JASPERS ('Joint Assistance to Support Projects in European Regions') is a technical assistance partnership between the European Commission, the European Investment Bank, and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Its purpose is to promote the efficient use of EU Structural Funds, thereby stimulating future investment.
The JASPERS Networking Platform was launched in late 2012 to complement JASPERS project advisory operations, by addressing specific project preparation issues of horizontal nature, implementing knowledge sharing and targeted capacity building activities, as well as fostering dissemination of good practices and exchange of experiences among JASPERS Stakeholders.
Participation to the activities of the Networking Platform is open to JASPERS partners and relevant public authorities from EU member states and pre-accession countries.
JASPERS experts work in close cooperation with the Commission and the Member States to assist the latter in producing mature project proposals which will be supported by EU funds, as well as to identify potential projects for assistance.
JASPERS provides advice and technical expertise to the thirteen countries that joined the European Union in 2004, 2007 and 2013 (Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia) as well as to Greece, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia.
In anticipation of the programming period 2014-2020, since 2010 JASPERS has been assisting in the preparation of projects to be submitted for funding after 2013 and it now provides support on horizontal and strategic issues, capacity building and the implementation of projects. Horizontal actions are actions which involve JASPERS assessing issues that affect several projects/sub-sectors/countries. Such actions are supported either by the JASPERS team directly or with the use of consultants, and the output of the assistance is through reports/workshops/presentations. Horizontal actions can help unblock issues across a whole sector or series of projects (e.g. state aid, environmental issues, CBA.)
The decision to provide an EU grant from either the European Regional Development Fund or the Cohesion Fund for a project prepared with the assistance of JASPERS remains the responsibility of the European Commission.