Technical Assistance

In this page you will find information on:

  • Technical Assistance at the initiative of the Member State.
  • Technical Assistance at the initiative of the Commission.

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Technical Assistance at the initiative of the Member State

Common Provision Regulation (EU) No. 1303/2013 (CPR): Article 59 and 119 ‘Technical Assistance at the initiative of the Member States’

At the initiative of a Member State, the ESI Funds may support actions for preparation, management, monitoring, evaluation, information and communication, networking, complaint resolution, and control and audit. The ESI Funds may be used by the Member State to support actions for the reduction of administrative burden on beneficiaries, including electronic data exchange systems, and actions to reinforce the capacity of Member State authorities and beneficiaries to administer and use those Funds. The ESI Funds may also be used to support actions to reinforce the capacity of relevant partners in line with point (e) of Article 5(3) and to support exchange of good practices between such partners. These actions referred to in this paragraph may concern previous and subsequent programming periods (Article 59 CPR).

The Commission released a Draft Guidance Fiche for Programming of Technical Assistance at the initiative of the Member State (Version 2 – 25.06.2014).

The aim of the guidance is to set out how technical assistance should be programmed in the context of operational programmes under cohesion policy. This guidance also elaborates on how technical assistance can be used, based on issues raised during the programming period 2007-2013, and how actions supported from technical assistance should be distinguished from those undertaken under thematic objective 11 “Enhancing institutional capacity and an efficient public administration”.

Note:  Technical assistance is not included under Thematic objective 11, it constitutes a self-standing element which is not part of the menu of thematic objectives.  As per Article 119(6) CPR, Technical Assistance must be programmed as one or several specific priority axis (axes) within programmes and/or as a specific programme dedicated solely to technical assistance.

Technical assistance can be used for:

  • Actions linked to the functions necessary for the implementation of the ESI Funds. For the ERDF, ESF and Cohesion Fund these functions are fulfilled by the managing authority, the certifying authority, the audit authority, the intermediate bodies fulfilling delegated functions and Monitoring Committees.
  • actions to reduce the administrative burden of beneficiaries linked to the ESI Funds.
  • capacity building of Member State authorities and beneficiaries to use the ESI Funds. Technical assistance should not be used for capacity building actions which are not linked to the administration and use of the ESI Funds.
  • capacity building of relevant partners involved in the implementation of partnership and actions to support exchange of good practices between such partners.

The use of technical assistance must always be directly related to the effective and efficient management of the ESI Funds concerned.

While it may be used to support capacity building, such actions should be aimed at increasing the capacity of the authorities and beneficiaries to manage and implement ESI Funds.

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Technical Assistance at the initiative of the Commission

Common Provision Regulation (EU) No. 1303/2013 (CPR): Article 58 and Article 118 ‘Technical Assistance at the initiative of the Commission’.

Improving how funds are invested and managed:

The Commission provides support to Member States in order to help them make the best possible use of the Cohesion Policy funding, and to address problems with implementation. This support has been reinforced for the 2014-2020 funding period.

More information:

Directorate General for Internal Policies: Policy Department B, Structural and Cohesion Policies.  Authors: Filipa Azevedo and Diána Haase (September 2016).  Research for REGI Committee – Technical Assistance at the initiative of the Commission.