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ATLANTIC AREA PROGRAMME

2014-2020
Approved Cooperation Programme

October 2015


SECTION 1. STRATEGY FOR THE COOPERATION PROGRAMME'S CONTRIBUTION TO THE UNION STRATEGY FOR SMART, SUSTAINABLE AND INCLUSIVE GROWTH AND THE ACHIEVEMENT OF ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND TERRITORIAL COHESION 5

(2)1.1 Strategy for the cooperation programme's contribution to the Union strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and to the achievement of economic, social and territorial cohesion 5

(3)1.1.1 Description of the cooperation programme’s strategy for contributing to the delivery of the Union strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and for achieving economic, social and territorial cohesion. 5

(4)a) Analysis of the socio-economic situation of the Programme Area 5

(5)b) SWOT Analysis 14

(6)c) Programme needs and challenges 16

(7)d) Programme Strategy 21

(8)1.1.2 Justification for the choice of thematic objectives and corresponding investment priorities, having regard to the Common Strategic Framework, based on an analysis of the needs within the programme area as a whole and the strategy chosen in response to such needs, addressing, where appropriate, missing links in cross- border infrastructure, taking into account the results of the ex-ante evaluation 25

(9)1.2 Justification of the financial allocation 29

SECTION 2. PRIORITY AXES 32

SECTION 2.A. Description of the priority axes other than technical assistance 32

(10)PRIORITY AXIS 1 – STIMULATING INNOVATION AND COMPETITIVENESS 33

(11)2.A.1 Priority Axis 33

(12)2.A.2 Justification for the establishment of a Priority Axis covering more than one thematic objective 33

(13)2.A.3 Fund and calculation basis for the Union support 33

(14)2.A.4/1b - Investment Priority 1b 33

(15)2.A.5/1b - Specific Objectives corresponding to the investment priority 1b and expected results 34

(16)2.A.6/1b - Actions to be supported under the investment priority 1b 37

(17)2.A.6.1 Description of the type and examples of actions to be supported and their expected contribution to the specific objectives, including, where appropriate, identification of the main target groups, specific territories targeted and types of beneficiaries 37

(18)2.A.6.2 Guiding principles for the selection of operations 41

(19)2.A.6.3 Planned use of financial instruments 43

(20)2.A.6.4 Planned use of major projects 43

(21)2.A.6.5 Output indicators for investment priority 1b 43

(22)2.A.7 Performance framework for Priority Axis 1 44

(23)2.A.8 Categories of intervention for Priority Axis 1 45

(24)2.A.9 Summary of the planned use of technical assistance including, where necessary, actions to reinforce the administrative capacity of authorities involved in the management and control of the programmes and beneficiaries and, where necessary, actions for to enhance the administrative capacity of relevant partners to participate in the implementation of programmes 46

(25)PRIORITY AXIS 2 – FOSTERING RESOURCE EFFICIENCY 46

(26)2.A.1 Priority Axis 46

(27)2.A.2 Justification for the establishment of a Priority Axis covering more than one thematic objective 47

(28)2.A.3 Fund and calculation basis for the Union support 48

(29)2.A.4/4a - Investment Priority 4a 48

(30)2.A.5/4a - Specific Objectives corresponding to the investment priority 4a and expected results 48

(31)2.A.6/4a - Actions to be supported under the investment priority 4a 50

(32)2.A.6.1 Description of the type and examples of actions to be supported and their expected contribution to the specific objectives, including, where appropriate, identification of the main target groups, specific territories targeted and types of beneficiaries 50

(33)2.A.6.2 Guiding principles for the selection of operations 53

(34)2.A.6.3 Planned use of financial instruments 53

(35)2.A.6.4 Planned use of major projects 53

(36)2.A.6.5 Output indicators for investment priority 4a 53

(37)2.A.4/6g - Investment Priority 6g 54

(38)2.A.5/6g - Specific Objectives corresponding to the investment priority 6g and expected results 54

(39)2.A.6/6g - Actions to be supported under the investment priority 6g 56

(40)2.A.6.1 Description of the type and examples of actions to be supported and their expected contribution to the specific objectives, including, where appropriate, identification of the main target groups, specific territories targeted and types of beneficiaries 56

