Back to the project overview

Coordination and harmonisation of ESI Funds and other EU Instruments

Client

European Commission

Year

2018

Als PDF anzeigen

There have been many positive results from reforms made to the design and operation of the 2014–20 European Structural and Investment (ESI) Funds, such as the introduction of the Common Provisions Regulation. Nevertheless coordination in implementation remains a challenge.

This is the conclusion of a study by Prognos and KPMG for the European Commission.

The study assessed the coherence, complementarity and coordination (3Cs) within the European Structural and Investment (ESI) Funds, and between these funds and other EU instruments, covering grants and financial instruments, under central and shared management.

Three major strategies were identified that could improve the operation of the 3Cs:

  1. To further harmonise financial and implementation rules to realise more complementarities between funds and simplify the implementation process.
  2. To promote clearer demarcation between funds to increase coherence.
  3. To improve clarity in the information on funding opportunities available to beneficiaries, Managing Authorities and other stakeholders, in order to improve coordination.

Furthermore, the report presents a set of key findings and options for consideration as part of the impact assessment for the post-2020 period.

Method

The report is based on evidence from some 238 interviews, 32 focus group meetings, over 250 documents and two expert workshops.

Background

The European Structural and Investment Funds contribute to strengthening the economic, social and territorial cohesion of the European Union and promoting growth and employment. They are supposed to make regions and cities more competitive, create new jobs and support sustainable development.

Read the study (PDF)

Read the Op-Ed by Prognos CEO "Was Brüssels Förderpolitik von Online-Reiseportalen lernen kann" (in German only)

Website of the European Commission

Authors:

Dr. Jan-Philipp Kramer, Holger Bornemann, Moritz Schrapers, Mirjam Buck et al. (Prognos AG); Olaf Buske, Andras Kaszap et al. (KPMG), Paul Jeffrey und Jim Fitzpatrick (externe Experten)

Do you have questions?

Your contact at Prognos

Dr Jan-Philipp Kramer

Principal, Head of EU-Services

View profile

Holger Bornemann

Partner, Director

View profile

Our work on this topic

Take a look at our latest projects and activities.

Europaflagge im Wind

National Policies and Cohesion

2020

Together with experts of the Politecnico di Milano and the Technopolis Group, Prognos researched trends of national and regional disparities.

Fernrohr mit Blick über einen See in der Schweiz.

Main Determinants of Regional Economic Resilience

2019

What was the impact of the great recession on EU regions? Prognos Consultant Neysan Khabirpour contributed to a recent European Commission Working Paper.

Arbeiter bedient eine elektrische Müllsortierungsanlage

CIRCTER – Circular Economy and Territorial Consequences

2019

An investigation into the economic structure of the regional Circular Economy in Europe

Studenten lernen in der Bibliothek

Benefits & effects of COST for Germany

2019

COST promotes networking activities. An important effect of COST: the cooperation and harmonisation of European research.

Vier Personen sehen sich Diagramme auf Papier und einem Tablet an

Extension of the ex-ante avaluation of the EFRE subordinated loan fund

2018

The needs of SMEs, freelancers and start-ups in Saarland for loans financed by EU funds were investigated by Prognos experts in an ex-ante evaluation of the ERDF subordinated loan fund commissioned by the Saarland Ministry of Economic Affairs.

Arbeiter bedient eine elektrische Müllsortierungsanlage

Hazardous Waste Management in EU Member States

2015

Support to Member States in improving hazardous waste management based on as

Adobe Stock - CleverStock

About us

Prognos – Providing Orientation.

Prognos is one of the oldest economic research centres in Europe. Founded at the University of Basel, Prognos experts have been conducting research for a wide range of clients from the public and private sectors since 1959 – politically independent, scientifically sound.

Learn more