EU support for productive investments in businesses – greater focus on durability needed

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Publication Date 12/04/2018
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Generating durable results through EU funds beyond the end of the projects is important to enable positive impacts for the beneficiaries and the regions concerned. Between 2000 and 2013, the ERDF earmarked over 75 billion euro for productive investments in enterprises. We found that for a significant share of the audited projects, the results were not or only partially durable. We concluded that this was mainly due to a lack of emphasis by the Commission and national / regional authorities on the durability of results in the management at both the programme and the project level: whether at the design phase of the operational programmes or at selection, monitoring and evaluation phases. The regulatory framework for the 2014 to 2020 period has introduced improvements regarding durability. We make recommendations addressing the gaps persisting in view of enhancing the durability of results in future EU productive investments.

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ECA New, 12.04.18: EU support for productive investments in business needs greater focus on durability

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