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94/1058/EC: Commission Decision of 16 December 1994 on the approval of the Single Programming Document for Community structural assistance in the region of Pays de la Loire concerned by Objective 2 in France (Only the French text is authentic)



Official Journal L 384 , 31/12/1994 P. 0077 - 0079



COMMISSION DECISION of 16 December 1994 on the approval of the Single Programming Document for Community structural assistance in the region of Pays de la Loire concerned by Objective 2 in France (Only the French text is authentic) (94/1058/EC)

THE COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES,

Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European Community,

Having regard to Council Regulation (EEC) No 4253/88 of 19 December 1988 laying down provisions for implementing Regulation (EEC) No 2052/88 as regards coordination of activities of the different Structural Funds between themselves and with the operations of the European Investment Bank and the other existing financial instruments (1), as amended by Regulation (EEC) No 2082/93 (2), and in particular Article 10 (1) last subparagraph thereof,

After consultation of the Advisory Committee on the Development and Conversion of Regions and the Committee pursuant to Article 124 of the Treaty,

Whereas the programming procedure for structural assistance under Objective 2 is defined in Article 9 (8) to (10) of Council Regulation (EEC) No 2052/88 of 24 June 1988 on the tasks of the Structural Funds and their effectiveness and on coordination of their activities between themselves and with the operations of the European Investment Bank and the other existing financial instruments (3), as amended by Regulation (EEC) No 2081/93 (4); whereas, however, the last subparagraph of Article 5 (2) of Regulation (EEC) No 4253/88 foresees that in order to simplify and to speed up programming procedures, Member States may submit in a Single Programming Document the information required for the regional and social conversion plan referred to in Article 9 (8) of Regulation (EEC) No 2052/88 and the information required at Article 14 (2) of Regulation (EEC) No 4253/88; whereas Article 10 (1) last subparagraph of Regulation (EEC) No 4253/88 foresees that in that case the Commission adopts a single decision in a Single Document covering the points referred to in Article 8 (3) and the assistance from the Funds referred to in the last subparagraph of Article 14 (3);

Whereas the Commission has established, by Decision 94/169/EC (5), an initial list of declining industrial areas concerned by Objective 2 for the period 1994 to 1996;

Whereas the French Government has submitted to the Commission on 28 April 1994 the Single Programming Document referred to in Article 5 (2) of Regulation (EEC) No 4253/88 for the region of Pays de la Loire; whereas this document contains the elements referred to in Article 9 (8) of Regulation (EEC) No 2052/88 and in Article 14 (2) of Regulation (EEC) No 4253/88; whereas expenditure under this Single Programming Document is eligible pursuant to Article 33 (2) of Regulation (EEC) No 4253/88, from 1 January 1994;

Whereas the Single Programming Document submitted by this Member State includes a description of the conversion priorities selected and the applications for assistance from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the European Social Fund (ESF) as well as an indication of the planned use of the assistance available from the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the other financial instruments in implementing the Single Programming Document;

Whereas, in accordance with Article 3 of Regulation (EEC) No 4253/88, the Commission is charged with ensuring, within the framework of the partnership, coordination and consistency between assistance from the Funds and assistance provided by the EIB and the other financial instruments, including the ECSC and the other actions for structural purposes;

Whereas the EIB has been involved in the drawing up of the Single Programming Document in accordance with the provisions of Article 8 (1) of Regulation (EEC) No 4253/88, applicable by analogy in the establishment of the Single Programming Document; whereas it has declared itself prepared to contribute to the implementation of this document in conformity with its statutory provisions; whereas, however, it has not yet been possible to evaluate precisely the amounts of Community loans corresponding to the financial needs;

Whereas Article 2 second subparagraph of Commission Regulation (EEC) No 1866/90 of 2 July 1990 on arrangements for using the ecu for the purpose of the budgetary management of the Structural Funds (1), as last amended by Regulation (EC) No 2745/94 (2), stipulates that in the Commission Decisions approving a Single Programming Document, the Community assistance available for the entire period and the annual breakdown thereof shall be set out in ecus at prices for the year in which each Decision is taken and shall be subject to indexation; whereas this annual breakdown must be compatible with the progressive increase in the commitment appropriations shown in Annex II to Regulation (EEC) No 2052/88; whereas indexation is based on a single rate per year, corresponding to the rates applied annually to budget appropriations on the basis of the mechanism for the technical adjustment of the financial perspectives;

Whereas Article 1 of Council Regulation (EEC) No 4254/88 of 19 December 1988 laying down provisions for implementing Regulation (EEC) No 2052/88 as regards the European Regional Development Fund (3), as amended by Regulation (EEC) No 2083/93 (4), defines the measures for which the ERDF may provide financial support;

