers’ contributions within acceptable limits and striking the right balance between overarching EU goals and new challenges.
Once again, Cohesion Policy is under pressure to justify its value in relation to EU political objectives. This study discusses the main themes relating to post-2020 Cohesion Policy, the rationale and overall framework of the policy, current and future challenges, and the post-2020 delivery system.

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Research for REGI on The economic, social and territorial situation of the Azores (Portugal)

This briefing was prepared to provide information for the visit to the Azores (Portugal) of 22 to 26 May 2017 of a delegation of the European Parliament’s Committee on Regional Development, the islands visited being São Miguel and Terceira.

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Research for REGI on Gold-Plating in the European Structural and Investment Funds

Gold-plating describes additional rules and regulatory obligations that go beyond the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) requirements set out at European Union (EU) level, and that make the implementation of ESIF more costly and burdensome for programme bodies and beneficiaries.

The study analyses gold-plating in all five funds and discusses the presence, reasons and effects of gold-plating in ESIF. It concludes with pointers for action to reduce gold-plating in the current 2014-2020 and in the post 2020 programming period.

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