EUROPEAN STRATEGIES – STRUCTURAL FUNDS

This page details key documents for the 2014-2020 European and Structural Funds programme. General information on this process in developing this overall programme can be found on the European Commission website (here)

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England’s ERDF Operational Programme Approved July 2015

Web page here

Download here

Executive Summary here

Smart Specialisation Strategy for England April 2015

Download here

Letter from Lord Ahmad on Governance Arrangements for ESIF download here February 2015

Which as I read it means very limited local decision making for LEPs.

UK’s Partnership Agreement October 2014 

Details and downloads here and summary here

Common Strategic Framework

This document translates the objectives of EU2020 and its flagship projects plus previous reviews of Cohesion policy into strategic guidelines for the future funding period

COMMISSION STAFF WORKING DOCUMENT  (14/3/2012)
Elements for a Common Strategic Framework 2014 to 2020  (here)

Annexes (here)

COMMISSION STAFF WORKING DOCUMENT   (12/4/2012)
The partnership principle in the implementation of the Common Strategic Framework
Funds – elements for a European Code of Conduct on Partnership

(here)

Finalised EU Structural Fund Regulations 2014-2020 Programmes

Common Provisions regulation here

ERDF Regulation here

ESF regulation here

Cohesion Fund Regulation here

EAFRD fund here

Partnership Code of Conduct  here

6th Cohesion Report Summer 2014

Download here

UK Government Guide to the state Aids General Block Exemption here (July 2014)

Partnership Agreement

This document will be drawn up by the EC and the UK (and other Governments) and will outline what the structural funds are seeking to achieve in the UK. The work on this is ongoing currently (July 2013). The Government is seeking to submit the partnership agreement to the EC by December 2013.

Partnership Agreement Draft Template (here)  Hosted on the West Midlands European Service Website

UK’s Draft Partnership Agreement April 2o14

Details and  downloads here

UK’s Partnership Agreement October 2014 

Details and downloads here and summary here

England’s  Draft ERDF Programmme 2014-20 Consultation

Web page and downloads here

England’s Draft ERDF Programme 2014-2020  (all 467 pages!) August 2014

Download here

England’s Draft ESF Programme 2014-20 Consultation 

Web page and downloads here

Community Led Local Development

Draft Guidance on the Community Led Local Development (here) (30/1/13) Hosted on the West Midlands European Service Website

Integrated Territorial Initiatives

Presentation on Integrated Territorial Initiatives  (here)

Social Innovation

Social Innovation is a key new element to the delivery of the structural funds. Social innovation is about new ideas that work to address pressing unmet needs. Innovations that are both social in their ends and in their means. Social innovations are new ideas (products, services and models) that simultaneously meet social needs (more effectively than alternatives) and create new social relationships or collaborations (Open Book of Social Innovation, Murray, Calulier-Grice and Mulgan, March 2010)

A Guide to Social Innovation (here)

and a range of resources (here)

Smart Specialisation

There is a whole host of information on Smart Specialisation. A short summary guide can be found (here)

Far more information can be found (here)

Presentation on Smart Specialisation made by Kevin Richardson (BIS). This is not finalised but talks about how the LEPs can approach S3  June 2013 (here)

Presentation given by Marek  Prezeor  from DG Regio on October 17th 2013 at the Belfast Conference on Smart Specialisation here  It is very large but really full of interesting content.

Webcast  plus slides of an EU Open Days session on the role of Higher Education in Smart Specialisation – with John Goddard from Newcastle University

Webcast here

Presentations here   you will; need to search for smart specialisation as there are a number of people who spoke at this session.

