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Regulation (EU) 2021/1060 laying down common provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund Plus, the Cohesion Fund, the Just Transition Fund and the European Maritime, Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund and financial rules for those and for the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund, the Internal Security Fund and the Instrument for Financial Support for Border Management and Visa Policy
Known as the Common Provisions Regulation, it sets out a set of common financial rules applying to the following sources of European Union (EU) funding, as well as additional common provisions for the funds marked with an asterisk (*):
5 policy objectives
The ERDF, the ESF+, the Cohesion Fund and the EMFAF support the following policy objectives:
The funds should contribute to the mainstreaming of climate actions and to the achievement of an overall target of 30% of the EU budget expenditure supporting climate objectives. In particular, EU Member States must provide information on how they are supporting environment and climate objectives, with their contribution to the overall target expressed as a percentage of their total ERDF and Cohesion Fund allocation. If there is insufficient progress towards reaching these targets, the Member State and the European Commission agree on remedial measures in the annual review meeting.
Member States and the Commission implement the budget allocations based on the following principles.
Each Member State prepares a partnership agreement setting out how they intend to make effective and efficient use of the ERDF, the ESF+, the Cohesion Fund, the JTF and the EMFAF for the 2021–2027 period.
In cooperation with partners, Member States prepare programmes for funding for 2021–2027 to be submitted to the Commission no later than 3 months after submitting the partnership agreement. The regulation details rules on the following programming aspects:
The integrated territorial development approach is strengthened and can be supported through any of the following forms:
At the Commission’s initiative, the funds may support preparatory, monitoring, control, audit, evaluation, communication, visibility, administrative and technical assistance to implement the regulation and, where appropriate, in non-EU countries.
At the initiative of a Member State, the funds may support actions for the effective administration and use of the funds, including capacity building of partners and preparation, training, management, monitoring, evaluation, visibility and communication.
Member States set up a system to allow them to monitor, report on and evaluate performance, consisting of:
Each Member State sets up a monitoring committee within 3 months of a programme being approved. The committees meet at least once a year to review progress towards achieving the programme objectives. The Member State determines the composition of the committee and must ensure a balanced representation of the relevant bodies and partner representatives.
Each member of the monitoring committee shall have a vote. The rules of procedure regulate the voting rights and the details on the procedure in the monitoring committee.
Commission representatives participate in a monitoring and advisory capacity.
Annual review meetings between the Commission and each Member State are organised to examine the performance of each programme.
Member States or their managing authorities evaluate the programmes, using functionally independent experts, with the aim of improving programme quality and implementation.
The Commission carries out its own midterm evaluation of each fund by the end of 2024 and a retrospective evaluation by 31 December 2031. The evaluations are based on the following criteria:
Evaluations may also take into account inclusiveness, non-discrimination and visibility.
In addition, Member States must carry out for each programme an evaluation to assess their impact by 30 June 2029.
Each Member State shall ensure both the visibility of support in all activities relating to operations supported by the funds, and the communication to EU citizens of the role and achievements of the funds through a single website portal providing access to all programmes involving that Member State.
In particular, beneficiaries and bodies implementing financial instruments shall acknowledge support from the funds in line with the rules set out by the regulation; if they fail to do so, the managing authority is entitled to apply measures and cancel up to 3% of the support from the funds to the concerned operation.
EU financial contribution may take any of the following forms:
Member States use the funds to provide support to beneficiaries in the form of grants, financial instruments or prizes (or a combination thereof).
Eligibility of expenditure is determined by national rules, except where there are specific rules in this regulation or fund-specific regulations.
The following costs are not eligible for a contribution from the funds:
Fund-specific regulations may identify additional costs that are not eligible for a contribution from the particular fund.
Management and control
Member States shall have effectively functioning management and control systems for their programmes and are responsible, among others, for:
The Commission must, among others:
The managing authorities are responsible, among others, for:
The regulation sets out detailed rules for audits carried out by national audit authorities, including:
The regulation sets out detailed rules, including for:
iThe ERDF, the ESF+ and the Cohesion Fund support the investment for jobs and growth goal allocated in all NUTS level 2 regions established by Regulation (EC) No 1059/2003, as amended by Regulation (EU) 2016/2066 (see summary).
In particular, the resources from the EDRF and the ESF+ are allocated to the following 3 categories of regions:
The Cohesion Fund supports those Member States whose gross national income (GNI) per capita, measured in purchasing power standards (PPS) and calculated on the basis of EU figures for the period 2015–2017, is less than 90% of the average GNI per capita of the EU-27 for the same reference period.
The regulation also details the following:
It has applied since 1 July 2021.
See also associated legislation:
For more information, see:
Regulation (EU) 2021/1060 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 24 June 2021 laying down common provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund Plus, the Cohesion Fund, the Just Transition Fund and the European Maritime, Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund and financial rules for those and for the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund, the Internal Security Fund and the Instrument for Financial Support for Border Management and Visa Policy (OJ L 231, 30.6.2021, pp. 159–706)
Regulation (EU) 2021/1139 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 7 July 2021 establishing the European Maritime, Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund and amending Regulation (EU) 2017/1004 (OJ L 247, 13.7.2021, pp. 1–49)
Regulation (EU) 2021/1056 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 24 June 2021 establishing the Just Transition Fund (OJ L 231, 30.6.2021, pp. 1–20)
Regulation (EU) 2021/1057 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 24 June 2021 establishing the European Social Fund Plus (ESF+) and repealing Regulation (EU) No 1296/2013 (OJ L 231, 30.6.2021, pp. 21–59)
Regulation (EU) 2021/1058 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 24 June 2021 on the European Regional Development Fund and on the Cohesion Fund (OJ L 231, 30.6.2021, pp. 60–93)
Regulation (EU) 2021/1059 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 24 June 2021 on specific provisions for the European territorial cooperation goal (Interreg) supported by the European Regional Development Fund and external financing instruments (OJ L 231, 30.6.2021, pp. 94–158)
last update 25.08.2021