(41)2.A.6.2 Guiding principles for the selection of operations 58

(42)2.A.6.3 Planned use of financial instruments 58

(43)2.A.6.4 Planned use of major projects 58

(44)2.A.6.5 Output indicators for investment priority 6g 59

(45)2.A.7 Performance framework for Priority Axis 2 59

(46)2.A.8 Categories of intervention for Priority Axis 2 60

(47)2.A.9 A summary of the planned use of technical assistance including, where necessary, actions to reinforce the administrative capacity of authorities involved in the management and control of the programmes and beneficiaries and, where necessary, actions for to enhance the administrative capacity of relevant partners to participate in the implementation of programmes 61

(48)PRIORITY AXIS 3 – STRENGTHENING THE TERRITORY’S RESILIENCE TO RISKS OF NATURAL, CLIMATE AND HUMAN ORIGIN 62

(49)2.A.1 Priority Axis 62

(50)2.A.2 Justification for the establishment of a Priority Axis covering more than one thematic objective 62

(51)2.A.3 Fund and calculation basis for the Union support 62

(52)2.A.4/5b - Investment Priority 5b 62

(53)2.A.5/5b - Specific Objectives corresponding to the investment priority 5b and expected results 63

(54)2.A.6/5b - Actions to be supported under the investment priority 5b 64

(55)2.A.6.1 Description of the type and examples of actions to be supported and their expected contribution to the specific objectives, including, where appropriate, identification of the main target groups, specific territories targeted and types of beneficiaries 64

(56)2.A.6.2 Guiding principles for the selection of operations 66

(57)2.A.6.3 Planned use of financial instruments 66

(58)2.A.6.4 Planned use of major projects 66

(59)2.A.6.5 Output indicators for investment priority 5b 66

(60)2.A.7 Performance framework for Priority Axis 3 67

(61)2.A.8 Categories of intervention for Priority Axis 3 68

(62)2.A.9 A summary of the planned use of technical assistance including, where necessary, actions to reinforce the administrative capacity of authorities involved in the management and control of the programmes and beneficiaries and, where necessary, actions for to enhance the administrative capacity of relevant partners to participate in the implementation of programmes 69

(63)PRIORITY AXIS 4 – ENHANCING BIODIVERSITY AND THE NATURAL AND CULTURAL ASSETS 69

(64)2.A.1 Priority Axis 69

(65)2.A.2 Justification for the establishment of a Priority Axis covering more than one thematic objective 69

(66)2.A.3 Fund and calculation basis for the Union support 69

(67)2.A.4/6d - Investment Priority 6d 69

(68)2.A.5/6d - Specific Objectives corresponding to the investment priority 6d and expected results 70

(69)2.A.6/6d - Actions to be supported under the investment priority 6d 71

(70)2.A.6.1 Description of the type and examples of actions to be supported and their expected contribution to the specific objectives, including, where appropriate, identification of the main target groups, specific territories targeted and types of beneficiaries 71

(71)2.A.6.2 Guiding principles for the selection of operations 74

(72)2.A.6.3 Planned use of financial instruments 74

(73)2.A.6.4 Planned use of major projects 74

(74)2.A.6.5 Output indicators for investment priority 6d 74

(75)2.A.4/6c - Investment Priority 6c 75

(76)2.A.5/6c - Specific Objectives corresponding to the investment priority 6c and expected results 75

(77)2.A.6/6c - Actions to be supported under the investment priority 6c 77

(78)2.A.6.1 Description of the type and examples of actions to be supported and their expected contribution to the specific objectives, including, where appropriate, identification of the main target groups, specific territories targeted and types of beneficiaries 77

(79)2.A.6.2 Guiding principles for the selection of operations 79

(80)2.A.6.3 Planned use of financial instruments 79

(81)2.A.6.4 Planned use of major projects 79

(82)2.A.6.5 Output indicators for investment priority 6c 79

(83)2.A.7 Performance framework for Priority Axis 4 80

(84)2.A.8 Categories of intervention for Priority Axis 4 81

(85)2.A.9 A summary of the planned use of technical assistance including, where necessary, actions to reinforce the administrative capacity of authorities involved in the management and control of the programmes and beneficiaries and, where necessary, actions for to enhance the administrative capacity of relevant partners to participate in the implementation of programmes 82