Connecting Smart and Sustainable growth through Smart Specialisation – European Commission Guide November 2012

How to link sustainability actions and research through an S3 approach.

download here

England’s Approach to S3

England’s Draft Smart Specialisation Strategy July 2014

Download here

A presentation as part of a ‘Peer Review’ process – download here  (February 2014)

OECD’s Study: Innovation-driven Growth in Regions: The Role of Smart Specialisation (2013) – download here

UK Government – BIS Advice

Initial Guidance to Local Enterprise Partnerships was issued in March 2013 – outlining the role of LEPs

Details (here)

Further guidance and the allocated sums to each LEP are expected in early July 2013

Supplementary Guidance

This guidance to LEPs was issued on 19th July 2013

EU Output Definitions (here)

BIS Opt in Prospectuses  (here)

Detail Guidanceon the 10 Thematic Objectives (here)

Growth Deals – initial Guidance for local Enterprise Partnerships (here)

I have included this link as the EU funding strategies have to link closely with these wider strategies

Briefing Note from David Marlow – LGIU

A useful summary of where England is at with the ERDF and ESF programming work. Here

(only available to Local Authority staff/members signed up to the LGIU)

EAFRD LEP Allocations  (20th December 2013)

Download here

Draft EU SIF LEP Strategies

1) London LEP

Web page here

Download here 

2) Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP

Web Pagehere

Download here

Download final version here

3) Dorset LEP

Web page  here

Download here

4) Heart of the South West LEP

Web page here

Download here

Final Version Web Page here

Download here

5) Cornwall and Isles of Scilly LEP 

Web page here

Download here

Download Final Version here

6) The Marches LEP

Web page here

Download here

Download Final Version here

7) South East Midlands LEP

Web page here

Download here

Download Final Version here

8) New Anglia LEP

Web page here

Download here

Download Final Version here

Download Final Version here

9) The Black Country LEP

Web page  here

Download here

Download Final Version here

10) Oxfordshire  LEP

Website here

Download here

11) Buckinghamshire Thames Valley LEP

Web page here

Download here

Download Final here

12) Liverpool City Region LEP

Web page here

Download here

Download Final here

13) Stoke and Staffordshire LEP

Web page here

Download here

Download Final here

 14) Tees Valley LEP

Web page here

Download here

Download Final here

15) South East LEP

Web page here

Download here

Download Final here

16) D2N2 LEP

Web page here

Download here

Download Final here

17) Humber LEP

Web page here

Download here

Download Final here

18) Leeds City Region LEP

Download here

Download Final here

19) Leicester and Leicestershire LEP

Web page here

Download here

Download Final here

20) Enterprise M3 LEP

Web page here

Download here

Download Final here

21) Oxfordshire LEP

Web page here

Download here

Download Finalhere

22) Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough LEP 

Web page here

Download here

Download Final here

23) Coast to Capital LEP

Web page here

Download here

Download Final here

24) Northamptonshire LEP

Web page here

Download here

25) Sheffield City Region LEP

Web page here

Download here

Download Final here

26) Worcestershire LEP

Web page here

Download here

Download Final here

27) Hertfordshire LEP

Web page here

Download here

Download Final here

28) Greater Lincolnshire LEP

Download here  (I think this is final)

29) North East LEP

Web Page here

Download here

30) Coventry and Warwickshire

Web Page here

Download here

Download Final here

31) Cheshire and Warrington

Web Page here

Download here

32) Greater Manchester

Download here

33) York, North Yorkshire and East Riding LEP

Download here

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9 comments

  1. Nice use of graphics in Cornwall and the SI patrick….

  2. I also like the way Cornwall and Liverpool bind together their activities in big themes…..

  3. ps we tried a similar approach in the Humber….

    1. Must have a look at your work……hope all is well

  4. Pernille · · Reply

    Some very interesting submissions – Cornwall is well worth a read! Thanks for pulling together.

    1. Hi Pernille, Thanks and good to hear from you. I will take a look at Cornwall’s. This has been a collective approach through LinkedIn
      Patrick

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  6. ERDF expert · · Reply

    An interesting and useful website. Thank you Patrick.

    The elephant in the room is that if LEPs don’t have sufficient procurement and state aid law expertise, then they haven’t got a chance in hell of achieving their objectives.

    Once LEPs realise this, there is going to be an almighty bun fight to secure staff who understand these areas of compliance.

    1. Thanks. You can see there shortage of expertise in that many used external consultants to help write their strategies. I think some LEPs will let the local growth teams make the running – even if the LEPs have a pretence of fronting it and other will join together to bring in the necessary skills. I think this latter option is the only sensible way forward for many who want to try and fight of the centralising factors that will be in play. So as an example it would make sense for Greater Birmingham’s programme team to be shared with the Black Country’s. I think pragmatism will have to rule.the day. Patrick

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