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Strengthening European territorial cooperation

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Strengthening European territorial cooperation

SUMMARY OF:

Regulation (EU) No 1299/2013 - support from the European Regional Development Fund for European territorial cooperation

SUMMARY

WHAT DOES THE REGULATION DO?

It sets out the objectives, criteria and funds available under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) for 2014-20 with specific reference to European territorial cooperation (ETC) - one of the goals of EU regional policy.

KEY POINTS

Overall aims

European territorial cooperation (ETC) is a core objective of EU regional policy and is financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The regulation describes the background and general principles of ETC and specifies the scope of the ERDF in achieving the objectives of territorial cooperation for the period 2014-20.

The aim of ETC is to encourage regions and cities from different EU countries to work together and learn from each other through joint programmes, projects and networks.

ETC programmes come in 3 types:

cross-border cooperation: financing joint projects implemented directly at EU borders, for example between neighbouring land or maritime border-regions, or a region in at least one EU country and non-EU country on the external borders of the EU. These regions in non-EU countries must not be covered by programmes under the EU's external financial instruments;

transnational cooperation programmes: involve national, regional and local partners over larger areas of cooperation, such as the Baltic Sea Region;

interregional cooperation: all EU countries are eligible to participate in projects of this type. It includes projects and networks for the exchange of experience and good practice between regional and local bodies in different countries. These projects aim to ensure that cohesion policy resources are applied effectively.

Management of programmes

As ETC programmes consist of a group of EU countries and sometimes non-EU countries, they are managed by a body jointly designated by the participating countries.

Reporting

Regulation (EU) 2015/207 lays down the detailed rules that managing authorities need to follow for drawing up the annual and final implementation reports.

Budget

The budget within the ERDF for ETC is €8.9 billion over the 2014-20 period. The contribution to the 3 main types of programme is broken down as follows:

cross-border cooperation: €6.6 billion;

transnational cooperation: €1.8 billion;

interregional cooperation: €500 million.

List of cooperation programmes

Commission Implementing Decision 2014/366/EU sets out the list of cooperation programmes and the amount of ERDF support for each programme.

BACKGROUND

The ERDF is 1 of 5 European Structural and Investment Funds that work together to support economic, social and territorial cohesion and deliver the objectives of the EU's Europe 2020 strategy to generate smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.

ACT

Regulation (EU) No 1299/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 December 2013 on specific provisions for the support from the European Regional Development Fund to the European territorial cooperation goal

REFERENCES

Act

Entry into force

Deadline for transposition in the Member States

Official Journal

Regulation (EU) No 1299/2013

21.12.2013

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OJ L 347, 20.12.2013, pp 259-280

RELATED ACTS

Regulation (EU) No 1303/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 December 2013 laying down common provisions and general provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund, the Cohesion Fund, the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and laying down general provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund, the Cohesion Fund and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and repealing Council Regulation (EC) No 1083/2006 (OJ L 347, 20.12.2013, pp. 320-469)

Regulation (EU) No 1301/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 December 2013 on the European Regional Development Fund and on specific provisions concerning the investment for growth and jobs goal and repealing Regulation (EC) No 1080/2006 (OJ L 347, 20.12.2013, pp. 289-302)

Regulation (EC) No 1082/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 5 July 2006 on a European grouping of territorial cooperation (EGTC) (OJ L 210, 31.7.2006, pp. 19-24). See consolidated version.

Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No 480/2014 of 3 March 2014 supplementing Regulation (EU) No 1303/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down common provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund, the Cohesion Fund, the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and laying down general provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund, the Cohesion Fund and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (OJ L 138, 13.5.2014, pp. 5-44). See consolidated version.

Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No 481/2014 of 4 March 2014 supplementing Regulation (EU) No 1299/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council with regard to specific rules on eligibility of expenditure for cooperation programmes (OJ L 138, 13.5.2014, pp. 45-50)

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 288/2014 of 25 February 2014 laying down rules pursuant to Regulation (EU) No 1303/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down common provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund, the Cohesion Fund, the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and laying down general provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund, the Cohesion Fund and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund with regard to the model for operational programmes under the investment for growth and jobs goal and pursuant to Regulation (EU) No 1299/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council on specific provisions for the support from the European Regional Development Fund to the European territorial cooperation goal with regard to the model for cooperation programmes under the European territorial cooperation goal (OJ L 87, 22.3.2014, pp. 1-48)

Commission Implementing Decision 2014/366/EU of 16 June 2014 setting up the list of cooperation programmes and indicating the global amount of total support from the European Regional Development Fund for each programme under the European territorial cooperation goal for the period 2014 to 2020 (OJ L 178, 18.6.2014, pp 18-25). See consolidated version.

Commission Implementing Decision 2014/388/EU of 16 June 2014 setting up the list of regions and areas eligible for funding from the European Regional Development Fund under the cross-border and transnational components of the European territorial cooperation goal for the period 2014 to 2020 (OJ L 183, 24.6.2014, pp. 75-134)

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 184/2014 of 25 February 2014 laying down pursuant to Regulation (EU) No 1303/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down common provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund, the Cohesion Fund, the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and laying down general provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund, the Cohesion Fund and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund, the terms and conditions applicable to the electronic data exchange system between the Member States and the Commission and adopting pursuant to Regulation (EU) No 1299/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council on specific provisions for the support from the European Regional Development Fund to the European territorial cooperation goal, the nomenclature of the categories of intervention for support from the European Regional Development Fund under the European territorial cooperation goal (OJ L 57, 27.2.2014, pp. 7-20).

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 821/2014 of 28 July 2014 laying down rules for the application of Regulation (EU) No 1303/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards detailed arrangements for the transfer and management of programme contributions, the reporting on financial instruments, technical characteristics of information and communication measures for operations and the system to record and store data (OJ L 223, 29.7.2014, pp. 7-18)

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/207 of 20 January 2015 laying down detailed rules implementing Regulation (EU) No 1303/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the models for the progress report, submission of the information on a major project, the joint action plan, the implementation reports for the Investment for growth and jobs goal, the management declaration, the audit strategy, the audit opinion and the annual control report and the methodology for carrying out the cost-benefit analysis and pursuant to Regulation (EU) No 1299/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the model for the implementation reports for the European territorial cooperation goal (OJ L 38, 13.2.2015, pp. 1-122)

last update 12.10.2015

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