Monitoring Committee, Rome 14 June 2017

Rome – 15 June 2017. The third meeting of the Supervisory Committee of the NOP Governance and Institutional Capacity 2014-2020, dedicated to the examination of the various aspects of the Programme’s progress during the year gone by since the last appointment, was held yesterday.

A dense day of work with the participation of the Administrations directly involved in the management and implementation of the Programme, the European Commission – DG Employment and DG Regio – the designated members and the representatives of the partnership.

The Committee reviewed, discussed and finally approved the Annual Implementation Report for 2016, containing – as provided by the regulatory provisions – informative sections regarding the implementation of the assessment plan, the results of information and communication measures and the modes of partnership involvement.

This latter aspect was at the centre of numerous interventions aimed at enhancing the contribution offered by participated work methods in the implementation of public development policies. The Managing Authority informed the Committee on the launch of a “permanent laboratory” of the Programme Partnership whose first appointment is scheduled for 6 July.

Regions were also strongly interested in the topic of the relationship with the territory, in gathering the requirements emerging from the various local contexts and in ensuring the constant coordination between the TO11 interventions foreseen at national level and territorial planning.

Concerning the state of progress of the Programme, the Management Authority presented am framework updated to 30 April 2017: 25 projects admitted to financing totalling approximately 230 million euro allocated – accounting for more than 27% of the overall financial envelope.

The outlook of implementation for the forthcoming months of 2017 shows 14 project initiatives “ready for commencement”, that is at an advanced investigation stage, within the framework of Axes 1, 2 and 3 of the Programme for an estimated total amount of 185 million euros. In this way, the amount of resources activated at the end of 2017 would reach approximately 415 million euros, equalling half of the overall financial envelope.

Regarding the initiatives “ready for commencement” under the ownership or direction of the Managing Authority, the project SISPRINT – Sistema Integrato di Supporto alla PRogettazione degli Interventi Territoriali (Integrated Support System for the Planning of Territorial Interventions), resulting from an inter-institutional collaboration between the Agency for Territorial Cohesion and Unioncamere (the Italian Union of  Chambers of Commerce) to strengthen the capacity of local administrations in promoting more tailor-made enterprise and territory support projects, and the project Support for the implementation and monitoring of Smart Specialisation Strategies were presented to the attending public.

Among the new projects, the Department for Public Administration presented FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) Centre of Competence on Transparency and open government, and RiformAttiva (ActiveReform in English) for the implementation of the reform measures foreseen by the Madia Law.

The Ministry of Justice, another Intermediate Body of the Programme, underlined the importance of the next six months in the acceleration of the implementation phase of digital justice interventions, particularly with the launch of a project regarding the Online Civil Trial, which foresees a financial envelope of approximately 15 million euros.

The year 2017 will be a pivotal one, as also mentioned during the speeches of the European Commission’s DG Employment, of the Certifying Authority and the Audit Authority, where past (with the closure of the 2007-2013 programming period), present (with everyday work on the Programme’s implementation), and future (with upcoming commitments in view of intermediate targets and of expenditure compliance targets to be fulfilled within the end of 2018) encounter.