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Position Paper Croatia 2014 - 2020

Position Paper Croatia 2014 - 2020

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Published by: Vlada Republike Hrvatske on Feb 07, 2013
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Position of the Commission Services on the development of Partnership Agreementand programmes in the Republic of CROATIA for the period 2014-2020
 
 
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Table of Contents
 
 
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NTRODUCTION
 
Acknowledging the signature of the Accession Treaty between Croatia and the MemberStates of the European Union, the Commission services have prepared this PositionPaper in anticipation of accession of the Republic of Croatia to the EU to enable timelyprogramming of EU funds’ investments for the 2014-2020 period.The European Union faces the daunting challenge of emerging from the crisis and puttingeconomies back on a sustainable growth path. The strategy for recovery entails restoringsound public finances, growth-enhancing structural reforms and targeted investmentsforgrowth and jobs. For the latter, the European Structural and Investment (ESI) funds
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canmake an important contribution to sustainable growth, employment and competitivenessand increase the convergence of less developed Member States and regions with the restof the Union.To ensure that the ESI funds deliver long-lasting economic and social impacts, theCommission has proposed a new approach to theuse of the funds in its proposal for the
2014-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework
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. Strong alignment with policy prioritiesof the Europe 2020 agenda, macroeconomic and ex-ante conditionality, thematicconcentration and performance incentives are expected to result in more effectivespending. It is an approach that underlines the need for strong prioritisation and resultsaway from a culture of entitlement. The ESI funds will thus provide an important sourceof public investment and serve as a catalyst for growth and jobs by leveraging physicaland human capital investment while they serve as an effective means to support theimplementation of the
Country Specific Recommendations
issued in the context of theEuropean Semester. The Commission will propose the first recommendations afteraccession.ESI Funds should aim at jointly fostering
competitiveness, convergence andcooperation
by setting the right country-specific investment priorities. A general
refocusof spending
towards research and innovation, support to SMEs, ICT, quality educationand training, inclusive labour markets fostering quality employment and social cohesion,delivering the highest productivity gains, mainstreaming of climate change objectivesand shifting to a resource-efficient low carbon economy is necessary. In order to do so,planning and implementation of ESI funds have to break through artificial bureaucraticboundaries in the next programming period and develop a strong
integrated approach
 for mobilizing synergies and achieving optimal impact both within countries and acrossborders. The Europe 2020 objectives must be mainstreamed across the different ESIFunds, each of them bringing their contribution to smart, sustainable and inclusivegrowth. Moreover, ESI Funds have a key role to play in supporting financial instrumentsthat can
leverage private investment
and thus multiply the effects of public finance. Inshort, we need a carefully targeted and results oriented use of ESI funds that maximisestheir combined impact.The purpose of this position paper is to set out
the framework for
dialogue between theCommission services and Croatia on
the preparation of the Partnership Agreement
 
and Programmes
which will start early in 2013. The paper sets out the key countryspecific challenges and presents the Commission Services' preliminary views on the main
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The EU funds covered by the Common Strategic Framework (CSF), i.e. the European RegionalDevelopment Fund (ERDF), the European Social Fund (ESF), the Cohesion Fund (CF), the EuropeanAgricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF)
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COM (2011) 500 final, COM (2011) 398 final and COM (2012) 388 final.

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