Financial engineering in het Europees cohesiebeleid, toespraak van Danuta Hübner
Gisteren sprak Danuta Hübner, Europese Commissaris voor Regionaal beleid, over European Commissioner responsible for Regional Policy, over financial engineering in cohesiebeleid op het seminarie van de European Association of Public Banks event.
To conclude let me highlight some of the concrete actions and legislative changes in Cohesion Policy with regard to financial engineering instruments:
- The Commission proposes changes to the legal provisions in order to further facilitate the contracting with EIB and EIF. In addition, in-kind contributions could be declared as eligible expenditure in all cases, either where creating or contributing to a financial engineering instrument.
- Second, the Commission intends, together with EIB, to significantly expand the use of Jaspers facility. Therefore the Commission proposes an increase of 25% in its technical assistance capacity from 2009 onwards. This will raise the total number of experts to more than 70, to assist new Member States in the preparation of major projects.
- Third, the Commission works closely with the EIB and EIF to assist Member States to fully use the possibilities offered by JEREMIE to promote entrepreneurship. Furthermore, the Commission, in close partnership with the EIB group, encourages Member States to strengthen the business environment for micro-credits.
- Fourth, in order to enhance the implementation of JEREMIE and JESSICA, the Commission, in co-operation with the EIF, the EIB and the Member States, will launch early next year two specific networking platforms as a forum for exchange of information, guidance and good practice.