SECTION 2.B. A description of the Priority Axis for technical assistance 83

(86)PRIORITY AXIS 5 – TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE 83

(87)2.B.1 Priority Axis 83

(88)2.B.2 Fund and calculation basis for the Union support 83

(89)2.B.3 Specific Objectives and expected results 83

(90)2.B.4 Result indicators 86

(91)2.B.5 Actions to be supported and their expected contribution to the specific objective 86

(92)2.B.5.1 Description of actions to be supported and their expected contribution to the specific objectives 86

(93)2.B.5.2 Output indicators expected to contribute to results 89

(94)2.B.6 Categories of intervention 90

SECTION 3. THE FINANCING PLAN OF THE COOPERATION PROGRAMME 91

(95)3.1 Financial appropriation from the ERDF 91

(96)3.2.A Total financial appropriation from the ERDF and national co-financing 91

(97)3.2.B Breakdown of the financial plan per Priority Axis and thematic objective 92

SECTION 4. INTEGRATED APPROACH TO TERRITORIAL DEVELOPMENT 93

(98)4.1 Community-led local development 93

(99)4.2 Integrated actions for sustainable urban development 93

(100)4.3 Integrated Territorial Investment (ITI) 93

(101)4.4 Contribution of planned interventions to Sea basin strategies 93

SECTION 5. IMPLEMENTING PROVISIONS FOR THE COOPERATION PROGRAMME 96

(102)5.1 Relevant authorities and bodies 96

(103)5.2. Procedure for setting up the Joint Secretariat 98

(104)5.3. A summary description of the management and control arrangements 98

(105)5.3.1. Joint implementation structure and division of tasks 98

Network of National Correspondents 102

The competent authorities in Spain, France, Ireland, Portugal and the United Kingdom shall appoint a National Correspondent (NC) of the Programme in their respective countries. 102

Each year, meetings between MA/JS and National correspondents to discuss programme issues shall be promoted. Meetings shall be coordinated by the MS holding the Programme MC presidency with the support of the MA. 102

Contacts between MA/JS and National Correspondents and feedback to them on a regular basis shall be guaranteed. 102

(106)5.3.2. Assessment and selection of operations 103

Project generation 103

The MA, the JS and National Correspondents, shall take all appropriate steps to widely publicise and promote the programme strategy, providing information and support to mobilise key players at an early stage, including those relatively unaware of transnational territorial cooperation so far, through communication campaigns and events. Innovative project ideas will be identified and made accessible allowing partner searches and the generation of new partnerships. 103

According to the specific characteristics of each call for proposals, an appropriate application pack will be prepared containing all procedures, guidance and manuals and adequate templates to assist partnerships. It will be widely circulated and made public through the Programme’s Web Platform. 103

Project application procedure 103

Under the supervision of the MA, the JS is responsible to manage dematerialised application procedures and assist projects applicants 103

The JS shall elaborate and publish the information and application pack, downloadable from the Programme website. The pack shall include the necessary guidance to assist project partnerships in the preparation of their application, including an indicative model of the contract between project partners. The pack shall also include a standard application form, the use of which shall be mandatory for all applicants. Detailed information about the calls for project proposals, the content of the information and application pack, the project application procedure and the arrangements for its implementation will be available to all applicants through the programme manual. 103

Assessment and selection of project applications, resolution of complaints 103

The detailed assessment procedure, including the set of admissibility conditions and selection criteria, as well as specific provisions possibly applying to project proposals submitted following the launch of targeted, specific call for proposals or a strategic framework, will be defined by the Programme Monitoring Committee. 103

Project applications shall be submitted by the Lead Partner to the JS within the deadline specified in the call for project proposals. 104

The JS shall acknowledge receipt of project applications and coordinate the procedure leading to the submission of project assessment reports to the Monitoring Committee. Thereafter, the JS will carry out the eligibility assessment, including compliance with admissibility conditions, compatibility with national laws, regulations and policies following consultation of National Correspondents. Eligible projects will be assessed by the JS on the basis of the predefined technical selection criteria, with the assistance of independent evaluators when required, should the Monitoring Committee so decide. The proposed projects shall be scored against the agreed set of selection criteria and ranked on a transnational basis. 104

On the basis of the assessment reports, the Monitoring Committee shall consider in due course all the applications received by the JS and make a decision on the selection of the project to be financed. 104

