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Europeiska kommissionen antar partnerskapsavtal med Frankrike om att använda EU:s struktur- och investeringsfonder för tillväxt och sysselsättning under perioden 2014–2020

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original_shutterstock_82709926Europeiska kommissionen har antagit ett partnerskapsavtal med Frankrike som anger strategin för optimal användning av Europeiska strukturfonderna och investeringsfonder in the country’s regions and cities for 2014-2020. This agreement paves the way for France’s return to recovery and growth, and its transformation into a productive economy. It sets out how a total of 15.9 miljarder i finansiering från sammanhållningspolitiken (till löpande priser, inklusive finansiering från europeiskt territoriellt samarbete) och 11.4bn for rural development is to be invested in the country’s real economy. France will receive 588 miljoner från European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF).

EU:s investeringar är avsedda att skapa hållbara högkvalitativa jobb för att bekämpa arbetslöshet och öka tillväxten genom att stödja innovation, koldioxidsnål ekonomi samt utbildning i både städer och landsbygdsområden. De kommer också att främja entreprenörskap, bekämpa social utslagning och ge ett viktigt bidrag till en miljövänlig och resurseffektiv ekonomi.

De europeiska struktur- och investeringsfonderna (ESI-fonderna) i Frankrike omfattar följande:

Commenting on the adoption, Regional Policy Commissioner Johannes Hahn said: The investment plan adopted by France today will allow it to continue on the path to economic recovery and renewed growth for the coming decade. This partnership agreement reflects the commitment of both the European Commission and France to make the most of EU funding and ensure the French economy gets back on track. According to the new Cohesion Policy, the strategic focus of our investments must be on the real economy, sustainable growth and human capital. However, quality rather than speed is the main objective. In the coming months, we will be working together to develop the operational programmes to guarantee the best results for financing from the European Structural and Investment Funds for 2014-2020. Commitment is needed from both sides to ensure that good quality programmes are put in place.”

Commissioner Hahn added: “This agreement lays the foundations for a new growth model in France, thanks to EU investments. The adoption of the Partnership Agreement comes just at the right time to support France in its efforts. Important strategic choices have been made to invest in SME competitiveness and innovation, the creation of sustainable jobs and the fight against unemployment through the strengthening of capacity-building and the development of human resources, together with energy performance, information and communication technologies, risk prevention and environmental protection. The agreement also provides for investments addressing the needs of France’s six outermost regions. All these major strategic choices will yield results in the near future. France has made wise choices, setting its investment priorities accordingly. Sectors such as innovation (smart specialization) and energy (production of renewable energy, the improvement of energy performance, sustainable urban mobility) are essential for ensuring future growth in France.”

Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion Commissioner László Andor pointed out: “I wish to congratulate France for having concluded its partnership agreement in close cooperation with the Commission. I am very happy to see that more than 6 miljarder från Europeiska socialfonden kommer att investeras i mänskliga resurser. 1.2bn of this amount will be earmarked for France’s outermost regions. The ESF will focus on the country’s most vulnerable people. Almost one third of all funding will be dedicated to social inclusion and the fight against poverty. Early school-leavers, older workers, the long-term unemployed and young people will benefit from actions with national coverage to support access to jobs, the modernisation of the labour market institutions and the prevention of school drop-out. The ESF will also help the French regions to meet their specific needs in terms of continuing education, vocational training and entrepreneurship, fields in which they now have greater responsibility.”

Agricultural and Rural Development Commissioner Dacian Cioloș said: “This partnership agreement with France is an important step towards elaborating and implementing a successful rural development policy in France, facilitating coordination and synergies with the other EU Funds and thereby making investments more efficient. France’s agriculture and rural areas have great potential and many strengths, but also face considerable challenges. The partnership agreement acknowledges the important role which can be played by agriculture and the agri-food industry in economic recovery, while creating the conditions to protect the country’s natural resources and solve social problems in rural areas. It is now up to France to propose ambitious, balanced and well-targeted rural development plans which will allow farmers and rural areas to meet these challenges.”

Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Commissioner Maria Damanaki declared: “Through the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF), we wish to create the conditions to allow French businesses, local communities and fishermen to make their activities more socially, economically and environmentally sustainable. We wish to help the fisheries and aquaculture sectors in France to strengthen their competitiveness, stimulate employment and worker mobility and promote resource efficiency. France will thus be able to contribute to economic growth and create the new jobs which Europe needs.”

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