New EU members’ infrastructure project advice (JASPERS)
New and future EU Member States often require technical support to prepare major infrastructure schemes financed by the Structural and Cohesion Funds. JASPERS (Joint Assistance to Support Projects in European Regions) provides technical expertise for any stage of the project cycle, covering technical, economic and financial questions. It is geared to providing advice, ensuring coordination, developing and reviewing project structures, removing bottlenecks, filling gaps and identifying problems. This helps increase the quantity and quality of requests for EU funding. The total investment cost of the more than 550 projects supported so far is more than EUR 60bn.
Advice is given on:
- conceptual development and project structuring;
- project preparation (e.g. cost-benefit analysis, financial analysis, environmental issues, procurement planning);
- review of documentation: feasibility studies, technical design, grant application;
- compliance with EU law (environmental, competition and others);
- conformity with EU policies.
The beneficiary sectors are:
- trans-European transport energy and telecommunications networks (TENs);
- other transport, including road, rail, river, air and sea transport
- clean-urban and public transport;
- environmental remediation;
- waste management;
- renewable energy;
- water and sanitation services; water risk management.
JASPERS operates through annual country action plans and prospective beneficiaries should first discuss with their national managing authority about their inclusion in these. JASPERS is managed by the EIB and co-sponsored by the European Commission, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the German state development bank the KfW.
More information on JASPERS (Joint Assistance to Support Projects in the European Regions) can be found on the dedicated website
Jaspers has become a trusted source of help and technical advice in beneficiary Member States and Pre-Accession Countries which qualify for EU structural funds. This film charts how this has been achieved, and offers ideas from its 2013 annual stakeholders meeting on how Jaspers can evolve and expand over the coming years.