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Legislative Proposals for the future Cohesion Policy 2014-2020 Bulgarian Positions

Dobrinka Krasteva Министерство на финансите

Programming of EU Funds Directorate Council of Ministers

Cohesion Package 2014-2020

A set of six legislative proposals on the EU Cohesion Policy for 20142020      

Common Provisions Regulation Proposal European Regional Development Fund Regulation Proposal European Social Fund Regulation Proposal Cohesion Fund Regulation Proposal European Territorial Cooperation Regulation Proposal Proposal to amend Regulation 1082/2006 on European Groupings for Territorial Cooperation

Published by the Commission on 06.10.2011 The national positions on the regulations were approved by the European Affairs Council on 15.11.2011

The draft regulations and the national positions are published on Министерство на финансите

General Position

Acknowledgement of the role of the Structural funds for achieving the economic, social, and territorial cohesion of the regions in the EU

Effective management of the funds without additional administrative burden for the beneficiaries and the delivery structures

Flexibility for Member States to implement Cohesion policy while taking account of local needs

We do not support the proposed ceiling of 2,5% of GDP for the national Cohesion allocations as it is not in line with the solidarity Министерство на финансите principle

Common Provisions Regulation

Bulgaria supports the adoption of a Common Strategic Framework, which unites the Structural Funds and the Cohesion Fund, the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (CSF funds)

Support for the key role of the CSF funds in achieving the goals of the Europe 2020 strategy by focusing on 11 thematic objectives

Support for the introduction of ex ante conditionalities as a guarantee for the effective implementation of the future programmes

Министерство Support for the introduction of macroeconomic conditionalities, на финансите which will have a disciplining effect on Member States

Common Provisions Regulation - 2

We do not support the possibility for increased co-financing rate for Member States with temporary financial difficulties because of the de-motivating effect of the measure

We do not support the introduction of a 5% performance reserve, as the proposed mechanism will not lead to more effective implementation of programmes

We support the proposed instruments for territorial development (Community-led Local Development and Integrated Territorial Investments)

Министерство We support the extended scope of financial instruments for the на финансите next period

Общ регламент - 3

Support for multifund programmes financed by the Structural and the Cohesion Funds

We do not support the transfer of funds from the Cohesion Fund to the Connecting Europe Facility

General support for the Joint Action Plans

Support for the suggested rates of co-financing for the CSF funds in the less developed regions, objection to current proposed rate of 75% for the ERDF for cooperation programmes Министерство на финансите

European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and Cohesion Fund (CF) Regulations

General support for the scope of support of the 2 funds and the investment priorities with some comments:  Investments for reduction of greenhouse emissions  Tourism, marginalized communities, and investment infrastructure as priorities for the ERDF

We do not support the concentration requirement for 50% of the ERDF funds to be allocated to thematic objectives 1, 3, and 4 as we consider it will restrict the programming of the funds

We support sustainable urban development as a specific priority for the ERDF and the establishment of an Urban Development Platform Министерство на финансите

European Social Fund Regulation

General support for the scope of support of the 2 funds and the investment priorities with some comments :  Investments for improving the quality of education  Investments in labour market institutions

Support for the proposed concentration requirement of 20% for the Promoting social inclusion and combating poverty thematic objectives

We do not support the proposed concentration requirement at OP level of 60% of funds on up to 4 investment priorities as we consider it a limiting requirement

Министерство Support for access of NGOs to resources with no mandatory на финансите allocation of resources for capacity building of NGOs

European Social Fund Regulation - 2

Support for mandatory allocation of funds to promote equal opportunities and non-discrimination,

We do not support mandatory investments to promote gender equality

General support for social innovations and transnational cooperation

General support for proposed simplified cost options for the ESF Министерство на финансите

European Territorial Cooperation Regulation

Support for a separate European Territorial Cooperation regulation

Support for proposed concentration of programmes on up to 4 thematic objectives and possibility for a sole project beneficiary

Support for eligibility rules at EU level, as well as for establishing eligibility rules for the programme territory by the Monitoring Committee

Support for merging the functions of the Managing Authority and the Certifying Authority на финансите Министерство We suggest that each Member State is able to authorize the

Managing Authority to perform verifications on its territory

European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation (EGTC)

Support for extending the scope of the regulation to allow participation of third countries in EGTC

We do not support the proposal of the EC to introduce a “Silent

Consent System” that allows the establishment of an EGTC in the absence of justified objections of the national bodies within reasonable time

We suggest introducing a uniform approach to the responsibility of the partners where the national rules of the participants in the EGTC differ Министерство на финансите


The EC is expected to publish a draft version of the Common Strategic Framework in February 2012 and consultations on the document with the stakeholders can begin.

The draft regulations are expected to be approved by the Council and the Parliament in the end of 2012.

It is suggested that the Common Strategic Framework is adopted by the EC up to 3 months after the adoption of the General Provisions Regulation, but a majority of Member States prefer that it is adopted by the Council and the Parliament as an annex to the regulation. Министерство на финансите

Thank you for your attention!

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