Danube Region Network Meeting of Managing Authorities (ERDF+CF)
The preparation phase of the 2021-2027 programming period offers a unique opportunity for all EU programmes to address territorial challenges more strategically, through more coordinated and synergized actions stressing the European added value of funding, and encourage a dialogue between those involved in the programming process and macro-regional strategies. This embedding exercise is equally relevant for Cohesion Policy Funds in EU Member States as for EU programmes in non-EU countries (essentially IPA and NDICI – former ENI).
The relevant references of the proposal by the COM for a new CPR, ERDF regulations as well as regulations relevant for IPA and NDICI and their implementing regulations recognise the necessity to include macro-regional priorities in the planning and programming documents from the very beginning, and to identify challenges with macro-regional relevance.
This requires upgrading the level of coordination among countries, notably among national/regional authorities responsible for ESIF, IPA and NDICI planning and programming.
In the course of the 9th EUSDR Annual Forum, a meeting of EUSDR National Coordinators with Managing Authorities from the Danube Region took place. The meeting aimed to facilitate exchange on EU fund support to the implementation of the EUSDR and initiate networking between national and regional managing authorities (MAs) responsible for European Structural and Investment Funds and IPA/NDICI funds.
Such meetings between managing authorities from the Danube Region could become a permanent tool for coordinating/monitoring the implementation of macro-regional actions (and then projects) included in the operational and national programmes. To streamline the discussion process and to offer as much common focus as possible 2-3 meetings with / of MA are scheduled. 1. ERDF & CF managing authorities, 2. Meeting of ESF managing authorities Network, 3. IPA and NDICI managing authorities.
In the first meeting, we kindly invite managing authorities responsible for ERDF & CF funds to a workshop on embedding the EUSDR into EU Funding Programmes. The workshop includes sufficient time for discussion and exchange between MAs, who are the target group of the workshop. The agenda is complemented by short presentations and information from the EC and the EUSDR (incumbent Presidency and Danube Strategy Point), who serve as process facilitators.