Project applicants will be informed in writing about the reasons why an application was not eligible or approved. Complaints related to the selection process will be examined according to the specification of the call for projects and the complaint procedure to be established by the MC without prejudice of the right of unsuccessful candidates to administrative and judicial review in compliance with article 74 (3) CPR 104

Complaints related to MC, MA or JS decisions and to management controls and supervisions performed at national level throughout project implementation shall be handled according to the rules to be established by the MC in the framework of the complaint procedure. 104

(107)5.3.3. Signature of the document setting out the conditions of support of operations 104

The MA shall prepare and issue a Subsidy contract to confirm the decision of the Monitoring Committee; it will set out the conditions of funding as well as the project beneficiaries’ financial and legal responsibilities. The subsidy contract will also clearly state that the Lead Partner and the project partners will produce and make available all documents to any authorised body of the EU, the Member State or to the Audit Authority, the Certifying Authority, the MA or Joint secretariat, for control and audit purposes, in compliance with Article 140 of Regulation (EU) No 1303/2013. The contract will also refer to the control systems set up by the Atlantic Area Programme. Provisions for the right to administrative and judicial review in compliance with article 74 (3) CPR will be included in the subsidy contract. 104

(108)5.3.4. Arrangements for management verifications and related quality controls 104

(109)5.3.5. Organisation of audits 105

(110)5.4. Apportionment of liabilities among the participating Member States in case of financial corrections imposed by the Managing Authority or the Commission 106

(111)5.5. Use of the Euro (where applicable) 107

(112)5.6. Involvement of partners 108

(113)5.6.1 Role of partners in the preparation of the cooperation programme 108

The WG consists of representatives of national authorities from the five participating MS, the MA, the JS, representatives of the CCDR-N (Portugal) and the EC. The external technical assistance hired to assist in the elaboration of the cooperation programme and the ex-ante evaluators took part in the process of the cooperation programme preparation. The WG 2014-2014 met on 13 occasions before the formal submission of the cooperation programme to the EC. 108

Within the cooperation programme drafting process, a combination of sources and documents have been analysed and a number of organisations and partners have been consulted with the aim of identifying the main internal and external variables and factors, which will characterise the design of the Programme’s strategy. 108

(114)5.6.2. Role of partners in the implementation of the cooperation programme (including their involvement in the MC) 111

SECTION 6. COORDINATION 113

(115)6.1. Coordination with other ESI Funds and other Union Instruments 113

(116)6.2. Coordination with relevant National Funding Instruments 116

(117)6.3. Coordination with EIB 117

SECTION 7. REDUCTION OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE BURDEN FOR BENEFICIARES 118

SECTION 8. HORIZONTAL PRINCIPLES 121



(118)8.1 Sustainable development 121

(119)8.2 Equal opportunities and non-discrimination 122

(120)8.3 Equality between men and women 123

SECTION 9. SEPARATE ELEMENTS 125

(121)9.1 Major projects to be implemented during the programming period 125

(122)9.2 The performance framework of the cooperation programme 125

(123)9.3 List of relevant partners involved in the preparation of the cooperation programme 126

(124)9.4 Applicable programme implementation conditions governing the financial management, programming, monitoring, evaluation and control of the participation of third countries in transnational and interregional programmes through a contribution of ENI and IPA resources 127

ANNEXES 128

(125)I. Draft report of the ex-ante evaluation, with an executive summary 129

(126)II. Report on the relevance of the Strategic Environmental Assessment 129

(127)III. Confirmation of agreement in writing to the contents of the cooperation programme 129

(128)IV. Map of the area covered by the cooperation programme 129

(129)V. NUTS regions covered by the cooperation programme 129

(130)VI. Output and Results Indicators – Conceptual Framework 129

(131)VII. Citizens’ summary of the cooperation programme 129

(132)VIII. Analysis of the socio-economic situation of the programme area (including maps and figures) 129

(133)IX Glossary 129

(134)X Acronyms 129

(135)XI Bibliography 129


List of Tables

(1)



CCI




Title

Atlantic Area 2020 Transnational Cooperation Programme

Version

1

First year

2014

Last year

2020

Eligible from




Eligible until




EC decision number




EC decision date




MS amending decision number




MS amending decision date




MS amending decision entry into force date




NUTS regions covered by the cooperation programme

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