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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. 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 technical expertise to thirteen countries: the twelve EU Member States which joined the EU in 2004 and 2007 (Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia) and, since 2011, Croatia, in anticipation of EU accession, scheduled for mid-2013.
JASPERS’ core focus is the current Structural Funds programming period (2007-2013). However, in anticipation of the next 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.