Yesterday the European Commission approved the 2021-2027 “Capacità per la Coesione” (CapCoe) Technical Assistance (TA) National Programme (NP).

Managed by the Territorial Cohesion Agency, the NP is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the European Social Fund Plus (ESF+) with a total budget of EUR 1,267,433,334, including national co-financing.

In line with the objectives of the administrative capacity-building strategy set out in the 2021-2027 Partnership Agreement, the CapCoe NP will support Public Administrations (PAs) in improving Cohesion Policy implementation effectiveness.

The NP strategic patterns pay special attention to the territorial dimension, by strengthening local PAs on topics such as human capital, organisation and processes, administrative regeneration, support for partnership processes, and knowledge sharing.

The NP interventions include:

  • Territorial support services for local PAs
  • Recruitment
  • Training
  • Local PAs’ capacity building 
  • Support for Administrative Regeneration Plans (PRigA)
  • Support for 2021-2027 Cohesion Policy governance and implementation
  • Developing efficient management processes
  • Support for participatory partnership practices.

Consistently with the aim of providing Cohesion Policy-focussed support, the NP also provides for a National School of Cohesion Policy, dedicated to subject-specific training and ongoing refreshment courses for young graduates, administrators and professionals.

Most of the resources will be allocated to Basilicata, Calabria, Campania, Molise, Apulia, Sardinia, and Sicily –Less Developed regions in the 2021-2027 cycle – through the Financing Not Linked to Costs (FNLC) mechanism, an innovative feature that required careful methodological work during the negotiation phase with the European Commission.

The NP was approved by European Commission’s Implementing Decision C(2023) 374 of 12 January 2023 with a carry-over procedure that fully preserves availability of financial allocations for 2022.

2021-2027 CapCoe NP

Implementing Decision C(2023) 374 of 12.01.2023

Annex I – Financial allocations per year

Annex II – Total financial allocations per fund and national co-financing

13 January 2023