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Feasibility study for a potential use of budget support in the delivery of ESI funds

The overall objective of this study is to assess the advantages and disadvantages of a potential use of budget support for the delivery of parts of the ESI Funds, and to assess the feasibility of the delivery mechanism based on budget support to cohesion policy, including its legal set-up.  Results of this study should serve as a preparation of the policy proposals for post-2020 ESI Funds and related impact assessments. The Commission wishes to identify and assess alternative delivery mechanisms for cohesion policy while maintaining the objectives of the 2014-2020 reform. The study is organised around six main tasks: 1) Methodological report; Overview of Budget Support as aid modality; 3) Potential value added of the use of Budget Support by the ESI Funds; 4)Regularity, legality, sound financial management and the fight against fraud; 5) A framework for the application of budget support delivery system in ESI Funds; 6) Assessment of the main benefits and costs of the use of Budget Support in the ESI Funds. Methodological tools adopted to carry out this study include: literature review, semi-structured interviews with donors and international financial institutions, case studies, cost-benefit analysis of different options, assessment of risks, workshop to disseminate results.

Client: European Commission, Directorate General Regional and Urban Policy, 2015-ongoing.

Leader: Ramboll (DK) Partner: Ecorys (NL)

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