Synergies with the ESIF

Synergies between the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation and European Structural and Investment Funds is a key topic since the preparation of Horizon 2020 based on the need to convey European funds in a strategic way with the objective of strengthening the social and economic impact of R&I results.

At the current state of play, the Horizon Europe proposal under negotiation, as well as the other concerned Programmes of the Multi-annual Financial Framework 2021-2027, are trying to open and create different hooks in order to enable and simplify the convergence of EU Funds. For the preparation of the next programming period, the Common Provision Regulation (ruling the 7 funds included in the Cohesion Policy) is going through a revision process and the new Operative Programmes are still under preparation.

ERA-LEARN wants to help to bring about the conditions for more synergistic use of European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) in order to support national participation in the next European Partnerships.

In particular, we intend to support all relevant stakeholders, especially Managing Authorities, in addressing the issue of synergies between ESIF and the next European Partnership by providing advice and concrete tools for the drafting of future operational programmes.

The work carried out consists of the following steps:

  • Desk research allowed the collection of a waste literature on best practices and case studies which in any case will not be fully replicable in the future.
  • Interviews with responsible representatives for the establishment of new European Partnership and Regional Authorities S3 representatives

The Commission services entitled for the Cohesion Policy are the most involved in enabling synergies since the key of the process stems from the Structural funds programs.

In the last programming period, the S3 Smart Specialisation Strategies, which are defined at national and regional level though a bottom up approach (Entrepreneurial Discovery Process), became the enabling condition for the use of the structural funds, including the Interreg programme. For the next programming period, new bridges have been conceived, still under discussion, for enabling the use of regional national resources from ESI funds outside the Programmes territories.

It becomes extremely important to create dialogue and knowledge sharing involving all the actors operating in different areas of interest and with different funding instruments.

Several barriers have been identified as main hurdles for the implementation of synergies in the rules and regulations of the current programming period which will probably affect the next period as well. These barriers can be categorised into three different levels: Regulatory barriers; Organisational barriers; Attitudinal barriers.

Overcoming those barriers is a key element which implies a common effort from all stakeholders: research centres, managing authorities, companies and NGOs.

An open dialogue among all the stakeholders involved, especially during the drafting and negotiation of Structural Funds programmes may be beneficial for creating a synergistic funding landscape for European Partnerships by bringing on the surface the needs of stakeholders to the Managing authorities and stimulate the creation of  provisions that enable synergies among Funds regulations and Operative Programmes.

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Report on the potential Coordination between European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) and transnational P2P

ERA-LEARN developed an report on the potential coordination between European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) and transnational P2P with the aim to help to bri ...

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