Thank you all again for your comments and e-mails on our continuing negotiations with Brussels. Your input into the new programme is vital if this is to be a truly collaborative process.
Talking of which, the Commission has proposed some new approaches to support local and regional development including Community led local development (CLLD) an option which will be available across all 4 funds and will contunue to be mandatory for rural development and is similar to the LEADER programme .
CLLDs allow funds from various programmes to be combined to support local development strategies which in turn, can be delivered by local action groups consisting of partners from public, private or the third sectors.
What do you think, could this approach work for you?
At what level would a CLLD work, would a local authority be too large or not large enough?
Alternatively there is the provision for a Joint Action Plan (ERDF & ESF only) which offers the opportunity to deliver large scale regional projects and can apply to any area.
Finally there is an Integrated Territorial Investment (ITI) offering the opportunity for the delivery of ERDF & ESF from different thematic objectives – the delivery of which could be delegated to cities.
Do you think the new proposals would be more bureaucratic? (structural funds – bureaucratic – surely not)
As you all know we have used CPPs in this current programme particularly to fund employability projects. In addition, remaining funds have been allocated to the strategic skills pipeline where money is used to match existing local initiatives to further support employment and training opportunities.
Do you see a role for the CPP model in the new programme and if so is this a model which we could widen?