JASPERS (Joint Assistance to Support Projects in European Regions) provides advice to the 12 countries that joined the European Union in 2004 and 2007 (Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovak and Slovenia) as well as to Croatia, Greece, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia during project preparation, to help improve the quality of the major projects to be submitted for grant financing under the Structural and Cohesion Funds. The assistance is provided free of charge and is geared towards accelerating the absorption of the available funds.
As at 15 November 2013:
750 assignments completed since start of operations (2006)
JASPERS working on 458 assignments
387 JASPERS-supported applications for major projects submitted to the EU Commission, of which 296 approved
JASPERS is managed by the European Investment Bank (EIB) and co-sponsored by the European Commission, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and KfW.