Partnership Agreement 2021-2027 - Preparatory work

Formal negotiations with the European Commission started in January 2022, following the agreement reached in the Unified Conference on 16th December 2021 and with the approval of the CIPESS during the meeting held on 22nd December 2021, in accordance with articles 10 of the Regulation (EU) 2021/1060 containing common provisions applicable to the Funds. Within the 90 days, the Commission can provide observations to be taken into account by the Member State in the process of the  Agreement revision, which the Commission then adopts with an implementing decision. In June 2022, Italy notified the revised version, following the observations of the Commission, of the proposal for a Partnership Agreement for the 2021-2027 programming period of the European cohesion policy in Italy. Pursuant to Article 21 of Regulation (EU) 2021/1060, Member States shall submit the Programmes (national and regional) to the Commission no later than 90 days from the presentation of the Agreement which must therefore be approved within 5 months from the date of their first presentation. 

Starting from 2019, under the strategic direction and management of the Department for Cohesion Policies of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, in Italy has begun the planning of cohesion policy for the period 2021-2027. In compliance with the Delegated Regulation (EU) no. 240/2014 on the European Code of Conduct on Partnership, the partnership consultation process involving all the actors of the country's institutional and economic-social partnership was launched.

The activities were initially organized into five Thematic Working Tables, one for each of the strategic policy objectives (POs) envisaged by Regulation (EU) 2021/1060 containing common provisions on funds.

Thematic Working Table 1: A smarter Europe

Thematic Working Table 2: A greener Europe

Thematic Working Table 3: A more connected Europe

Thematic Working Table 4: A more social and inclusive Europe

Thematic Working Table 5: A Europe closer to citizens

Several draft versions of the Partnership Agreement were therefore prepared, sent to the European Commission for the purpose of the informal dialogue and shared with the partnership. 

In the following folder is available all the useful documentation to acknowledge the process and the related progress. In particular, the draft versions of the Partnership Agreement, the initial programming documents for the 2021-2027 period for Italy, the materials presented in the plenary session of the partnership consultation meetings, and the materials prepared as supporting documents for the carrying out the work of the five thematic tables can be downloaded. Documents and presentations specifically related to the Just Transition Fund (JTF) are also available.

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