Whereas Article 1 of Council Regulation (EEC) No 4255/88 of 19 December 1988 laying down provisions for implementing Regulation (EEC) No 2052/88 as regards the European Social Fund (5), as amended by Regulation (EEC) No 2084/93 (6), defines the measures for which the ESF may provide financial support;

Whereas the Single Programming Document has been established in agreement with the Member State concerned through the partnership defined in Article 4 of Regulation (EEC) No 2052/88;

Whereas the Single Programming Document satisfies the conditions and includes the information required by Article 14 of Regulation (EEC) No 4253/88;

Whereas Article 9 (3) of Regulation (EEC) No 4253/88 lays down that Member States shall provide the relevant financial information to the Commission to permit verification of the respect of the principle of additionality; whereas the analysis, in the framework of partnership, of the information provided for by the French authorities has not yet allowed this verification; whereas, payments should therefore be suspended after the first advance provided for in Article 21 (2) of the said Regulation until the Commission will have verified the respect of the additionality;

Whereas the present assistance satisfies the conditions laid down in Article 13 of Regulation (EEC) No 4253/88, and so should be implemented by means of an integrated approach involving finance from more than one Fund;

Whereas Article 1 of the Financial Regulation of 21 December 1977 applicable to the general budget of the European Communities (7), as last amended by Regulation (ECSC, EC, Euratom) No 2730/94 (8), states that the legal commitments entered into for measures extending over more than one financial year must contain a time limit for implementation which must be specified to the recipient in due form when the aid is granted;

Whereas all the other conditions laid down for the grant of aid from the ERDF and the ESF have been complied with,

HAS ADOPTED THIS DECISION:

Article 1

The Single Programming Document for Community structural assistance in the region of Pays de la Loire concerned by Objective 2 in France, covering the period 1 January 1994 to 31 December 1996, is hereby approved.

Article 2

The Single Programming Document includes the following essential elements:

(a) a statement of the main priorities for joint action, their specific quantified objectives, an appraisal of their expected impact and their consistency with economic, social and regional policies in France;

the main priorities are:

1. support enterprise and employment;

2. improve the attractiveness of the region for new enterprise;

3. improve the technical environment within existing enterprises;

4. strengthen and diversify the industrial base;

(b) the assistance from the Structural Funds as referred to in Article 4;

(c) the detailed provisions for implementing the Single Programming Document comprising:

- the procedures for monitoring and evaluation,

- the financial implementation provisions,

- the rules for compliance with Community policies;

(d) the procedures for verifying additionality;

(e) the arrangements for associating the environmental authorities with the implementation of the Single Programming Document;

(f) the means available for technical assistance necessary for the preparation, implementation or adaptation of the measures concerned.

Article 3

For the purpose of indexation, the annual breakdown of the global maximal allocation foreseen for the assistance from the Structural Funds is as follows:

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Article 4

The assistance from the Structural Funds granted to the Single Programming Document amounts to a maximum of ECU 135,9 million.

The procedure for granting the financial assistance, including the financial contribution from the Funds to the various priorities and measures, is set out in the financing plan and the detailed implementing provisions which form an integral part of the Single Programming Document.

The national financial contribution envisaged, which is approximately ECU 186 million for the public sector may be met in part by Community loans, in particular from the ECSC and EIB.

Article 5

1. The breakdown among the Structural Funds of the total Community assistance available is as follows:

- ERDF:ECU 109,6 million,

- ESF:ECU 26,3 million.

2. The budgetary commitments for the first instalment are as follows:

- ERDF:ECU 34,836 million,

- ESF:ECU 8,359 million.

Commitments of subsequent instalments will be based on the financing plan for the Single Programming Document and on progress in its implementation.

3. The financial contribution will be suspended after the payment of the first advance provided for in Article 21 (2) of Regulation (EEC) No 4253/88 until such time as the Commission has verified the respect of the principle of additionality on the basis of the relevant information supplied by the Member State.

Article 6

The breakdown among the Structural Funds and the procedure for the grant of the assistance may be altered subsequently, subject to the availability of funds and the budgetary rules, in the light of adjustments decided according to the procedure laid down in Article 25 (5) of Regulation (EEC) No 4253/88.

Article 7

The Community aid concerns expenditure on operations under the Single Programming Document which, in the Member State concerned, are the subject of legally binding commitments and for which the requisite finance has been specifically allocated no later than 31 December 1996. The final date for taking account of expenditure on these measures is 31 December 1998.

Article 8

The Single Programming Document shall be implemented in accordance with Community law, and in particular Articles 6, 30, 48, 52, 59, 92 and 93 of the EC Treaty and the Community Directives on the coordination of procedures for the award of contracts.

Article 9

This Decision is addressed to the French Republic.

Done at Brussels, 16 December 1994.

For the Commission Bruce MILLAN Member of the Commission

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