European Commission Perspectives on the 2014-2020 Partnership Agreements & Programmes: A Comparative Review of the Commission’s Position Papers

Carlos Mendez, John Bachtler, Kaisa Granqvist

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In late 2012, the European Commission sent a ‘Position Paper’ to each Member State containing the
position of the Commission Services on the development the Partnership Agreement (PA) and
Operational Programmes (OPs) in each country for the period 2014-2020. The stated purpose of the
Position Papers is to provide a framework for dialogue on the new PAs and OPs before the formal
negotiations. Each paper sets out the key country-specific challenges and presents the Commission
Services' preliminary views on the main funding priorities for the country concerned for ‘growth
enhancing public expenditure’. The following paper provides a comparative overview of the Commission’s
Position Papers covering all Member States in order to provide insights on how the Commission assesses
the main challenges and policy priorities for the 2014-20 period. The paper begins with an overview of the
main development challenges identified by the Commission. This is followed by a review of the proposed
priorities for funding, including the thematic objectives and associated country-specific recommendations.
The next section examines the Commission’s views on ex-ante conditionality and added value. The final
section reviews the proposed changes to governance arrangements, including: the programme architecture;
coordination arrangements; horizontal principles; partnership; financial management, audit and control;
administrative capacity; and monitoring and evaluation. A final section provides a critical assessment of the
Position Papers.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationGlasgow
PublisherUniversity of Strathclyde
Number of pages90
ISBN (Print)1871130905
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2013


  • European policy
  • cohesion
  • regional aid

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