JASPERS (Joint Assistance to Support Projects in European Regions) provides advice to the 13 countries that joined the European Union in 2004, 2007 and 2013 (Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovak and Slovenia) as well as to 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.
JASPERS' project preparation support may be made available to other EU countries benefitting from EU Structural and Cohesion Funds if there is demand and resources made available.
The assistance is provided free of charge and is geared towards accelerating the absorption of the available funds.
As at 2nd March 2015:
919 assignments completed since start of operations (2006)
458 JASPERS-supported applications for major projects submitted to the EU Commission (EU-14), of which 402 approved (13 since 1st January 2015)
In 2014, 64 applications for major projects were submitted and the EU Commission approved 79, including applications submitted earlier
JASPERS is managed by the European Investment Bank (EIB) and co-sponsored by the European Commission and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).