• Home
  • Programmes for who? for what?

Programmes for who? for what?

Who has been managing European funds in France since 2014?

From Europe to the territories

The three policies covered by the European structural and investment funds are implemented in the territories via national, regional, interregional or cross-border "programmes" which stipulate how the funds are to be used locally.

Under the French law on the modernisation of public territorial action and affirmation of metropolitan areas of 27 January 2014, the State delegates the management of part of the European funds in France to the regional councils. Until the 2007-2013 programmes were determined, the State was the European funds' managing authority (except for the Alsace region and European territorial cooperation programmes). The regional councils were however entrusted with the management of part of these funds, via general subsidies. In 2014, the regional councils became managing authorities for the ERDF, EAFRD and part of the ESF.

"What has changed for the beneficiaries?":

The beneficiaries will have new and different contacts depending on the fund or programme.

The 2014-2020 European programmes

83 programmes in France for the 2014-2020 period

At regional level:

In metropolitan France, the regional councils act as managing authorities of:

  • an ERDF-ESF programme, with the exception of the Alsace region which has chosen to manage a separate programme for each fund. For the ESF, only "training" related measures are the responsibility of the regional councils, which corresponds with 35% of the ESF's budget for France;
  • rural development programme (EAFRD), in accordance with national guidelines;
  • multi-regional programmes for mountain areas and river basins, and European territorial cooperation programmes, when relevant.

 

Specific characteristics of the outermost regions:

French Guiana and Martinique:

  • the regional council acts as the managing authority of an ERDF-ESF (35% - training) and a rural development programme (EAFRD);
  • the regional prefect manages an ESF programme (65% - employment / inclusion).

 

Guadeloupe:

  • the regional council acts as the managing authority of an ERDF-ESF (35% - training) and a rural development programme (EAFRD);
  • the regional prefect manages an ESF programme (65% - employment / inclusion) which includes an ERDF component dedicated to Saint-Martin.

 

Reunion Island:

  • the regional council acts as the managing authority of an ERDF programme and a rural development programme (EAFRD);
  • the regional prefect manages an ESF programme (100% - training / employment / inclusion).

 

Mayotte:

  • the regional prefect acts as the managing authority of an ERDF-ESF programme (100%);
  • the regional council manages the rural development programme (EAFRD).

 

At national level:

The State, through the General Delegation for employment and vocational training (DGEFP), acts as the managing authority of 65% of the ESF's budget, which corresponds with the "Employment and social inclusion" measures within the national ESF programme. By agreement, in metropolitan France, the departmental councils or the Local integration and employment plans (PLIE) will manage the "inclusion" component of the programme.

The EMFF, European maritime and fisheries fund, has given rise to a national programme, managed by the maritime fisheries and aquaculture Directorate (DPMA) of the Ministry of ecology, sustainable development and energy. Some of the measures featured in this national programme will be delegated to the maritime regions.

For the EAFRD, the Ministry of agriculture, food and forestry oversees the measures at national level and manages two national EAFRD programmes: the "Risk management" national programme and the "Rural network" national programme.

A national technical assistance programme, Europ’Act, managed by the CGET, is the central instrument which provides managing authorities with assistance for the smooth implementation of the funds.

The State is jointly responsible for implementing the four funds in the territory. This governance is reflected in a State-regions committee responsible for monitoring the smooth running of all programmes and funds.