In the 2014-2020 period, the CF supports projects that fall under the above-listed investment priorities, are designed to bring environmental benefits and have a national or European dimension. The projects are therefore relatively large and costly.
After the slow start due to the late agreement of the MFF 2014-2020, the implementation process is currently gaining momentum. A preliminary analysis of the partnership agreements shows that in 2014-2020, more than 51% of the CF allocation will contribute to TO 7: development of network infrastructures in transport and energy (Figure 2). In general, however, CF investments in infrastructure will decrease, while those in research and technology, ICT, competitiveness of small and medium-size enterprises and the low-carbon economy will increase. This shift is considered a result of the new approach to the programming of the ESI Funds, that is, concentration on selected thematic objectives.
Thanks to the ESI Funds’ improved reporting and evaluation rules for the 2014-2020 period, data on the Member States’ expected achievements for all common output indicators related to all of the ESI Funds are collected and presented on a special online platform. For the Cohesion Fund, there are thirteen different indicators, divided into four categories: environment, energy, climate change and transport.