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European Regional Development Fund 2014-2020
Introduction

The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) is a European Commission funding instrument that aims to strengthen economic and social cohesion in the European Union by correcting imbalances between its regions, co-funding public expenditure policies developed by Member States, and aimed at achieving this objective.

                                                                                                    

The ERDF provides non-refundable grants managed directly by public administrations. In the case of Red.es, all specific European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) programmes are co-funded by the Smart Growth Operational Programme (POCint).

Participation and objectives

Red.es is an entity with a budget of 630 million euros of expenditure in investments in the Smart Growth Operational Programme (POCint) for 2014-2020.

The ERDF objectives for this period are

  • To meet the goals of the Europe 2020 Strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.
  • Results-based focus.
  • Maximise the impact of EU funding.
Obligations

Accepting ERDF funding implies certain obligations for the entity, particularly regarding advertising and accepting possible controls and audits. These obligations are included in national and European Union regulations governing ERDF fund management, and compliance is mandatory for beneficiaries of this type of funding.

Below is a list of some of the obligations and conditions assumed by ERDF funding beneficiaries:

a) Pursuant to the provisions of Annex XII, section 2.2 of Regulation (EU) no. 1303/2013, beneficiaries shall:

  • All information and communication measures provided by the beneficiary shall acknowledge support from the ERDF to the operation by displaying the Union emblem in accordance with the technical characteristics laid down in Implementing Regulation (EU) no. 821/2014 of the Commission, of 28 July 2014, which establishes the provisions applicable to Regulation (EU) no. 1303/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council, as well as a reference to the European Union and to the Fund supporting the operation.
  • Inform the public of the support received from the ERDF during implementation of the project by providing a short description on its website, where such a website exists, proportionate to the level of support provided, with its objectives and results, and highlighting the financial support from the Union.
  • No later than three months after completion of an operation, the beneficiary shall put up a permanent plaque or billboard of significant size at a location readily visible to the public. The plaque or billboard shall state the name and the main objective of the operation, a reference to the European Union and the Fund supporting the operation in accordance with the technical characteristics adopted by the Commission in Implementing Regulation (EU) no. 821/2014 of the Commission, of 28 July 2014, which establishes the provisions applicable to Regulation (EU) no. 1303/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council (Article 115, section 4).

b) Keep all supporting documents of co-funded operations and all evidence (originals and legally certified copies) regarding certified project expenditure, during the time necessary for national and/or Smart Growth Operational Programme authorities to check, examine and inspect them.

Pursuant to Article 140 of Regulation 1303/2013, this time is as follows:

  • Operations with a total eligible expenditure of less than 1,000,000 euros: three years from 31 December following the submission of the accounts in which the expenditure of the operation is included.
  • Operations not included in the above paragraph: two years from 31 December following the submission of the accounts in which the expenditure of the operation is included.

c) Keep a separate accounting system for all transactions related to the co-funded project or, at least, an adequate accounting code to clearly identify these transactions.

d) Accept their inclusion in the list of operations published by the Managing Authority (Directorate-General for Community Funds, of the Ministry of Finance and Public Administration), pursuant to Article 115, section 2, of Regulation (EU) no. 1303/2013. The minimum information on the list of operations is laid down in Annex XII, section 1, of the aforementioned Regulation.

e) Meet all the obligations imposed by community regulations on the ERDF, particularly regarding geographical criteria, incompatible public subsidies, environmental protection, gender equality and non-discrimination, storing and conserving documentation, and information and advertising activities; as well as Spanish regulations implementing the above.

f) Beneficiaries must inform Red.es, as the Intermediate Body of the Smart Growth OP, of cases or suspected cases of fraud detected as soon as possible, and of the measures applied to correct and prosecute them.

Our actions
The various actions and programmes Red.es promotes under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) respond to the following investment priorities:
  1. Development of ICT products and services, e-Commerce and a greater demand for ICTs.
  2. Digital literacy, e-government, e-inclusion, e-culture and e-health.
Within these lines of action, Red.es implements the following initiatives: