CEPS provided i) a mapping of existing conditionalities within the EU Budget; ii) an evaluation of their efficiency (or potential efficiency) in delivering results; iii) a critical analysis on the possibility to extend or expand the use of effective conditionality arrangements.
Against this background, the objectives of the Study were:
– Objective 1: Gaining an accurate overview of the different types of conditionality (performance and policy conditionalities) which have been used so far within the EU.
– Objective 2: Identify and critically analyse different policy design options for conditionality mechanisms that are consistent with EU objectives, with the economic governance framework and contribute to the overall goals of EU Regional and Cohesion Policy.
– Objective 3: Define viable policy recommendations to enhance the impact of budgetary instruments and tools, in the framework of the current and perspective economic context.
To accomplish the above-mentioned objectives, the methodology took into consideration developing the following actions:
– Action 1: Desk Research to Map Conditionality Arrangements within EU Programmes
– Action 2: Definition of ‘Optimal’ Criteria for Conditionality.
– Action 3: Targeted Semi-structured interviews with relevant stakeholders and experts
– Action 4: Overview of potential conditionality mechanisms
– Action 5: Synthesis and Policy Recommendations