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The Role of Local and Regional Authorities in the Europe 2020 National Reform Programmes

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The Role of Local and Regional Authorities in the Europe 2020 National Reform Programmes

Analysis of the 2012 national reform programmes

This study follows the analysis of the role played by Local and Regional Authorities (LRA) in the first round of National Reform Programme (NRP) submissions in 2011. The 2012 study is based on the same set of questions and evaluation protocol used in 2011. Three additional assessment questions were added to reflect the dynamic nature of Europe's economic and policy landscape, including the pressing need to promote sustainable job growth and the fiscal consolidation of the public sector.

The 2012 study's objectives mirror those of the first, namely:

  • to analyse if and to what extent LRAs were involved in the design of NRPs.
  • to examine whether and to what extent the NRPs comply with the request made by the Commission last year for national authorities to explain:
    • how they plan to involve/have involved LRAs and relevant stakeholders in defining and implementing the NRPs;
    • how they communicate/plan to communicate on Europe 2020 and on their NRPs;
    • the results and their experiences in collecting, sharing and implementing good practices.

The assessment is based on a set of pre-specified answers that measure whether the NRP makes any reference to LRAs in terms of the different ways that LRAs can be involved in the NRP process and the implementation of Europe 2020 action and if so to what extent (e.g. fully, partially, not at all). Each answer category is associated with a point value and a cumulative score is calculated that was used to:

  • analyse the distribution of scores for each assessment question across the NRPs,
  • compare each Member State’s total score against the maximum possible score,
  • compare the Member States’ NRPs with one another, and
  • assess the changes in the involvement of LRAs between the 2011 and 2012 NRP.

As part of the European Semester and the monitoring of the Europe 2020 strategy, the Member States (MS) submit their annual National Reform Programmes (NRP), which specify the progress made and action to be undertaken in areas such as employment, research, innovation, energy or social inclusion in order to meet the goals and targets set out in the Europe 2020 Strategy.


Citation

Srebotnjak, Tanja et al. 2012: Study on the role of local and regional authorities in the Europe 2020 National Reform Programmes – analysis of the 2012 National Reform Programmes. Ecologic Institute, WU/RIMAS, commissioned. ISBN: 978-92-895-0620-5.

Language
English
Author(s)
Markus Hametner
Funding
Publisher
Year
2012
ISBN
978-92-895-0620-5
Dimension
66 pp.
Project ID
2650-04
Table of Contents

Executive Summary
Introduction
Results
1 Introduction
1.1 Background
1.2 Objectives
1.3 Data and Methodology
2 Analysis
2.1 Presentation of the viewpoints of LRAs in the 2012 NRP
2.2 Forms of contribution by LRAs to the drafting of the 2012 NRP
2.3 Consideration of LRA input in drafting the 2012 NRP
2.4 Treatment of written contributions from LRAs in the 2012 NRP
2.5 Territorial Pacts and other multilevel governance agreements
2.6 Role of LRAs in implementing the NRP
2.7 Role of LRAs in monitoring the NRP
2.8 Role of LRAs in mitigating the economic and financial crises
2.9 Description of financial aspects of the activities related to LRAs
2.10 Administrative capacity of LRAs
2.11 Application of subsidiarity and proportionality principles
2.12 Role of LRAs in job creation and fighting youth unemployment
2.13 Additional general results
3 The 2012 NRPs and the seven Europe 2020 Flagship Initiatives
3.1 Smart growth
3.1.1 Digital Agenda for Europe
3.1.2 Innovation Union
3.1.3 Youth on the Move
3.2 Sustainable Growth
3.2.1 Resource Efficient Europe
3.2.2 An Industrial Policy for the Globalisation Era
3.3 Inclusive Growth
3.3.1 An Agenda for New Skills and Jobs
3.3.2 European Platform against Poverty and Social Exclusion
4 Comparison of 2011 and 2012 Results
5 Appendix

Keywords
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom