JASPERS - Joint Assistance to Support Projects in European Regions
JASPERS is a technical assistance partnership managed by the EIB and co-sponsored by the European Commission (DG Regional and Urban Policy) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). JASPERS is an important instrument of the EU Cohesion Policy.
Projects supported in the following sectors:
- Public transport
- Solid waste
- Smart development
JASPERS focuses on large projects with total costs exceeding EUR 50 million for environmental projects and EUR 75 million for transport or other sectors (for more details on sectors of activity, http://www.jaspers-europa-info.org/content/energy-and-solid-waste). However, there is flexibility about these thresholds in the case of small countries or where projects serve as pilot actions to establish best practice.
Beneficiary countries as at 31/12/2016:
- 19 EU Member States (Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and United Kingdom)
- Four Accession countries (the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey).
JASPERS' project preparation support may be made available to other EU countries benefitting from EU Structural and Cohesion Funds, if there is demand and resources made available.
JASPERS provides technical expertise for any stage of the project cycle from the early stages of project conception through to the final application for EU funding. Assistance may cover:
- Project review and recommendations
- Horizontal tasks
- Strategic support
- Capacity building
- Implementation support
- Independent quality review
JASPERS Activities: November 2006 – 2016
Since start of operations in 2006, JASPERS has completed 1142 assignments. As at 31/12/2016, a total of 536 JASPERS-assisted applications for funding for major projects had been approved by the European Commission, for a total investment cost of EUR 84.5 billion, of which EU grants amounted to EUR60.7 billion.
JASPERS’ support is available to the majority (16) of EU and to three Candidate Countries. Those who are not yet availing themselves of JASPERS may obtain it, subject to the agreement of JASPERS’ Steering Committee. In 2015, JASPERS’ assistance was extended to France and Italy. JASPERS’ Steering Committee also authorised JASPERS to respond to requests that might come through the Advisory Hub, where JASPERS is best placed for delivering advice. During the year, JASPERS was requested by the European Commission (DG Regional and Urban Policy) to provide a post-submission appraisal function to the EC for all major projects submitted directly to the EC. In 2015, eight Member States requested JASPERS support for Connecting Europe Facility projects and an agreement with DG MOVE was reached for the involvement of JASPERS in the preparation of such projects, mainly in the road and rail sectors.
JASPERS’ headquarters are in Luxembourg, with offices in Brussels, Bucharest, Vienna, Warsaw and Sofia.
More information on JASPERS can be found on the dedicated website.