Climate change is a global challenge requiring coordinated work by all countries. In line with the Paris Agreement, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the European 2030 climate & energy framework, the regulations on implementation of EU Funds for the period require 25% of expenditure for supporting climate objectives.
EPRD in-house experts are involved in contributing to this target through assessment of climate action in all the operational programmes for Poland co-funded from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Cohesion Fund (CF). The services are provided for Directorate-General for Climate Action.
EPRD participates in this exercise for the second time, previously assessing all the programmes financed from ERDF, CF and ESF for the 2014-2020 period in terms of their reflecting climate change mitigation and adaptation issues.
Awaiting adoption of the programmes for the period 2021-2027, COWI company leading the implementation of the project, organised a workshop aimed at ensuring a solid and shared understanding of the purpose and scope of the assessment work.
The workshop took place on 16 June 2020 and was attended by the EPRD’s Research and Evaluation Department representatives as well as representatives of DG CLIMA and DG REGIO, COWI project team, country experts and coordinators. The workshop consisted of a full-day webinar with three break-out sessions.
The representative of DG REGIO, Sander Happaerts, presented the progress with programming and related relevant requirements, the process leading up to the adoption of the programmes as well as the role of the European Commission, also in programme implementation.
Claus Kondrup representing the Client, DG CLIMA, presented the climate ambition and the targets, the objectives for the programming phase as well as the purpose and expectations to the programme assessment reports.
COWI representatives presented and discussed the assessment process including manuals, procedures and other tools that will be used during further stages of the project. This involved sharing the lessons learned from the 2014-2020 assessment exercise. In the knowledge sharing session, the country coordinators and experts were invited to share their knowledge on the current programming efforts in their respective countries.
During the final session of the workshop, the participants were divided into three groups where they discussed the specific issues related to the assessment process, in particular appraising the sufficiency of climate expenditure.