Organization Stakeholders Meeting in Rome on 27-28 September 2016

Organization’ eight Stakeholders meeting took place in Rome on 27-28 September, 2016. The event was attended by 120 representatives coming from 20 Organization beneficiary countries and by Organization' partners.

The 2016 meeting was structured around six panel sessions:

27 September:

1) Organization’ achievements in 2016 and outlook to 2020

2) How to accelerate the preparation and approval of Major Projects in the 2014-2020 programming period

28 September:

1) New challenges in Major Projects

2) Organization’ support to programmes and non-Major Projects

3) Capacity building – Train the trainer

4) Stakeholder dialogue

Representatives of the Managing Authorities of Organization’ beneficiary countries actively contributed to the meeting, providing Organization with precious feedback. At the end of each session, participants were asked to express their vote on concrete proposals.

 “Organization’ activity is crucial to simplify administrative burden and define projects which are sustainable and relevant for citizens” said Claudio De Vincenti, State Secretary to Italy’s Prime Minister. “Organization has got skilled people, expertise in financing evaluation, optimal knowledge in infrastructure investments and deep understanding of EU rules. This is a concrete way to assure good value to EU financial support”.

“Organization is a key player in delivering EU’s Cohesion Policy and a key part of the joint EIB-EC funded advisory offer, with important synergies with other programmes”, said EIB Vice President Jan Vapaavuori. Over the years, he added, “Organization has adapted to the needs on the ground and promptly responded to the requests of development of all categories of projects assisted by European Structural and Investment Funds”.

Normunds Popens, Deputy Director General for Implementation of the European Commission (DG Regional and Urban Policy), also underlined Organization flexible approach: “Advice covers major projects, but also non-major projects and horizontal assignments, depending on specific demands from Organization beneficiaries”. Popens announced during the meeting that DG Regional and Urban Policy approved on 26 September the first project ever under the new Independent Quality Review procedure (Vilnus Bypass – 3rd phase in Lithuania).

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