and Good Governance
"Low quality of government hinders economic development and reduces the impact of public investment, including that co-financed by cohesion policy."- The 7th Cohesion Report
1.What is good governance?
"Having in place quality institutions and well-functioning administrations is a prerequisite for successful public investment and good services for citizens and businesses. I encourage the Member States and regions to make good use of the results of this work and ensure that the new programmes are well equipped and up and running on day one."
- Elisa Ferreira, Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms
2. How does Cohesion Policy support quality institutions?
- reforms to ensure better legislation, synergies between policies and effective management of public policies, and transparency, integrity and accountability in public administration and spending of public funds;
- development and implementation of human resources strategies and policies;
- enhancing efficiency of administrative services;
- capacity building for stakeholders delivering employment, education, health and social policies, and sectoral and territorial pacts to mobilise for reform at national, regional and local level:
- enhancing the capacity of stakeholders, such as social partners and non-governmental organisations, to help them delivering more effectively their contribution in employment, education and social policies;
- the development of sectoral and territorial pacts in the employment, social inclusion, health and education domains at all territorial levels.
- Strengthening institutional capacity and the efficiency of public administrations and public services related to the implementation of ERDF and in support of actions in institutional capacity and in the efficient public administration supported by the ESF, including where necessary the provision of equipment and infrastructure to support the modernisation of public services in areas such as employment, education, health, social policies and customs.
- Administrative capacity related to European Territorial Cooperation.
How is this support allocated by Member State?
How are Member States performing?
3. Technical Assistance
Overview of Technical Assistance categories
Use of Technical Assistance in the Member States
The picture varies significantly and depends very much on the relative allocation of funding to given Member State. Another important specificity is the existence in certain countries of a stand-alone programme (as in the case of Poland or Romania), entirely co-financed by TA, as opposed to TA priorities included in "normal" investment programmes.
4. Support from the Commission
- the provision of training for experts from Member States about ESI Funds rules and regulations, seminars on anti fraud and corruption measures linked to the management of the funds;
- the EU Competency Framework for assessing ant tackling skill gaps in the administration;
- the Integrity Pacts - a tool for civic monitoring of EU-funded projects;
In profile: Peer 2 peer
TAIEX-REGIO PEER 2 PEER propose three types of exchange where practitioners from one administration meet their peers in another country to transfer knowledge, learn different practices and work together on common challenges.
As a complement to this, the REGIO Communities of Practitioners allow for longer-term exchange between administrations. The communities gather practitioners from the entire EU and develop long-term discussions around specific topics. A facilitator helps the practitioners to organise their meetings, while a blog, a newsletter and social media help sharing information and ideas.
5. Empowering citizens for Cohesion Policy
- E-mail: REGIO-E1-ADMINISTRATIVE-CAPACITY@ec.europa.eu
- Text: February 2020
- Cohesion Policy and Good Governance