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Business for tomorrow: Italy on the radar

European Structural and Investment Funds 2021-2027

Italy has been one of the largest EU funding recipients under the EU Cohesion Policy throughout the last programming cycles. Structural funds represent a key element driving economic strategies both at national and regional level.

For 2014-2020, Italy was the second largest recipient of EU Structural funds with a total budget of more than €44 billion. These resources were allocated to address some of the major country priorities: an innovation-friendly business environment, digital infrastructures, labour market participation, unemployment, social inclusion, or administrative capacity. 

What's on the plate? The latest news from Italy

The Department for Cohesion Policy within the Office of the Prime Minister coordinates the preparation of the future generation of EU funds in Italy. In March 2019, broad consultations were launched with key stakeholders such as central and regional authorities, economic institutions and social partners, in the framework of 5 working groups.

Italian authorities decided to structure the consultations around four pillars that represent transversal objectives of the actions to be implemented:

Quality jobs ​Territory and natural resources for next generations
​Equality and quality of services for citizens ​Culture as a tool of social and economic cohesion
What comes next?

The drafting of the 2021-2027 Operational Programmes will continue throughout 2019 and 2020. A first Governmental proposal on the new investment Programmes is expected within the next few months.

The final documents should be approved by the European Commission by the end of 2020 and their actual implementation should start at the beginning of 2021. The timeline will be strongly influenced by the adoption of the EU budget and EU funding regulations by the European institutions.

Why should you engage in the ESIF 2021-2027 preparation process?

To gain early intelligence on the future EU funded business environment in Italy
To plan your future business strategies in the country
To position your organization to shape the new EU funding programmes in the country

How we can help you?

At Schuman Associates, we have developed extensive experience in supporting clients to understand and influence the policy and funding framework driving previous EU cycles (2000-2006, 2007-2013, 2014-2020). Through this guidance, our clients were able to leverage downstream market opportunities in their countries of interest and win EU funded business.

Following the right strategy, you will be best placed to either use EU funding for your investment projects or to sell your solutions in public funded projects.

Moreover, our local presence will allow us to:
  1. Guide you through national, local and regional public funding complementary to ESIF
  2. Engage with international financing institutions working in Italy in close cooperation with the European Commission
  3. Access key stakeholders and local partners 

For more information, you can contact the Schuman Associates Partner based in Italy, Danai Tsapikidou 

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