A EU Commission’s call for public authorities to support them in their sustainability transitions
The EU Commission’s DG Regio opened a call for expression of interest for all public authorities involved in the programming and/or management of the 2021-2027 programmes co-financed by the ERDF and/or the Cohesion Fund, to participate in the piloting of the World Bank’s “Sustainability Transition Assessment Framework”.
The Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy (DG Regio) of the European Commission published a call for expression of interest for public authorities to participate in the piloting of the World Bank’s “Sustainability Transition Assessment Framework”.
The call is open until the 8th of July 2022 to all public authorities "involved in the programming and/or management of the 2021-2027 programmes co-financed by the ERDF and/or the Cohesion Fund", for instance ministries, regional authorities, or coordinating bodies, etc. The selected public authorities will participate to the diagnostic framework developed by the World Bank, which offers Member States an instrument to assess and contribute to the improvement of their capacity to support sustainability transitions.
The key questions that the Sustainability Transition Assessment Framework intends to answer to are: “how effective are governments and public administrations at achieving long-term sustainability transitions? How can such effectiveness be assessed? How can the impact of Cohesion investments be enhanced?”
The framework allows both to increase the effectiveness of cohesion policy funds over 2021-2027 period, and Member States to spot gaps in their policies and investments on sustainability and transitions. In the exercise, experts from the World Bank will work with the selected public authorities “to assess attributes of government capacity in selected energy, environmental and climate sectors”. This assessment will help participants to improve plans and prioritize actions in up to eleven sectors and six cross-cutting areas.
While the piloting phase of this tool is going to test the practicability of the Sustainability Transition Assessment Framework, the exercise is supposed to measure the quality of a country’s policies management rather than the sustainability outcomes themselves. After this pilote action, the participating authorities will receive recommendations to improve the effectiveness of cohesion policy investments.