Πολιτική Συνοχής 2007 – 13: Η Επιτροπή εγκρίνει την εθνική στρατηγική της Κύπρου

Cohesion policy 2007-2013: Commission approves the national strategy and priorities for Cyprus
Regional policy Commissioner Danuta H?bner and Employment and social affairs Commissioner Vladim?r ?pidla congratulated the Cypriot authorities for reaching agreement with the European Commission on the national plan and priorities for Cohesion policy 2007-2013. In their National Strategic Reference Framework (NSRF) the Cypriot authorities describe how they are going to invest EU funding of € 612 million that they will receive over seven years to deliver growth and jobs to their regions. The adoption procedure has now been completed and the European Commission issued its decision on elements of the Cypriot plan, including priorities, indicative annual allocations, and list of operational programmes.

Regional policy Commissioner Danuta H?bner and Employment and social affairs Commissioner Vladim?r ?pidlaexpressed their satisfaction at the policy mix and priorities chosen by Cyprus for Cohesion policy implementation in 2007-2013.
«I am very happy that the Cyprus’ NSRF includes a significant commitment to the Lisbon strategy for jobs and growth. 58.9% of the investment has been «earmarked» for Lisbon related expenditure. This is the proof of Cyprus’ commitment to the Lisbon Strategy. I am confident that we can make an important contribution to improving the competitiveness of Cypriot regions through this new generation of cohesion programmes», said Danuta H?bner.

Commissioner ?pidla added:»The Cyprus strategy contains a strong commitment to promoting the quality and intensity of investments in human resources. This shows once again that more and better jobs lie at the heart of the European reform agenda. With the priorities chosen by Cyprus, workers will be able to better adapt to changing circumstances. The strategy will also boost employment and promote social inclusion.»

The NSRF, negotiated over the past few months, sets out in broad terms how Cyprus will use € 612 M EU resources in the next seven years to deliver growth and jobs (http://ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/atlas2007/fiche/cy_en.pdf).)

The NSRF presents a good policy mix, which puts the accent on sectors which are important to key policies of the Union. The underlying objective of the NSRF is the achievement of real convergence with the EU through high rates of sustainable economic development. Cyprus’ priorities for 2007-2013, as set out in the NSRF, are to strengthen the productive base of the economy and to provide support to enterprises, to promote the Knowledge Society, RTD and Innovation, to enhance the life-long learning system and the increase of employment and training opportunities for young people, to invest in environment, transport and energy infrastructure and to develop sustainable communities.

Cyprus intends to translate the broad priorities contained in the NSRF into two operational programmes. The first – Sustainable Development and Competitiveness – will receive funding from the European Regional Development Fund and the Cohesion fund, the second entitled Employment, Human Capital and Social Cohesion will receive funding from the European Social Fund.
Now that negotiations have been successfully concluded on the wider framework document, the individual programmes and the indicative annual allocation from each fund will be adopted by the Commission soon. Cyprus has already begun negotiations on the content of its operational programmes.
Timely adoption of the NSRF can only work in Cyprus’ favour as the sooner its operational programmes are adopted, the sooner implementation can begin on the ground.
In drawing up their NSRFs, all Member States must take account of the Community guidelines for 2007-2013 which place particular emphasis on innovation, research and technological development, the information society, environmental protection, renewable energy sources and creating more and better jobs. The NSRF must also tie-in closely with Member States’ national reform programmes which set out the measures they will implement to deliver the Lisbon jobs’ and growth strategy.

Further information about European Regional Policy available at:
http://ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/index_en.htm

Further information about European Employment, Social affairs and Equal opportunities Policies is available at:
http://ec.europa.eu/employment_social/index_en.html

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