In close cooperation, KPMG and Prognos have evaluated several Cohesion Policy programmes on behalf of Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy, which were conducted from 2007 to 2013 in all 28 EU member states. According to the ‘Ex-Post Evaluation – Delivery System (Work Package 12)’, most programmes performed well in terms of implementation, selecting and carrying out projects – the main exceptions being Romania and Croatia which as newer member states experienced some teething problems. However, projects were often selected as much for their ability to absorb funding as for their contribution to desired impacts in the region. The ‘Ex-Post Evaluation – Large enterprises (Work Package 4)’ focused on the support of large enterprises in eight EU Member States. Based on a novel evaluation technique, the authors analysed under which conditions the support of large enterprises reached the desired effects and developed recommendations for future large firm support under Cohesion Policy. As a main recommendation, future support programmes should be more selective, focusing on attracting investment from third countries, inducing benefits for small and medium-sized enterprises and local economies thus helping mid-caps obtain financing and growth.
Autor: Dr. Jan-Philipp Kramer
Kunde: European Commission, DG REGIO
Bereich: Economy & Innovation