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European Structural and Investment Funds 2014-2020: Support to higher education

Adam Tyson, European Commission
DG HE, Dublin, 22 April 2013

Support for education: European Social Fund 4. Timeline going forward 2 .Overview 1. The new Structural and Investment Funds: key elements of the new package 2. Support for innovation: European Regional Development Fund 3.

Cohesion Fund (CF) 3 . European Social Fund (ESF) 2. European Agricultural and Development Fund (EARDF) 4.a package of funds A single package comprising: 1. European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) 3."Structural and Investment Funds" 2014-2020 . European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) 5.

"Structural and Investment Funds" 20142020 – shared management EU level EU LEGISLATIVE PACKAGE (Regulations) ERDF. EMFF Operational Programmes for ERDF Operational Programmes for ESF Rural development programmes (EAFRD) Operational Programmes for (EMFF) National level National or regional level Operational Programmes for CF Multifund Operational Programmes for ERDF. ESF. EMFF PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT ERDF. EAFRD. CF. EAFRD. CF 4 . CF. ESF. ESF.

"Structural and Investment Funds" 2014-2020 – key principles Principles guiding design of new funds: • Align EU cohesion policy more closely to the Europe 2020 strategy • Geographical concentration in less developed regions (as now) • Increased thematic concentration in individual programmes on limited number of priorities • Investments part of broader. well-founded strategies (ex-ante conditionality) • Simplify implementation and improve links with other EU programmes 5 .

"Structural and Investment Funds" 20142020 – where? • Less developed regions (GDP per capita < 75% of EU average) • Transition regions (GDP per capita between 75% and 90%) • More developed regions (GDP per capita > 90%) 6 .

0 164.Budget Initial Commission Proposal (billion EUR) Less developed regions Transition regions More developed regions Territorial Cooperation Cohesion Fund Revised Commission breakdown (billion EUR) – April 2013 162.7 68.9 336.1 11.5 8.4 1.6 39.7 0.2 7 Extra allocation for outermost and northern regions Youth Employment Initiative (Top-up) TOTAL .0 53.3 31.7 49.95 66.39 3 325.

Information and communication technologies (ICT) Competitiveness of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) Shift towards a low-carbon economy Climate change adaptation & risk prevention and management Environmental protection & resource efficiency Sustainable transport & removing bottlenecks in key network infrastructures Climate change/energy target 4. Institutional capacity building & efficient public8 administrations .11 Thematic Objectives R&D target (with links to Europe 2020)  1. Social inclusion & combating poverty  10. Employment & supporting labour mobility  9. 3. 5. 7. 6. Education. skills & lifelong learning 11. Employment target Poverty target Education target  8. Research & innovation 2.

early product validation actions. technology transfer. social innovation and public service application. • Supporting technological and applied research. advanced manufacturing capabilities and first production in Key Enabling Technologies and diffusion of general purpose technologies.Thematic Objective on innovation (1) • Enhancing research and innovation infrastructure and capacities to develop R&I excellence and promoting centres of competence. networking. pilot lines. product and service development. clusters and open innovation through "smart specialisation". 9 . • Promoting business R&I investment. in particular those of European interest. demand simulation.

inside / outside the region • Placement of HE graduates in businesses 10 . processes and services (e. • Incoming & outgoing mobility fellowship schemes.g. incubators) • Participation to networks and clusters • Services provided to HEIs: advice IPR (patenting) • Services provided by HEIs: training. consultancy.Thematic Objective on innovation (2) Example activities with HEI involvement: • Building / upgrading infrastructures & equipment • R&I projects for turning knowledge into new products.

efficiency and openness of tertiary and equivalent education with a view to increasing participation and attainment levels" (ESF) • Investment in education infrastructure (ERDF) 11 .Thematic Objective Education. skills and lifelong learning (1) Specific Investment priority on HE: • "Improving the quality.

Thematic Objective Education. skills and lifelong learning (2) Example activities with HEI involvement: • Measures to increase participation from underrepresented groups • Measures aimed at improving the quality and relevance of higher education provision and graduates' transition to the labour market • Infrastructure necessary for the above… • Possibility for actions to complement Erasmus for All: in particular roll-out of Key Action 2 projects 12 .

Youth Employment Initiative • Supports measures set out in the Youth Employment Package: in particular the Youth Guarantee • Builds on Youth Opportunities Initiative • EUR 6 billion for 2014-2020 .open to NUTS2 regions with levels of youth unemployment above 25% in 2012 • Can be used to support graduate employment schemes 13 .

Timeline going forward What? Informal discussions on priorities (draft Partnership Agreements) Final adoption of EU-level legislative package (Common Provisions Regulation + fund Regulations) Member States submit Partnership Agreements Member States submit Operational Programmes Final adoption of Partnership Agreements (Commission Decision on relevant parts) Final adoption of Operational Programmes (Commission Decision on relevant parts) When? On-going now September 2013 October 2013 November 2013 End 2013 First half 2014 14 .