Aspect of Durability in the Assessment of Effectiveness of Support for Businesses under Structural and Cohesion Funds

16-09-2013

This study reviews experience with the sustainability of business support interventions under the European Union’s Structural Funds (focus on experience under the programming period 2007-2013). Moreover, the study highlights best practices from selected Member States to contribute to further strengthening the sustainability of business support. Finally, a series of conclusions and recommendations focus on the regulation, measurement, and enforcement of sustainability. The study was conducted in the first half of 2013 on the basis of desk research, stakeholder consultations, surveys and case study work.

This study reviews experience with the sustainability of business support interventions under the European Union’s Structural Funds (focus on experience under the programming period 2007-2013). Moreover, the study highlights best practices from selected Member States to contribute to further strengthening the sustainability of business support. Finally, a series of conclusions and recommendations focus on the regulation, measurement, and enforcement of sustainability. The study was conducted in the first half of 2013 on the basis of desk research, stakeholder consultations, surveys and case study work.