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EU Guide to Cost-Benefit Analysis of Investment Projects

The EU CBA Guide is intended to be an operational manual, supporting the Evaluation Unit as well as the geographical Units of the DG Regional Policy, other Commission Services and Member States, in their need to assess and check the completeness and appropriateness of the applications to EU Funds received by the applicant.

CSIL has worked on different editions of the Guide, each one providing updates and an augmented texts, building on the experience gained through the dissemination of the previous versions. A further improvement and updating is currently ongoing. This will significantly expand the sector-specific guidelines for CBA and offering various methodological shortcuts and rule of the thumbs on calculation of benchmarks and application of the main tools and techniques for project assessment.

  • CSIL worked in cooperation with Jaspers, which gained much experience in the application of the EU CBA Guide (2008) during 2007-13 programming period, in order to
  • Incorporate into the guide the developments of EU policies (EU 2020, smart and sustainable growth etc., sector-specific policies, and cross cutting issues such as demographic or climate change), including the provisions of the new Structural Funds Regulations under which major investment projects will be co-financed during the 2014-2020 programming period;
  • Improve, simplify and clarify (where necessary) guidance to project promoters in terms of methodological support by highlighting good practices, frequent errors etc., case studies and other worked examples and explanations, drawing from international literature and real major project applications from the 2007-13 programming period;
  • Complete the Guide with sectors not already covered (or not fully covered).

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Client: European Commission, DG Regional and Urban Policy

Years: 2013 – 2014


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