The European Commission approved the Interreg Sudoe Programme on the 18th of June 2015 and the Monitoring Committee, held in Toulouse on the 4th of September 2015, validated the Programme launch.
However, the preparation of the Programme started long before. The Interreg Sudoe Programme Working Group has been working on all Programme’s functioning mechanisms since 2013.
This preparation included an ex ante evaluation and an environmental assessment and it is based in several EU regulations.
The ex ante evaluation
The ex ante evaluation and the development of the Programme were carried out simultaneously to ensure the quality of the Programme as a whole. In this regard, the ex ante evaluation analyses Programme’s contributions to the Europe 2020 strategy, the relevance and clarity of the indicators, the consistency of the financial allocations in relation to the objectives and the quality of the management mechanisms. The evaluation report is now available in Spanish. The English, French and Portuguese versions will be available shortly.
The environmental assessment
The strategic environmental assessment meets the requirements of the Directive 2001/42/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of the 27th of June 2001 on the assessment of the effects of certain plans and programmes on the environment. Its main objective is to analyse the possible effects that the Programme could have on the environment and to propose, where appropriate, the measures to mitigate or eliminate this impact.
The Managing Authority submitted the environmental assessment report of relevance and the Programme draft (available in English, Spanish, French and Portuguese) for consultation to the environmental authorities of the four Member States during the period of May to July 2014.
As a result of the consultation, the four environmental authorities established that for all the regions involved in the Southwest Europe space the Interreg Sudoe Programme will not have significant effects on the environment. Therefore, no regular strategic environmental assessment is needed. The main reason stated by the environmental authorities was that the Programme co-finances actions of intangible nature and it promotes the implementation of concrete actions in the field of the environment. You can download here a summary in Spanish of the resolutions adopted by the environmental authorities on the screening out of Interreg Sudoe Programme (table included in the ex ante evaluation report).
The new regulations and the legislation on Cohesion Policy 2014-2020 were finally adopted by the Council of the European Union and published in the Official Journal of the European Union on the 20th of December 2013.
Listed below are the most relevant legal documents for the preparation of the Interreg Sudoe Programme.
REGulation on the ‘EUROPEAN TERRITORIAL COOPERATION GOAL’ (ETC)
Regulation (EU) No 1299/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of the 17th of December 2013 on specific provisions for the support from the European Regional Development Fund to the European territorial cooperation goal.
REGULATION ON THE ERDF
Regulation (EU) No 1301/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of the 17th of December 2013 on the European Regional Development Fund and on specific provisions concerning the Investment for growth and jobs goal and repealing Regulation (EC) No 1080/2006.
REGULATION ON COMMON PROVISIONS ON COHESION POLICY 2014-2020
Regulation (EU) No 1303/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of the 17th of December 2013 laying down common provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund, the Cohesion Fund, the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and laying down general provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund, the Cohesion Fund and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and repealing Council Regulation (EC) No 1083/2006.
REGULATION ON ELIGIBILITY OF EXPENDITURE FOR COOPERATION PROGRAMMES
Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No 481/2014 of the 4th of March 2014 supplementing Regulation (EU) No 1299/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council with regard to specific rules on eligibility of expenditure for cooperation programmes.
Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 821/2014 of the 28th of July 2014 laying down rules for the application of Regulation (EU) No 1303/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards detailed arrangements for the transfer and management of programme contributions, the reporting on financial instruments, technical characteristics of information and communication measures for operations and the system to record and store data.
PREPARATION OF DELEGATED ACTS OF THE IMPLEMENTING REGULATIONS AND OF THE GUIDELINES FOR STRUCTURAL FUNDS 2014-2020
Most parts of these documents are available on the European Commission website.